Gunplay If You Live in Washington, You …

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The legislation is not a work of art, either. Anything that involves computers and background checks–as this bill does for gun purchases–is an abuse waiting to happen. As computers grow more sophisticated, people find more sophisticated ways to use them–all of them always involving curtailment of liberties. Australia, actually, is the country that pioneered the antilibertarian use of databases. Even in [&hellip
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Trekkies

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Trekkies directed by Roger Nygard What is the nature of obsession? Almost any of the Star Trek fans who appear onscreen in Roger Nygard’s documentary Trekkies could answer that question. That is, they could answer it if they agreed that what there are engaged in is an obsession, as opposed to a hobby or interest. And most of them [&hellip
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Gun Control Solves Nothing; PLUS Steve Brill, Maureen Dowd, John Gotti and Irving the Wolf

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

(Hey, Are Bombs Being Dropped Every Day in Yugoslavia?) More stringent laws on who can purchase guns in America? Fine by me, but don’t kid yourself that the largely symbolic legislation passed by the Senate last week will halt the rash of copycat teen shootings in high schools. And neither will the hypocritical cries of [&hellip
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The Love Letter

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

The Love Letter directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan   The Third Man directed by Carol Reed Kate Capshaw plays Helen, a bookstore owner who discovers an unsigned love letter and obsesses about its author among her kooky employees and quaint neighbors. Her romantic suspicions make her antsy–like a vacationer freaking out from Lyme disease panic. Screenwriter Maria Maggenti rips off the more interesting [&hellip
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Is The Ascent of Females The Decline of Males?

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Lionel Tiger and Helen Fisher are both Rutgers anthropologists. Both have new books out. And both are pissing people off. Tiger’s book is called The Decline of Males (Golden Books/St. Martin’s, 323 pages, $23). Fisher’s might well be called The Ascent of Females, but she chose instead to update Simone de Beauvoir and call it The [&hellip
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Q&A With Suzanne Vega

Written by J.T. Leroy on . Posted in Posts

A Q&A with Suzanne Vega The Passionate I   When I told my shrink I was interviewing her, he laughed. Not a mean laugh, an impressed laugh. It was cool. He just didn’t think I’d be into her. Most of the bands I like he’s never heard of, and they just sound angry. It turned out he’s a Suzanne Vega [&hellip
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The Daily Papers Won’t Credit A Black Newspaper For Scooping Them

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

“The mainstream papers credit each other,” claims Milton Allimadi, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the black-oriented weekly paper The Black Star News. “[But] they’ll never credit a paper like Black Star.”   Allimadi’s referring to an instance of daily newspaper cluelessness to make your skin crawl. Last week, the dailies reported “new” details in that weird Christian [&hellip
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Notting Hill Is Bad, But The Loss of Innocence May Be the Year’s Worst So Far

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Notting Hill directed by Roger Michell Those lips, those eyes: They seem to belong to the sketchpad of some stoned fashion designer bent on mocking his—or the culture’s—lust for outlandish ideals. The perfection of her looks was never balanced or poised but always loud, aggressive, unashamedly incongruous. Does anyone ever mention that the different features of her face, striking though [&hellip
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Madeleine Albright’s Family of War Profiteers

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

What’s in Albright’s Attic? Dear, oh dear! I wonder what happened to Walter Isaacson’s researchers. Could it be that Time Warner and Ted Turner are turning into scrooges? Or is it simply a case of Walter baby letting sleeping dogs lie to continue to enjoy access to Madeleine’s boudoir for as long as she remains secretary of state? Last week’s Time [&hellip
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A Daily Paper Buys a Weekly; Bay Guardian’s Brugmann Busts a Gut

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Posts

The Advocate Papers Have “Sold Out” to Times Mirror. But Should Anyone Care? Bruce B. Brugmann—the cantankerous publisher and editor of the left-wing weekly San Francisco Bay Guardian—is on the phone from California, foaming at the mouth about why federal intervention’s needed to stop more so-called “alternative” newspapers from selling out to big media conglomerates.”The daily paper should not be [&hellip
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