Are We Post-Apocalyptic Yet?

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

There’s a line of scholarly thought that says the 20th century was peculiarly preoccupied with apocalyptic thinking. Part of the stimulus is artificial—the millennium—but it’s also been a logical response to concrete, “traumatic” events. The notion, as James Berger, an assistant professor of English at Hofstra, posits it in his book After the End: Representations of Post-Apocalypse (University of Minnesota Press, [&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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The Media Flips

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

I was riding down the elevator in our apartment building last Friday morning with two construction workers who were off on a coffee break. One of the guys was wearing a tie-dyed shirt and had long, black hair down to his butt: a 60s throwback performing an honest day’s work–that is, if you consider unions honest. Anyway, I asked him [&hellip
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Base-balkans Base-balkans It being Opening Day this week, …

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

Thinking of Pesky reminded me that one of the ridiculous aspects of the conflict so far has been the constant slurring of the Serbs (as a people) as a bunch of subhuman weirdos. Last week, on the night that our F-117 got shot down and shown on Serbian television, CNN found an absolute lunatic, a retired major general named [&hellip
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LOVERS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

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

Lovers of the Arctic Circle directed by Julio Medem Do some movies begin as a snappy title? The filmmaker’s sitting in the tub, say, or waiting for a train to arrive, idly spinning words through his head, when suddenly a phrase clicks, and then he can’t get it out of his head. I suspect something of this sort may have been [&hellip
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Paulina directed by Vicky Funari

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

Paulina directed by Vicky Funari Plenty of people had it rough as children, but you’d have to look a long time to find somebody who had it rougher than Paulina Cruz Suarez, subject of the riveting nonfiction feature Paulina. In early adolescence, she got up the nerve to leave Mauro, traveled to Mexico City and returned to the town in [&hellip
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Only Clouds Move the Stars

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

Only Clouds Move the Stars directed by Torun Lian Passing off a canard as insight, Vincent Canby in the March 25 New York Times slapped Steven Spielberg with this backhanded compliment: “He has a child’s-eye view of the universe. He demonstrates an uncanny appreciation for children’s fears and fantasies… To hail him as an Eisenstein is to mislead him and the public.” [&hellip
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An Interview With Silverchair

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

Emotion Sickness Silverchair Gets Moody Recently I spoke by phone to bassist Chris Joannou and singer/guitarist Daniel Johns.   Have you started doing the whole press-tour thing again? Joannou: Yeah, we just finished a record and are promoting it now. We were just on the road for the last three weeks doing a small town or two with a [&hellip
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