LUV ACTUALLY: Jesse Walker writes (my comments in itals):You left out the two worst things about Love Actually:1. You know those syrupy climax scenes that weigh down the endings of every romantic comedy these days? This movie *opens* with one, and then it keeps bombarding you with them *all the way through the movie*.[Oh, yes! Yes! Exactly!!! --E]2. In the middle of all that crap, the subplot about Bill Nighy as the aging singer is actually funny. So you find yourself recommending things like … [Read more...]

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"LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENT": IN THE NEW CENTURY I THINK WE WILL ALL BE INSANE. First scene of new short story. Um. This is a rough one. Rated for sexualized violence, and vice versa. (Mostly in the second scene, not this one.) It's a dystopia, with all that implies; this is about Bad Things happening. I don't, you know, write this stuff unless I think the story requires it. Anyway: Irina tries to figure out whether it's winter, and Alison prepares her materials for an experiment. Here. … [Read more...]

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ART OBJECTS: So on Monday night I heard Terry Teachout talk on "The Problem of Political Art." I should have taken notes, but I didn't; I'm lame. Because of the lack of notes, I can't give you a reaction to the substance of his talk, just a series of scattered points. So here goes.1. I went away from the talk more convinced, not less, that political art is possible. I'm defining "political art" the way Teachout sometimes seemed to define it: Art that makes the audience leave the theater, or put … [Read more...]

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Boys may blog and boys may watchAnd that's all right you see;Experience has made me rich and now they're after me...The Agitator: Will Ohioans need an auctioneer's license to use eBay? (Via Dappled Things. And if you think this is a ridiculous idea, maybe you want to reconsider entry barriers for other economic activities, no? Related link.)Elayne Riggs: Um... I really appreciate the link, and all, but I'm not a progressive blogger. I think "progressivism" is incoherent as a philosophical … [Read more...]

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SHADOW DANCE: "Hot out of the box with a brand-new cinematic meme is Cinetrix, who asks:"What movie character do you identify with the most?"at worst: Scottie, in "Vertigo"--actually I think most writers would identify at least to some extent with Scottie.at mediocre: Martin Blank, in "Grosse Pointe Blank"at best?: Edward G. Robinson's character, in "Five-Star Final." My, that's a crappy "best"! … [Read more...]

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BEHIND THE CEDARS: NONVIOLENT PROTEST IN THE MIDDLE EAST. … [Read more...]

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Hey big spender,Watch a little blog with me...Dave Tepper: bankruptcy anecdotage.The Volokh Conspiracy: Pointed quotations about free-speech issues. Some fun stuff there.And: "Welcome to gallery of anti-alcohol posters from soviet propaganda era." Via Hit & Run. … [Read more...]

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