Dead Simple

Just finished watching The Devil's Backbone, a powerful film which may have left me unsatisfied because I was expecting it to be something it didn't want to be. The movie, by Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), is set during the Spanish Civil War at an orphanage run by Communists. A young boy, Carlos, is brought to the orphanage. He's beset by the local bully, and also begins to see a ghost, "the one who whispers," a young boy like himself. The rest of the film plays out the mystery of the … [Read more...]

Our Lady knits a baby sweater.

Build your own poem. … [Read more...]

“The Troubling Things I Learned When I Re-Reported Bob Woodward’s Book on John Belushi”: Tanner Colby

in Slate; via Jesse Walker; totally worth your time: ...Of course, John Belushi did do all of those drugs, and there’s little doubt that the drug stories Woodward uses actually happened. But he just goes around piling up these stories with no regard for what is actually relevant. Just to compare and contrast: At one point, Woodward stops the narrative cold to document a single 24-hour coke binge for the better part of eight pages. Nothing much happens in these eight pages except for Belushi g … [Read more...]

“The Advertising Comrade”: I review “No”

at AmCon. … [Read more...]

Happy birthday, Nina Simone!

Johnny Weir skates to "Feeling Good." … [Read more...]

“Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me”

Two versions: Bifrost Arts; and the Roberta Martin Singers. Ultimately via... With Rue My Heart Is Laden, maybe? … [Read more...]

Crazy, awesome figures from the 1600s

Via Walter Olson. … [Read more...]


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