Another 'Girls' recap: Hannah on the rocks.

I don't have any areas of expertise (perhaps filtering results for internet pornography?), and certainly not in the canons of television construction, but after this past Sunday's episode of Girls, Lena Dunham's ongoing documentary series on the anthropology of the American female, even I was able to see the creators… » 2/11/15 2:44am 2/11/15 2:44am

'Girls' recap: on the couch with Hannah.

Once again Hannah finds herself communicating with her New York friends by Skype on a Macbook. Sometimes I find these little tidbits of modern culture in media honest but at the same time terrifying for removing the barriers to pervasive communication that used to drive a lot of conflict. Now we can be present and… » 1/26/15 10:15am 1/26/15 10:15am

„Why don't you just let the [            ] vote?“

One thing Selma handled masterfully is violence, the foreboding of violence, the insinuation of violence held back. In the aftermath of the first confrontation on Edmund Pettus Bridge, a young lady evades the blows of a state trooper's billy club (which, because he's a government employee, is not studded with… » 1/09/15 2:23am 1/09/15 2:23am

Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about Jesus Christ?

It has been a long time since I stepped inside of a church, and what worried me most today was that I would spontaneously combust upon entering the building, the rays of sunlight filtered through the image of Christ piercing me like arrows, old ladies scooping holy water on me only for it to incite the flames, my… » 11/17/14 7:04pm 11/17/14 7:04pm

A review of Broke With Expensive Taste by Azealia Banks.

Azealia Banks' new album, Broke With Expensive Taste, which I have not purchased, is not listed on her Billboard.com chart history (eta: is now at № 30) and currently stands № 39 on Amazon.com, ahead of 'Miranda Lambert' and behind 'Metallica'. It deserves to be higher on this list, although not at № 1, even thought… » 11/13/14 1:56am 11/13/14 1:56am

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

First things first, I'm not a writer so I don't quite understand why this short story collection features a majority of previously published work. That seems kind of like recyclage to me. But I'm the sort of anal-retentive person who sorts his pencils by length then uses the longest pencil to sweep the erasers even so… » 10/08/14 9:15pm 10/08/14 9:15pm