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Monday, September 16 2013

Kiss Kiss Bangs Bangs: Pauline Kael, Lester Bangs and the Twitter Age

Maybe if one writes reviews like they're the only things that matter, the way Pauline Kael and Lester Bangs did, then writing reviews is enough.


Thursday, August 15 2013

Eat, Drink, Draw: Lucy Knisley’s Comic Book ‘Relish’ as a Cookbook

Drawing her recipes for Relish, Lucy Knisley almost literally shows cooking to be more art than science.


Sunday, July 21 2013

Between the Omnivore and the Hermit: Reducing Religion to a Cult of One

The bad film cultist sacrifices his selfhood to the group; the sophisticated film cultist, wary of any residue of fascism, desires alternative groups but keeps them at arm’s length to preserve the integrity of his ego and the pristine beauty of his narcissism.


Tuesday, August 21 2012

The Love of Light: Gore Vidal, 1925 - 2012

We must approach any consideration of Gore Vidal's vast body of work with fear and trembling, because if we do not properly understand and absorb his wisdom, we will have missed yet another opportunity to truly grasp American history and identity.


Monday, July 23 2012

In Defense Of… Film Critics Who Didn’t Like ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Love it or hate it, The Dark Knight Rises isn't worth the type of outlandish responses received in light of the movie's initial reviews.


Wednesday, September 28 2011

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: 10 September 2011 - Columbia, MD

Vibrant colors and the love of free music on display at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest.


Thursday, August 25 2011

Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future

A up-close account of a city—and a world—at a thrilling and confounding moment in history, in which nothing can be counted as stable, from the sidewalk underfoot to Western assumptions about democracy and progress.


Monday, March 21 2011

Botticelli, Sandwiches Outside and Dreams of Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’

Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.


Thursday, March 10 2011

Michael Palin: Nice Guy Finishes in Hollywood

The Nice One from Monty Python sketches a consistent portrait of himself as a decent, ordinary bloke who just happens to be trapped in the role of light-comedy hero -- Hugh Grant comes inevitably to mind -- playing exasperated straight man to his whacky buddies, who in turn are forever dragging him into Situations.


Thursday, September 30 2010

Photo Opportunities in Video Games

Paradoxically, the same dissociating effect of observing the real world through a camera's lens tends to envelop and immerse players in a game world.


Josh Rouse: El Turista (Reviews) [10.Mar.10]
Crime, Delirium, and Paris (Columns) [29.Oct.09]
Hella Nation by Evan Wright (Reviews) [25.May.09]
Travelling in Video Games (Moving Pixels) [5.May.09]
In Cod We Trust & Magic Bus (Reviews) [2.Apr.09]
Skins & Punks by Gavin Watson (Reviews) [18.Jan.09]
Eat, Memory by Amanda Hesser (Reviews) [25.Nov.08]
The Power of the Meta (Moving Pixels) [22.May.08]
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