Identity Is a Provocative Spectre Throughout Noel Malcolm's 'Agents of Empire'

Identity Is a Provocative Spectre Throughout Noel Malcolm's 'Agents of Empire'

By Jordan Penney

In Noel Malcolm's important microhistory, we encounter complex individuals who appear resistant to simple categories, generalizations, or identifications. 24 Mar 2017 // 2:14 AM

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//Recent Reviews

14 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Omen (1976)

For many, The Omen represents the final film in Hollywood's unofficial 'Devil Trilogy', a look at the rising cultural interest in Satanism that began with Rosemary's Baby (1968), and blossomed with the genre classic The Exorcist (1973).

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Adored: A New Language

The Adored's eagerly anticipated debut album is a vibrant mixture of wry social observation and catchy hooks that packs a hugely entertaining punch.

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The Hidden Blade (Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume) (2004)

Katagiri's masculine code is being replaced by an economy premised on gunpowder and shot.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Little Man (2006)

None of these gender clichés is especially funny, and it doesn't help that Marlon Wayans' face often looks sloppily pasted onto the stunt bodies who do all the running around, falling, and crashing.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

You, Me and Dupree (2006)

This impossible place -- most desired object and least elucidated subject -- makes Molly typical of the women in white guy romcoms.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The OH in Ohio (2006)

The main problem with The OH in Ohio is that most of its hijinks seem cribbed from episodes of Sex and the City -- and we're talking Season Two.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Some Girls: Crushing Love

The sophomore release from Juliana Hatfield's all-female side project, a winner combining edge with sweetness.

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Chavela Vargas: At Carnegie Hall

You might think that the people in this audience are idiots for cheering at a raspy voice. You might prefer raw, bitey, old Vargas to young Vargas. You might not know what to think.

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An Albatross: Blessphemy (of the Peace-Beast Feastgiver and the Bear Warp Kumite)

Oddly enough, this spastic, drug-driven hardcore record is incredibly soulful.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lithops: Queries

Electronic music dates quickly, and IDM -- even precise, focused IDM -- dates even quicker.

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'Steep' Loves Its Mountains

// Moving Pixels

"SSX wanted you to fight its mountains, Steep wants you to love its mountains.

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