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OPINION: The uniform never made the man

posted: 06/19/2018 3:08 a.m. Discuss

I was once in an elevator with LeBron James.

On Books: Writing about reading is not reading to write

posted: 06/17/2018 2:31 a.m. Discuss

We never meant this column to be inclusive.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Keeping hope (and friends) alive

posted: 06/17/2018 1:50 a.m. Discuss

So on we worked,

On Film: So far, so good: The best movies I've seen of 2018

posted: 06/15/2018 1:47 a.m. Discuss

As usual, midyear finds me behind in my movie watching.

Music review: Douglas takes Dobro past bluegrass

posted: 06/14/2018 3:01 a.m. Comment 1

You might think the Dobro is a fairly circumscribed instrument, useful mainly in bluegrass and Americana circles, or maybe as colorful punctuation in a modern country song that means to nod toward tradition. But in the hands of its foremost practitioner, Jerry Douglas, it can squeal like a theremin, peal like a bell, or honk, moan and wail like Jimmy Smith's Hammond B3.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Very young and early work

posted: 06/12/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Every year we take in the Arkansas Arts Center's annual Delta Exhibition. Every year, I'm impressed.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Bill Clinton would like your attention

posted: 06/10/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A lot of people get into politics for the same reason others join rock 'n' roll bands.

Critical Mass: Only words: Who's your choice for best song lyricist?

posted: 06/10/2018 2:15 a.m. Comment 1

It's only words, and words are all

MOVIE REVIEW: Documentary reveals that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is righteous, reasonable and resolved

posted: 06/08/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

It's not often that we as a culture make a lot of fuss about a documentary.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: All the sad young men

posted: 06/05/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

As a young man, I studied violence.

Critical Mass: Epperson novel has allusions

posted: 06/03/2018 2:30 a.m. Discuss

"Childe Rowland" is an Anglo-Saxon fairy tale about a boy -- possibly the son of Guinevere -- who enlists the help of the wizard Merlin after his sister is abducted, apparently by fairies while playing games near a church. ("Childe" was a medieval term for an untested knight, not necessarily a child.) When Burd Ellen went to retrieve a ball Rowland had kicked over the church she took a counter-clockwise course, going "widdershins" (or "withershins"), a dangerous breach of protocol that landed her in Elfland, locked high in a "Dark Tower."

OPINION: Comprehending those who are broken

posted: 06/03/2018 1:58 a.m. Comment 1

Human nature doesn't change. As a species, we haven't gotten better over time.

On Film: Movies becoming long commercials

posted: 06/01/2018 1:50 a.m. Discuss

We are not innocent. Our attention is worth something. Corporations want to capture it and will pay for the opportunity to flash their logos and make their impressions. Most of us can't remember a time when it wasn't that way, if it ever wasn't that way, and some of us won't have any problem paying to see a feature-length Pepsi commercial/basketball comedy when Lionsgate's Uncle Drew hits theaters at the end of the month.

Review: Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

posted: 06/01/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

A lot of people have asked when and if Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG is coming to Arkansas. “I don’t know” is always a good answer when it’s the truth, but I suspect RBG will be here within a few weeks. It might not be here long, but it will be here.

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