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Philip Martin

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OPINION : PHILIP MARTIN: We were all in Vietnam

posted: 09/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

I was too young to go to Vietnam.

OPINION: Where are all the Antifa?

posted: 09/17/2017 1:59 a.m. Comments 8

In this business, it's easy to get cynical when your in-box suddenly starts filling up with messages that are suspiciously similar. I imagine I'm not the only professional thoughts-giver who has been charged with hypocrisy lately because of perceived softness on the so-called "Antifa" movement.

Critical Mass: Sweet Hitchhiker: 41 years ago

posted: 09/17/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Any rock star who hangs around long enough becomes venerated. But that doesn't mean the whole enterprise isn't faintly ridiculous. I'm of the mind that Neil Young has the right to put out a record whenever he wants to; I just don't have to care much about any of them.

On Books: Ashbery: Wallace Stevens, with a razor in his sock

posted: 09/17/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

"There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army."

ON FILM: I'm there in spirit at Toronto festival

posted: 09/15/2017 1:47 a.m. Comment 1

I got a Facebook message from a friend who's at the Toronto International Film Festival saying he'd like to get together. The title of a Todd Haynes film springs to mind: I'm Not There. I haven't attended TIFF in a decade.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Before the deluge

posted: 09/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

When I called my mother Thursday afternoon, about an hour after the evacuation order came down, she was at her law office, helping to wrap plastic around the computers on the first floor. Downtown Savannah streets flooded in July and in May of 2016. If Hurricane Irma turns northward, as they--at this moment--believe it may, they'll probably get some water in the office.

Critical Mass: Colvin came home with a mission

posted: 09/10/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Tastefulness is a dubious virtue for pop musicians. Maybe we ought to treat it with suspicion. For after all, we came to dance, not to consider. A rock star is an idealized being, an angel or alien fallen to earth. What do they know of grown-up things? Of half measures and heartbreak?

OPINION: It's easy to tell the bad people

posted: 09/10/2017 1:52 a.m. Comments 2

Looking at photos from 60 years ago, it's so easy to tell the good people from the bad people.

Personal Space

posted: 09/09/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Jim Newberry

ON FILM: 2017 summer films put cracks in mold

posted: 09/08/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

The Toronto International Film Festival officially got underway Thursday, which means we're heading into the awards season. In some ways it's as problematic as the summer blockbuster season, but at least offers hope that there'll be something to see in theaters between now and Christmas.

OPINION: Reality check

posted: 09/05/2017 2:07 a.m. Comments 2

We will survive this, my friend tells me. We have survived worse.

On Books: Demirel aptly tells black athletes' tales

posted: 09/03/2017 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Evin Demirel is one of my favorite young sportswriters.

Spirits: Not all flavored vodkas are created equal

posted: 09/03/2017 2:09 a.m. Discuss

All the bartenders working the filmmaker lounge at the Tribeca Film Festival in April were actors. Or models who wanted to be actors. Anyway, they were more than members of a catering crew, just as all of us are more than our job descriptions. They had stories and they were eager to tell them if they sensed the client was receptive.

OPINION: The Yankee ancestor in the woodpile

posted: 09/03/2017 1:56 a.m. Comment 1

I don't think any of my people owned slaves. But they might have.

Review: 40 years after first release, Steven Spielberg’s favored cut of 'Close Encounters' returns to theaters

posted: 09/01/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a movie about running away. It's about escape, about lighting out for the territory.

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