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Philip Martin

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Josh Duggar and the sphere of privacy

posted: 08/23/2015 9:27 a.m. Comments 6

“Speak up for decency.”

Spirits: Jack London, John Barleycorn toasted long friendship

posted: 08/23/2015 4 a.m. Discuss

On the first page of his autobiographical novel John Barleycorn, published in 1913, Jack London confesses to his second wife, Charmian, that despite his misgivings, he voted for women's suffrage because he recognized it as "an inevitable social phenomenon," but mostly because "when the women get the ballot, they will vote for Prohibition. It is the wives, and sisters, and mothers, and they only, who will drive the nails into the coffin of John Barleycorn."

On film: When interviewer becomes the story

posted: 08/21/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

The End of the Tour, James Ponsoldt's film about an interview conducted with novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky over five days in 1996, has just hit the theaters. A talky, largely two-man show that makes for curious counter-programming to the exploding inevitable seasonal blockbusters, The End of the Tour is being hailed by critics, with Jason Segel earning near unanimous praise for his portrayal of Wallace, who hanged himself in 2008.

Review: The Standford Prison Experiment

posted: 08/21/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Philip Zimbardo's infamous 1971 experiment on prison life and power dynamics is dramatized straightforwardly, and surprisingly effectively, in Kyle Patrick Alvarez's crisply directed and at times difficult-to-watch The Stanford Prison Experience.

Listen Up: Four discs make honor roll; Dr. Dre's leads class

posted: 08/18/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

On the songs "Fast" and "Way Way Back," from Luke Bryan's new album, the perpetually upbeat star takes his first steps toward acknowledging the complexities that come with maturity.

Critical Mass: Newport boxed set begins with Davis rising from the ashes

posted: 08/16/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Newport, R.I., might have saved Miles Davis. Or given him a opportunity to save himself.

An endorsement with fear and loathing

posted: 08/16/2015 1:30 a.m. Discuss

I couldn’t vote for Jimmy Carter in 1976. My November birthday fell a couple of weeks too late for me to do that. But I volunteered for him; it was the first and last political campaign for which I ever worked.

Review: Man From U.N.C.L.E. not from same family as TV show

posted: 08/14/2015 1:51 a.m. Comment 1

For a mid-August movie, Guy Ritchie's retooling of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. isn't that bad, if you go in with minimal expectations and only a fleeting awareness of the mid-1960s NBC television series from which it borrows its title, lead character names and early '60s setting.

On Film: Woody's best idea was hiring Phoenix

posted: 08/14/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

I don't enjoy Woody Allen as much as I used to.

On Books: 2 Murakami novellas evidence something gained in translation

posted: 08/09/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

There are all kinds of ways that people come to have a writing life.

Columnists: Why we can't have anything nice

posted: 08/09/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Sometimes I kill the ants.

Critical Mass: Isbell’s candid, literate voice lifts Free’s ‘everydayness’

posted: 08/02/2015 3:38 a.m. Discuss

A picture appeared in my Twitter feed of Jason Isbell holding an old Stratocaster, the one Bob Dylan used to go electric at the Newport Folk Festival 50 years ago.

TV’s stepchildren won’t become presidents

posted: 08/02/2015 2 a.m. Comment 1

Shortly before I stopped appearing on television on a sort-of-regular basis, I was given some advice by an old pro.

Review: Infinitely Polar Bear

posted: 07/31/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

I find movies like "Infinitely Polar Bear" to be highly problematic to review. This is a movie that feels very specific, the product of processed pain.

Review: Aloft

posted: 07/31/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Before I saw Peruvian director Claudia Llosa's film "Aloft" at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, I'd heard that the film was "impenetrable."

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