posted: 03/09/2014 3:29 a.m.
Maybe you’ve already heard Beck’s downtempo Morning Phase (Capitol) is a great album, maybe one of the decade’s best, and probably the best thing he has done to date.
posted: 03/09/2014 3 a.m.
I often write about movies, so I’m obligated to pay attention to Hollywood’s annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. People expect me to have opinions about the Oscars.
posted: 03/07/2014 2:15 a.m.
We went to the opening reception for the Old State House’s current exhibit, “Lights, Camera, Arkansas,” when it opened in June and — as is usually the case at openings — I didn’t really see much of the exhibit.
posted: 03/02/2014 2:55 a.m.
“It’s a natural. Black people suffer externally in this country. Jewish people suffer internally. The suffering is the fulcrum for the blues.” — Mike Bloomfield, as quoted by Al Kooper “The white commercial songwriters were quicker to notice and imitate the spirit of the blues than their musical form … but in the Negro blues it is the gaiety that is feigned, while in the white it is the grief.” — Abbe Niles, in the introduction to the 1949 revision of Handy’s Blues: An Anthology
posted: 03/02/2014 2:28 a.m.
Chuck from Florida was one of the first friends I made when I went away to law school. He was in my “section,” which meant we were in nearly every class together.
posted: 02/28/2014 2:19 a.m.
A few weeks ago a friend, commenting on something I’d written, directed me to “The Stolen Child,” a poem by W.B. Yeats based on an Irish legend about faeries beguiling human children and luring them away from their parents. The first three stanzas end with the lines: Come away, O human child!
posted: 02/28/2014 2:13 a.m.
The 86th annual Academy Awards will be broadcast Sunday night. As is our custom, we’ve assembled some highly invested industry observers and award mavens to help you — yes, you, dear reader — win your Oscar night party pool.
posted: 02/23/2014 3:38 a.m.
Before digitization, we sometimes used to wear out our records.
posted: 02/23/2014 3:14 a.m.
My first murder was in a little shotgun house in Jennings, a town in Southwest Louisiana that sits about halfway between Lake Charles and Lafayette (between New Orleans and Houston ) on Interstate 10.
posted: 02/21/2014 6 a.m.
I’m aware there are people who want me to talk and write more about the Academy Awards. The annual ceremony is the kind of cultural moment one disregards at one’s own peril.
posted: 02/16/2014 3:37 a.m.
I have wanted to write about Bernard Malamud for at least 25 years. But until now, I never have. The occasion simply never arose.
posted: 02/16/2014 3:13 a.m.
“It was the Beatles, it was the year of the Stones, the year after J.F.K. …” —Paul Simon, “The Late Great Johnny Ace” I can remember the Kennedy assassination, but not much before.
posted: 02/14/2014 2:10 a.m.
The Oscar Animated Short Films2014: Animation The Oscar Animated Short Films 2014: Live Action In our part of flyover country, the dead of winter is a particularly sad time for moviegoers — most of us have used up the worthy awards contenders that opened at the tag end of 2013.
posted: 02/14/2014 2:05 a.m.
Management wants you to know your opinions are important to us. So in light of your comments after our recent The Wolf of Wall Street review, we now understand that it is important to say this right up front: Steve Pink’s R-rated uptooling (or whatever) of About Last Night is dirty. Smutty.
posted: 02/09/2014 2:20 a.m.
I don’t remember anyone teaching me how to drink.