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Philip Martin

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Audi passes a test

posted: 06/28/2016 2:47 a.m. Discuss

I can exhale. Audi made it.

Columnists: Today offers reasons to celebrate

posted: 06/26/2016 1:58 a.m. Comments 2

A year ago, the Supreme Court ruled gay Americans had the right to marry in every state in the country. On June 26, 2013, the same court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. On June 26, 2003, the court ruled that same-sex consensual activity between adults should be legal in every state.

CRITICAL MASS: Film, TV gun fantasies a big yawn

posted: 06/26/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

When I was a kid there were guns all around.

Columnists: Where are the good guys?

posted: 06/21/2016 2:53 a.m. Comments 25

I can tell you what the shafts in my golf clubs weigh. I can tell you their loft and lies, which aren't standard, and explain why my irons are a half-inch longer than what you'd buy off the shelf, and why my driver is a half-inch shorter. I could explain why, though my hands are small (not Donald Trump small but about the same size as Jack Nicklaus'), my irons have three wraps of tape under where my right hand sits. I could give you a little lecture on spin effect.

Critical Mass: As Highwaymen, four legends just couldn't match solo works

posted: 06/19/2016 2:02 a.m. Comment 1

I saw The Highwaymen -- the country supergroup made up of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson (and a crack band of session musicians) -- perform a couple of times in the late '80s and early '90s. And I don't want to sugarcoat it; those shows were pretty terrible.

The historical inevitability of Donald Trump

posted: 06/19/2016 1:52 a.m. Comments 8

I don't think Donald Trump will be elected president of the United States.

ON FILM: At midway point, highlights of 2016

posted: 06/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The calendar year is halfway over.

Sunday morning coming down

posted: 06/14/2016 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Summer lurks, but it's not quite here at 7:30 a.m. The warmth feels good in my knees and back, and the dogs don't seem to mind. Even when we break out of the shade of Knoop Park, their spirits sing. Yoda dances, puts his paws on Audi. She ducks her head, and I tug gently on the lead to straighten them out. Just a little further, we're almost home, then you can get after one another.

The worst thing he ever did

posted: 06/12/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

In the courtroom of honor, the judge pounded his gavel

On Books: Batter up: Baseball book takes a swing, scores

posted: 06/12/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

I don't know what kids do in the summer; probably they play Minecraft and start nonprofits to provide clean, safe drinking water to developing nations. When I was a kid, I was obsessed with baseball in a way that might have caused my parents some anxiety had they not been busy with their own lives.

On Film: Finished Diverge to make Little Rock debut

posted: 06/10/2016 5:30 a.m. Discuss

"I started filming stuff when I was 12 and have been obsessed with filmmaking since."

Review: REVIEW: Anti-rom-com, with teeth

posted: 06/10/2016 5:25 a.m. Discuss

I should have been a pair of ragged claws Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.

Columnists: The best we'll ever know

posted: 06/07/2016 2:43 a.m. Comment 1

Like Napoleon Bonaparte or Mahatma Gandhi or Leonardo da Vinci, Muhammad Ali belongs to history. He's most like Leonardo--an artist who transcended his art, one of those few men who can be said to have changed the world. Were it not for Ali, things would be very different.

Critical Mass: The Charming Guy on the stairs

posted: 06/05/2016 2:03 a.m. Comment 1

''The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious."

Columnists: Pushing the walls of our little boxes

posted: 06/05/2016 1:54 a.m. Comments 2

For the next however long it takes to read these words, I'm declaring this column a safe space. That means I'm giving myself permission to think out loud--in print--and that I'd appreciate it if you'd just suspend judgment and contempt until we get to the end. (Same goes for applause, if you feel so compelled.)

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