posted: 08/31/2014 3:09 a.m.
"Cash, in narrative and song, documents the tragic history of the American Indian."
posted: 08/31/2014 3:08 a.m.
There are any number of reasons a writer might decide to write under a pseudonym, and some of them are innocent. Just over a year ago I wrote about Holy Orders, a faux genre mystery written by distinguished English author John Banville under the pen name Benjamin Black.
posted: 08/31/2014 2:04 a.m.
I've always presumed that if you're reading this column, things aren't so bad for you.
posted: 08/29/2014 2:09 a.m.
Watching Jeff Baena's Life After Beth, my mind kept turning to the HBO series The Leftovers.
posted: 08/29/2014 2:07 a.m.
The One I Love is a tricky movie to review because there's a major plot twist that comes barely 15 minutes into the movie that we cannot talk about. So about the only thing we can say about the plot is that it involves a married couple, Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), who are going through a rough patch in their relationship. (Adultery is apparently involved, but the specifics of the wound are never discussed.)
updated: 08/29/2014 2 a.m.
An old-fashioned movie musical disguised as a featherweight urban rom-com, John Carney's Begin Again is a movie you'll have to meet at least halfway. No, characters don't break into song on the streets of New York or tap-dance through the rain, but it's a movie that very much relies on its musical component to engage its audience.
posted: 08/24/2014 2:25 a.m.
I got into a conversation the other day with one of those guys who just doesn't get it. He insisted that pop music was all well and good -- he even liked the Beatles and the Stones a bit -- but it wasn't "real music." Those voices weren't bel canto; they couldn't sing to the back wall of an auditorium; most of those guys were microphone eaters who couldn't even read music. It was just simple stuff: As the rockabilly artist Unknown Hinson says, "A damn 15-year-old punk could do it."
posted: 08/24/2014 2:04 a.m.
It's been a long time since I thought about Mr. Bannister.
posted: 08/22/2014 2:41 a.m.
Liam Neeson's Michael has a particular set of skills in Paul Haggis' Third Person; he's a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist with the power to fly his neurotic mistress, Anna (Olivia Wilde), to Paris from New York using only his frequent-flier miles. (Anyone who has ever tried to navigate an airline's gnostic rewards redemption system ought to appreciate how special this makes him.)
posted: 08/22/2014 2:38 a.m.
There was a very nice moment Monday night when the team that represented Rhode Island -- and all of the Northeast -- lost in the Little League World Series to a team from Chicago. It was an elimination game, so understandably some of the young players on the losing side were dejected and in tears.
posted: 08/17/2014 2:26 a.m.
I am not a beer drinker; my father was.
posted: 08/17/2014 2:20 a.m.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage By Haruki Murakami (Knopf), $25.95 In this post-literate age, it is hard to imagine a writer of literary fiction mattering so much as Japanese author Haruki Murakami seems to.
posted: 08/17/2014 2:06 a.m.
In January, Bud Selig will step down from his position as commissioner of Major League Baseball, a post he's held for the past 22 years. On Thursday, team owners voted--after much intrigue--to hire his hand-picked successor, baseball's chief operating officer Rob Manfred, for the job.
updated: 08/15/2014 2:04 a.m.
Richard Linklater's Boyhood is probably the year's best-reviewed film, and it will very likely make it onto many critics' end-of-the-year Top 10 lists. It might even make it onto mine.
posted: 08/15/2014 2:02 a.m.
Not long ago someone told me that if I ever wanted to ruin a person's day all I had to do was remind them that sometime, in the not very distant future, the world will be without Bill Murray. It worked on me. Not a day goes by that I don't contemplate the inevitable subtraction of joy from the planet that Murray's passing will bring.