Michael Patrick Brady

Notations

03.11.17

“A shocking first-person account of why the Affordable Care Act is in so much political trouble: It’s because many Americans are too stupid and too selfish to understand how health insurance works, on the most fundamental level.”


11.15.16

“How can a great and wise civilization have destroyed itself so completely?”

“Perhaps,” said Apollo, “by being materially great and materially wise, and nothing else.”


02.03.16

“To assume the Hillary Clinton of 1994 would be an accurate reflection of the Hillary Clinton of 2017 is to fundamentally misunderstand how politics works.”


12.31.15

Movie Review
Spotlight


12.27.15

“Crime in the U.S. is at an all-time low across the country, and we expect it to stay that way.”


12.18.15

Movie Review
Star Wars: The Force Awakens


12.17.15

“Clinton, like Obama before her, isn’t carrying just her own baggage, but will stand in as the symbolic target for those whose fury at increased female autonomy has been building.”


12.11.15

“In other words, lack of money is even more a ‘clock problem’ than lack of sufficient jobs. You literally just give people money!”


12.05.15

“The number of people shot to death last year in arguments not during the commission of a felony (1,759) dwarfs the number shot to death in gang violence (667) and the number shot to death in drug trafficking (298)—combined.”


08.23.15

Recommended: “Murmurings,” a short story by Jane Buchbinder in Post Road.


08.14.15

“He promised a steady and quiet life, undisturbed by painful facts.” As good a definition of conservatism as I’ve seen. Apart from this one. And this one!


07.08.15


07.08.15

“All this is but a recent chapter in the long tradition of subordinating human welfare to financial power.”


07.05.15

“The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.”


05.25.15

Movie Review:
Mad Max: Fury Road


05.04.15

“A critical implication of this research is that working long hours is not necessary for high quality work… Leaders of organizations, however… may have trouble accepting the possibility that there might be another way to work.”


04.20.15

Caught Kirsten Vangsness reading Joe Meno’s short story, “People are Becoming Clouds” on Selected Shorts and was floored. Really amazing.


03.02.15

“Jackson’s presidency is the origin story of the President as Action Hero, to be judged by history as a Great Man based on the macho decisiveness of his acts and not their moral or practical soundness.”


01.29.15

“It is a luxury—a privilege—to utilize the language of social justice without particularly caring if your speech contributes to the cause”


01.22.15

“However much Americans ‘support’ and ‘respect’ their troops, they are not involved with them, and that disengagement inevitably leads to dangerous decisions the public barely notices.”


01.04.15

“The supervisor handbook for American Airlines stated, ‘A stewardess must be attractive. We can sometimes pretend a person is attractive, if we admire them for some other reason. This should be avoided.'”


11.23.14

“The same people who had tried to disenfranchise the city’s black population… were suddenly behaving as if Barry had invented ethnic patronage, as if it hadn’t been a way of life for whites in ethnic enclaves in big cities…”


11.17.14

“My liberty, my interests and consequently my civil rights were ignored because some ambitious governors saw an opportunity to use an age-old political tactic: fear.”


10.17.14

“Once again we are testing the question: Can tax cuts pay for themselves? The answer—yet again—is a resounding no.”


10.14.14

“What we’re seeing now is a rehearsal, where the mechanisms of a toxic and inhumane politics are being tested and improved.”


10.12.14

Movie Review:
Gone Girl


09.18.14

Clair Huxtable, feminist.


08.12.14

“I don’t know why they hate us so much,” he said. “It seems like police are about to go to war with the people.”


07.21.14

“I mostly write out of disgust and dissatisfaction. I want a beautiful life but I’m stuck in this Garbage World with you people.”


06.18.14

“You remember Delroy the Jamaican? Yeah, well now he’s a goddamned sex swami in California!” The story of a cult deprogrammer.


06.17.14

“These top-down assaults serve a political purpose. If poor people have made themselves poor, then economic inequality and the dismantling of the welfare state are justified.”


06.12.14

“Writing laws is for compromisers and turncoats; what matters [to the conservative base] is that the revolution continue forever.”


05.20.14

“According to one multicity study, in a single week, nearly two-thirds of low-wage workers had, on average, 15 percent of their pay stolen by their employers.”


04.28.14

White Collar forcefully reorients our entire picture of how people’s occupations affect their class, and how class, in turn, determines politics.”


04.15.14

Who Tweets? “Brands, and people who believe themselves to be brands.”


04.09.14

“The provocative argument of Capital in the 21st Century is that market capitalism… will eventually lead to an economy dominated by those lucky enough to be born into a position of inherited wealth.”


03.24.14

Hey, so Liars released a new album today, and it’s made all other music, past, present, and future, irrelevant. Listen!


03.19.14

“Nearly 70 percent of American working-age adults do not have jobs that pay at least $30,000 per year, because there are only three such jobs for every 10 American adults between the ages of 18 and 69.”


03.12.14

“States taken over by conservatives have waged an all-out war on workers, reproductive health, and public goods. Meanwhile liberal states and cities have moved to expand paid sick-leave, minimum wages, and reproductive health.”


03.10.14

Joan Silber’s Fools was named as a finalist for this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. And they were nice enough to blurb my review in the announcement.


02.26.14

“To understand why the United States is on the path to social democracy, one must recognize that although it is a rich country, it nevertheless suffers from serious economic failings”


02.17.14

46 Tweets about 44 Presidents by Eric Loomis.


02.13.14

“The problem with Christie isn’t merely that he is a bully. It’s that his political career is built on a rotten foundation.”


01.26.14

Movie Review:
American Hustle


01.22.14

“You fight it for so long, and to have it come back up and people start to use it again, it’s frustrating.”


01.06.14

The New York Times takes a closer look at anti-GMO hysteria.


12.30.13

Movie Review:
The Wolf of Wall Street


12.05.13

It’s long and unwieldy, but Tom Scocca’s “On Smarm” does a fairly good job of dissecting the insidious way substantive criticism is dismissed in the name of “civility.”


11.28.13

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that … a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world… This opinion expresses a crude and naïve trust in … the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.” Pope Francis puts capitalism on blast.


10.18.13

It’s both hilarious and strangely appropriate that Morrissey got Penguin to give his autobigraphy the Penguin Classics cover treatment.


10.17.13

“A study published in the journal PLOS Medicine estimated that 461,000 Iraqis died directly and indirectly from the war during 2003-2011.”


09.28.13

Spotted on the train: a woman using a paper Wall Street Journal to prop up her iPad, on which she is reading the Wall Street Journal #printisdead


09.20.13

“What possible basis can be found to justify preserving subsidies for affluent farmers while cutting them for the poor? What explanation offers itself other than the party’s commitment to waging class war?


09.10.13

“In the recent history of management ideas, few have had a more profound — or pernicious — effect than the one that says corporations should be run in a manner that ‘maximizes shareholder value.'”


08.26.13

“Yes, Cory Booker is a young man in a hurry. But is he any more ambitious… than any other politician?” Dissecting the Cory Booker backlash.


08.21.13

HuffPo is ending anonymous comments. Good move. I hope that more traditional newspaper websites end commenting altogether.


08.17.13

“The family raised Willis, and he learned to speak Cantonese, gradually becoming caught up in the underworld.”


08.10.13

“Listening to the Republicans, you’d think waves of people are crossing the border,” Massey said. “But illegal migration stopped four years ago and has been zero since.”


08.05.13

“Somewhere in your home there is button which could erase civilization. And then you come to this place and find yourself disarmed.”


06.10.13

“If you treat consumers with respect and treat employees with respect, good things are going to happen to you.” The CostCo model.


05.15.13

Matthew Yglesias summarizes the entire Star Trek franchise and argues that it needs to get back on the small screen, immediately.


05.01.13

It’s a 401(k) world, and it sucks.


04.16.13

Et in Arcadia Ego


04.03.13

Philip Roth: Unmasked

My job is what Chekov said that the job of an artist was, which is ‘the proper presentation of the problem.’

The obligation of the writer is not to provide the solution to a problem. That’s the job of a legislator, a leader, a crusader, a revloutionary, a warrior, and so on.


03.26.13

A group of Russians illegally climbed the Great Pyramid and captured some amazing photos.


03.23.13

The animated headline infographic HuffPo ran yesterday to depict the gun deaths since Newtown is stunning, and an example of how print media doesn’t stand a chance.


03.19.13

“The world is changing in ways that make Republicans’ platform of smaller government and lower taxes less desirable and therefore less saleable.”


02.22.13

“Everyone’s zeroing in on Boston to exploit what they think Boston is about from the outside. But from the inside we know that’s not what Boston is.”


02.19.13

“Democrats look like they’re moving left, and it’s for one reason: because it’s good politics.”


02.18.13

A fun look at the place names, past and present, that mark the land south of Boston.


01.25.13

The Way We Live. Striking aerial photos of neighborhood development patterns.


01.21.13

Pretty striking to hear references to Seneca Falls and Stonewall in an inaugural address.


01.14.13

“We idealize the myth of Horatio Alger in this country. Anyone can make it. Anyone. But we forget that Horatio Alger was a writer of fiction.” Is the self-help approach to financial advice a problem?


01.12.13

Movie Review:
Zero Dark Thirty


01.04.13

Did gasoline lead cause an epidemic of violent crime? It seems possible.


01.03.13

In 1996, a family of German tourists disappeared in Death Valley. Over a decade later, one man solved the mystery.


12.30.12

Movie Review:
Django Unchained


12.23.12

“It’s becoming increasingly unlikely that a low-income student, no matter how intrinsically bright, moves up the socioeconomic ladder.” The growing role that education plays in preserving class divisions.


12.18.12

68 Blocks. The Globe chronicles a year in Dorchester’s Geneva-Bowdoin neighborhood.


12.03.12

Chris Hughes, the new New Republic, and “asceticism for progress.”


11.29.12

The New World’s tone cannot be described as mournful, because beauty, love, and the miracles of life persist even amid death and destruction”


11.28.12

“It was a lot of the same people on the wrong side of both bets.” Mitt Romney, Wall Street’s worst bet since subprime.


11.22.12

“That’s how things often work in America. Half-a-century of tax cuts focused on the wealthiest Americans leave us with third-rate public services, leading the wealthy to develop inefficient private workarounds.”


11.11.12

Good riddance. (Previously) [NYDN removed the article; re-linked at another site]


11.08.12

Conor Friedersdorf explores how the epistemic closure (previously) of conservative media led to a big shock on Tuesday.


11.07.12

If you couldn’t stay up to 2 a.m. for the President’s acceptance speech, I encourage you to watch it now. Possibly one of the greatest political speeches ever given.


11.06.12

It’s election day! #swag


11.03.12

Movie Review:
Argo


11.02.12

“White people don’t like to believe that they practice identity politics. The defining part of being white in America is the assumption that, as a white person, you are a regular, individual human being.”


11.02.12

Rick Perlstein reveals the history of the marketing con game embedded in modern conservatism’s DNA.


11.01.12

“The perceptions of separate reality have reached a new level.”


10.30.12

Freeman Dyson examines how the divorce of philosophy and science greatly diminished the former.


10.20.12

Movie Review:
The Master


10.12.12

Before you act, ask yourself: “Am I on the Internet right now?


09.30.12

Steven Pearlstein offers a wicked skewering of “job creator” entitlement.


09.26.12

New DNC ad brings the heat


09.24.12

How to spot an amateur


09.19.12

A unique take on U.S. History, as told by conservatives in their own words.


09.17.12

What’s the truth behind Mitt Romney’s 47% figure?

(NYT) Mr. Romney’s figure of 47 percent may come from the Tax Policy Center, which found that 46.4 percent of households paid no federal income tax in 2011. But most households did pay payroll taxes. Of the 18.1 percent of households that paid neither income taxes nor payroll taxes, the center found that more than half were elderly and more than a third were not elderly but had incomes under $20,000.

(Ezra Klein) Here’s the policy two-step behind Romney’s remarks: Republicans have spent years cutting income taxes and increasing things like the Child tax Credit. This means fewer people pay income taxes. So whenever you hear a stat like “47% don’t pay income taxes,” remember: Reagan and Bush helped build that. These tax cuts for the poor were partly in order to make further tax cuts for the rich political palatable. But now that fewer people pay income taxes as a result of GOP policies, they’re being called lazy and dependent. And thus the GOP’s tax cuts are being used to make a case that the rich are overtaxed and that the less-rich are becoming dependent. Which thus leads to a policy agenda of tax cuts for the rich and cuts to social services for the non-rich.


09.15.12

“This war on the liberal arts is born from the same desire that produces voter ID laws: a desire to limit democratic participation.”


09.11.12

Pretty much sums it up.

(Atrios): Post-9/11 the worst people in the world, the worst most incompetent people in the world, were hailed as the strong daddies who kept us safe. After they let 9/11 happen due to gross incompetence and stupidity, and after they set in motion a chain of events which killed hundreds of thousands of people.

More: The Deafness Before the Storm (NYT)


09.01.12

The church is tired.” Jesuit cardinal calls for radical change in posthumous interview.


07.24.12

“We turn to magic because sometimes it’s all we have…” A history of superstition.


07.23.12

“‘What is it?’ he asks Quentin about the South, ‘something you live and breathe in like air?'” How Faulkner tackled race with Absalom, Absalom!


07.16.12

“Firms”


07.09.12

Michael Chabon follows James Joyce to “the end of English” through Finnegans Wake.


06.13.12

“Those who are able to climb up the ladder will find ways to pull it up after them, or to selectively lower it down to allow their friends, allies and kin to scramble up.”


06.04.12

“The Irish were put on this earth for other people to feel romantic about.” Terry Eagleton on Marx, Catholicism, and lit crit.


05.28.12

The new Liars album, WIXIW, is now streaming in full!


05.06.12

Cocteau Twins vocals + Duty-Now era Devo beats = Grimes. Check out the video for “Oblivion.”


05.05.12

Two Hundred Years of Surgery by Atul Gawande.


04.25.12

“He believes that fairness is defined by market outcomes. To the extent that unfairness exists, it is solely the doing of government: clean energy, laws permitting union dues, overpaid government employees, and so on.” Romney’s perverse ‘fairness.’


04.11.12

New William Langewiesche piece on the Neopolitan Cammorra, a mafioso “anti-state” alternative to the Italian government.


04.04.12

The first single from Liars’ upcoming June 2012 album WIXIW is out, and it’s great, of course.


03.28.12

“‘Socialism for the rich’ was supposed to be a joke. The truth is that it is now genuinely the way the global economy is working.” Marx at 193.


03.21.12

The new Old Colony housing project was completed Monday, and it’s beautiful. A wonderful upgrade for the residents and the neighborhood.


03.13.12

The White House released a huge infographic detailing how gas prices work and what the administration’s energy policy is. Great stuff.


12.16.11

I love this style: Carlton Banks, Kanye West, and the rise of the NBA nerd.


12.14.11

Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful response to that grotesque Forbes column that’s making the rounds.


11.27.11

Movie Review:
The Muppets


11.18.11

I agree with this Globe editorial: veto casino gambling in Massachusetts.


11.10.11

Pretty obsessed with the Beach Boys’ “Surf’s Up” these days.


11.07.11

“A strategic document from [his] 2007 campaign lists “perfect hair” among [his] flaws.” And 98 other fun Romney facts from ThinkProgress.


10.15.11

“Wages as a percent of the economy… it’s basically the lowest it has ever been.” What the Wall Street protests are all about, in charts.


10.14.11

I’ve been blurbed on the back of the paperback edition of Amir Alexander’s Duel at Dawn


10.01.11

Movie Review:
Drive


09.05.11

“We may still celebrate Labor Day, but our culture has given up on honoring workers as the real creators of wealth and their honest toil as worthy of genuine respect”


09.04.11

“Liberal critics of Obama generally want both maximal partisan conflict and maximal legislative achievement. In the real world, those two things are often at odds. “


07.12.11

“The vast majority of Republicans… are clinging to the position that not a single cent of deficit reduction must come from a higher tax take. This is economically illiterate and disgracefully cynical.”


05.27.11

Movie Review:
Midnight in Paris
3.5 Stars


05.22.11

Remember Charles Sumner


05.22.11

“Republicans [have] moved to a mental Shangri-La, where unwanted problems can be wished away, prejudice trumps fact, expertise is evidence of error, and reality itself comes to be regarded as some kind of elitist plot.”


05.16.11

Apparently nobody uses AIM anymore. This article actually made me sad. I still remember the panic and anxiety that gripped BC during the Great Three-Day AIM Blackout of 2002.


05.14.11

Movie Review:
Bridesmaids
3.5 Stars


05.03.11

Quotes falsely attributed to MLK and Mark Twain are making the rounds. How did they get started?


04.16.11

“[W]e pretend to need them. We pretend to educate the kids. We pretend that we’re actually including them in the American ideal, but we’re not.” David Simon (The Wire) talks to Bill Moyers


04.14.11

The undergrad business major is a waste of time.


04.07.11

Paul Krugman on the Ryan budget: “Ludicrous and Cruel.”


04.04.11

New England Uber Alles. A chart ranking quality of life in the U.S. states.


01.16.11

Movie Review:
The Fighter
4.0 Stars


01.15.11

Movie Review:
True Grit
4.0 Stars


12.28.10

Denis Dutton, founder of the incredible Arts & Letters Daily, has died.


12.07.10

Obama is a pragmatist.


12.04.10

Movie Review:
Black Swan
4.5 Stars


11.19.10

Whit Stillman has finished his fourth movie.


10.31.10

Jimmy Carter interview on Real Time. Great president? Or greatest president?


09.20.10

Great map: the racial makeup of Boston.


09.19.10

Movie Review:
The Town
4 Stars


09.12.10

Movie Review:
I’m Still Here
4 Stars


09.09.10

Pretty fascinating interview with Fidel Castro over at the Atlantic.


07.18.10

Movie Review:
Inception


07.17.10

The new ALARM Magazine website is live, and it looks awesome. Stay tuned for my features on Matmos and Liars.


06.22.10

FEED Magazine, which I credit as an inspiration, closed in 2001. They just put their archives back online.


06.20.10

Manute Bol invented the phrase “My Bad.” Or not?


05.25.10

Just received my copy of the new Menomena record, Mines. Had a great time interviewing them for ALARM when their last album came out.


05.05.10

The beauty of hand-drawn maps.


05.01.10

Happy International Worker’s Day!
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04.30.10

I’ve added some more audio clips from my interview with Matmos.


04.27.10

John Tesh is a pretty cool dude.


04.24.10

Chris Ware’s rejected Fortune 500 cover. I love micro-detailed drawings like this.


04.22.10

“It’s a conundrum. But Jesus was resurrected after three days, and you can visit Muhammad’s grave.” William Langewiesche talks to a military sniper.


04.18.10

Caught Edge of Doom (1950) on TCM at 3am this morning. A really excellent noir that, despite a tacked-on neat and tidy epilogue, has been described as “one of the bleakest films of the 1950s.”


04.11.10

PBS NOW takes an in-depth look at Braddock, Pennsylvania, a failing steel town whose mayor is trying to erase the blight and revitalize its fortunes.


04.10.10

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is pretty great, and his speech, “Why Working People Are Angry” shows why.


04.09.10

The search for the lost, first cut of The Magnificent Ambersons.


04.06.10

Kelefa Sanneh on the protean nature of white culture and identity.


03.19.10

The silver screen is now teal and orange.


03.15.10

This beautifully awkward 1989 interview of LL Cool J by Kim Gordon in SPIN was the inspiration for “Kool Thing


03.05.10

“The Federal Republic is not the place for an urban guerrilla movement in the Latin American style. The country offers, at most, suitable conditions for a gangster drama.”


03.03.10

The new Jed and Lucia EP, Many Many, is available on their website for only three dollars. It’s worth a lot more than that. Really excellent, particularly “Spaceman.”


03.02.10

Through the Sparks has a new album coming out March 23rd: Worm Moon Waining. They’re offering three new singles, plus all their previous material, including the excellent Lazarus Beach as free downloads at their website.


02.20.10

Movie Review:
Shutter Island
2 Stars


02.19.10

The future of slums


02.15.10

American TV shows have too many episodes; it’s quantity over quality.


01.24.10

Papyrus is the new Comic Sans.


01.13.10

Movie Review:
A Single Man
1.5 Stars


01.05.10

Movie Review:
Up in the Air
2 Stars


12.26.09

Whit Stillman talks to Charlie Rose about writing, making films, and how Americans misunderstand what’s great about Paris.


12.26.09

Is the South End erasing Roxbury from the map?


12.03.09

Pardon John Brown?


12.01.09

Bethany McLean looks at Goldman Sachs in Vanity Fair.


11.29.09

Movie Review:
An Education


11.24.09

Galileo’s fingers.


11.20.09

“This is just entry level to what’s coming. Just the appalling volume of artifacts will erase all meaning that they could ever possibly have. But we probably won’t get that far anyway.” Cormac McCarthy in the WSJ.


10.26.09

“At one time, we were a city of hate. We’re not a city of hate anymore.”


10.05.09

How Poverty Works


09.29.09

Objectivism is not a philosophy, it’s a personality disorder.


09.10.09

Pictures like this make me glad they fixed the Hubble.


08.26.09

Ted Kennedy, R.I.P.


08.22.09

Movie Review:
Inglorious Basterds


08.18.09

“Don’t waste time bandying words with philistines and crackpots.” — Marcus Aurelius


08.16.09

Movie Review:
In The Loop


08.12.09

This site is now running on Bluehost, as I’ve finally gotten fed up with Yahoo! Web Hosting.


08.12.09

Movie Review:
The Cove


08.04.09

Movie Review:
The Hurt Locker


07.28.09

Movie Review:
500 Days of Summer


07.27.09

Hating the Kindle


07.01.09

“Being an English major prepares you for impersonating authority” —Garrison Keillor


06.30.09

Remembering Morphine


06.15.09

Harold Bloom discusses Blood Meridian


06.01.09

The antilibrary of Umberto Eco.


05.12.09

Even though I won a free pizza last week, I still hate Twitter.


05.09.09

Movie Review:
Star Trek


04.28.09

Not surprised to see the Jesuits raising this issue. Good for them.


04.21.09

Restaurant Review:
Mooo….
4 Stars


04.17.09

Richard Wagner – Vorspiel
[audio:http://www.fincoon.com/music/vorspiel.mp3]


04.11.09

Mike Rowe on the importance of hard work.


03.20.09

The New Republic defends The New Deal from revisionist, conservative historians.


03.07.09

Movie Review:
Watchmen
1.5 Stars


02.17.09

Neko Case in the NYT Magazine. Middle Cyclone out March 3rd. Excited.


02.16.09

Movie Review:
Slumdog Millionaire


02.14.09

Restaurant Review:
No. 9 Park
5 Stars


02.11.09

Though I may not be the bottom review anymore, at least my opinion is acknowledged on Wikipedia.


02.08.09

Movie Review:
The Reader
4.5 Stars


01.21.09

Ended up right at the bottom, just as predicted. Green seems generous, should be yellow.


01.20.09

It’s unfortunate that Malia has to use a Kodak camera simply because it’s American made. Their cameras are poorly made and prone to failure.


01.18.09

Theater Review:
Equus


01.10.09

Movie Review:
The Wrestler
4.5 Stars


01.03.09

Movie Review:
Milk


12.19.08

New William Langewiesche article on the mid-air collision of a Boeing 737 and a private jet over Brazil in 2006, at Vanity Fair.


12.13.08

Movie Review:
Doubt


12.12.08

The perils of popular young-adult lit.


11.04.08

Good riddance.


11.03.08

Prescience in Satire:

The OnionJanuary 17th, 2001 | Bush also promised… that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years… Bush vowed to bring back economic stagnation by implementing substantial tax cuts, which would lead to a recession… a drop in consumer spending, which would lead to layoffs…


10.26.08

Restaurant Review:
KO Prime
5 Stars


10.22.08

Powerful photos of Barack Obama on the campaign trail.


10.22.08

Hodgman on Writing:

…to become an expert in any given subject that might be thrown your way, from hot dogs to hangover cures, the cellular process of aging, and to present yourself as such an authority with utter fraudulency and a completely straight face. And then to dump all that information out of your brain and start again…


10.07.08

The voice of PBS’s outstanding Frontline


09.20.08

Movie Review:
Burn After Reading
4 Stars


09.19.08

Sad: they’ve retired the Stealth Fighter. Seeing it fly at the Hanscom Air Show in 1997 was a real thrill.


09.18.08

Why I Love Massachusetts:

[Democratic State Senate candidate] Chang-Di­az will face a little-known Socialist Workers Party candidate, William Theodore Leonard, in the Nov. 4 general election. There is no Republican candidate.


09.15.08

Outer space is infinitely interesting.


09.10.08

Soda vs. Pop by county. I am doing my part to keep “Tonic” alive.


08.22.08

Can’t say I like the new Stop & Shop logo. At least the old one was related to stopping and shopping.


08.17.08

Movie Review:
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
1 Star


08.08.08

I always loved the AMG take on Jon Spencer: “…inspired showman or mendacious con man (frankly, he’s both).”


07.30.08

The United States has a long history of dirty politics, particularly when it comes to alleged religious affiliations.


07.22.08

Higher education isn’t about learning, it’s about defining class strata. Related.


07.18.08

They should start their own all-female counterclergy, and let people decide which Catholic church they like best. Like Antipopes.


07.09.08

The drummers were there first. Learn to enjoy it. Maybe even participate. Anyone can drum.


06.24.08

The New Yorker has a thing for self-harming psychiatric disorders:
The Itch. Lesch-Nyhan.


06.21.08

Mad Men returns on July 27th, looking to inherit the title of best cable drama now that The Wire is finished. This NYT profile of its creator is a nice aperitif.


06.20.08

If only the Bible were as well written as Paradise Lost. It’s… inspired.


06.19.08

It’s a great time to be a film critic. Not so great to be a film fan.


06.16.08

“I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book.” It’s Bloomsday.


06.15.08

You can tear down the projects, but the abstract root causes of poverty are harder to demolish.


06.12.08

Pirate Community Radio in Dorchester, filling a void and facing extinction.


06.11.08

Forbes has featured my articles quite prominently in their Father’s Day Gift Guide


06.09.08

“Measured against the problem we face, planting a garden sounds pretty benign, I know…”


02.17.08

Q: What do the Daytona 500, Britney Spears, great sandwiches, and I have in common?

A: Yahoo thinks we’re important.

Yahoo Serious