Monthly Archives: November 2011

Recovering Rave Reviews For De Palma’s Blow Out

Tonight, I watched Brian De Palma’s Blow Out, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve known for a while now that De Palma’s early work is cherished among cinephiles as being made with a very particular set of skills. But until recently, I … Continue reading

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The Candidate GOP Voters Trust Most With Nukes Wants To Develop Deployable Nukes

On Wednesday, Fox News released its latest poll, finding that in a head-to-head match President Obama and Mitt Romney are essentially tied (nominally, Romney bests Obama 44 to 42, but that is within the poll’s margin of error) in the … Continue reading

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Catching Sight Of The Phoney Gulp In The Wild

As part of a blitz of blogging yesterday, David Berman ordained what he calls “the phoney gulp” as “the new worst move in journalism.” Pulling examples from Vanity Fair, The Stranger, and HTMLGiant, DCB decried the modern tendency for some … Continue reading

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Playbook Fumbles

Shot: Chaser: Thousands of enraged Penn State students tore through the streets of State College, Pa., overnight to protest the firing of Joe Paterno after the longtime head football coach was removed from his position effective immediately. Amid chants of “We want … Continue reading

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Electric Band Deals

Remember that time I said that I really wanted to buy Wild Flag’s debut album, but felt thwarted by the fact that the music service I pay a monthly fee to subscribe to doesn’t carry albums from their label? Well, … Continue reading

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A Fact That Is New To Me

For class, I’ve just started reading David Mayhew’s Divided We Govern. In the preface to the 2nd edition, Mayhew notes that of the eight possible permutations of partisan control of the House, Senate and presidency, the current set up with … Continue reading

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Unsubstantiated Journalistic Assertion Watch

In his article on President Obama’s deft ability to run an attack-oriented campaign operation without getting labeled a negative campaigner, Politico’s Ben Smith tried to place Obama in a historical perspective, noting how common place negative campaigning is in presidential … Continue reading

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