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Indra’s Net: The Photography of Uncle Boonmee

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, opens with a still portrait: a long mid-shot of a water buffalo tied to a tree somewhere in the Thai countryside. Shot in twilight, the dark greens of … Continue reading

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Fathers on Wax: On Syl Johnson

On a Friday night in December, I joined a sold-out crowd at Southpaw in Brooklyn to see the soul musician Syl Johnson. Johnson had recently released a comprehensive box set which was panned by music writer Douglas Wolk in his … Continue reading

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The Ungrateful Heart

I. I hesitate to write about current events for this blog unless I feel that those events are somehow paradigmatic. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case with the beatings of leftist protestors by Tea Party activists in the last … Continue reading

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Thundering at The Door: Vampires, Ibsen and Mad Men

Reading Ben’s post on stagnant thought and homogenous time, I thought of a cultural rut that America seems unable to escape: an obsession with vampires. The past two years have seen “Twilight,” “True Blood” and “The Vampire Diaries, ” not … Continue reading

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Chained to the Screen: Watching Black Mama, White Mama

When I came across the line in Raffi’s piece on Chagaga decrying the women-in-prison genre of film, I said to Raffi, wistfully, “But I love Black Mama, White Mama…” To be honest, I only vaguely remembered liking it; it’s been … Continue reading

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In My Humble Opinion: Douthat and Marx

I don’t care much for nostalgia. I look at the past not with regret that the present doesn’t resemble a past that never existed, but instead with regret that the past did not produce a present that could have existed. … Continue reading

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The Character of Languages

When I write about China, I assume that nobody knows anything about China. Ask an average well-educated Westerner to name a classic work of Chinese fiction or give the dates for a Chinese dynasty, and more often than not, even … Continue reading

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