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John Murphy

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Reviews > Music

Cosmic Slop

Posted by on 10.14.08 | Not Rated

Cosmic Slop Yes, it’s The Verve’s fourth album, Forth. A bad pun is a suspicious beginning for an album with philosophical pretensions, especially since the word “forth” suggests a progression, when Forth is more like a reminder: “Remember us? We’re The Verve. We used to make epic Britpop. We still do.” The clouds… READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    lyrics | seeker

Reviews > Movies

Funny as Hell

Posted by on 10.10.08 | Not Rated

Funny as Hell There’s a segment of the Tonight Show called “Jaywalking,” where Jay Leno asks regular Joes (“Joe Sixpacks”?) simple questions about history, politics, geography, etc. Considering the answers he gets, you’d think Burbank a social experiment gone wrong. Bill Maher, host of Politically Incorrect, adopts the… READ MORE >

(6) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    atheism | bill maher | religion | satire

Opinion > Politics

Politics and Words

Posted on 10.06.08 | Rating: 4

Politics and Words Image Journal’s website features a blog by Brian Volck on the slippery nature of words; more specifically, the language of this election season, and key words like “change.” Both parties claim to be the agents of change. What does it mean? How does a word or expression change in a given context? In politics, are words used… READ MORE >

(5) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    change | george orwell | language

Reviews > Books

Rushdie, The Enchanter

Posted by on 10.06.08 | Rating: 3

Rushdie, The Enchanter In 1988, Sir Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses earned the Indian-British author a rare honor: a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s assassination, issued by a faction of Muslim extremists. The fatwa granted Rushdie the social distinction of martyrdom without its one significant disadvantage, as the author continued to collect awards and… READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    fatwa | florence | india | salman rushdie

Reviews > Books

Disasters of War

Posted by on 10.02.08 | Not Rated

Disasters of War So here we are, facing a global economic collapse and an election where both candidates represent the lesser of another evil. It’s time to turn to Kurt Vonnegut, whose unique blend of bleak humor, genuine outrage, and dark surreality seems more relevant than ever, and more cogent than a cadre of political and economic analysts. Armageddon… READ MORE >


Opinion > Books

The Archbishop of Canterbury Reads Dostoevsky

Posted on 10.02.08 | Rating: 4

The Archbishop of Canterbury Reads Dostoevsky Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, has recently written a book about Fyodor Dostoevsky, author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. The book—Dostoevsky: Language, Faith, and Fiction—has drawn some controversy, not so much for its content, but for the question of whether it should have been written in the first place.… READ MORE >


Reviews > Movies

God is Godard

Posted by on 10.01.08 | Not Rated

God is Godard Reprise is a movie about young Norwegian writers that feels made by young French filmmakers: stylish, self-conscious, angsty, funny, a little sloppy, and unapologetically pretentious. Erik and Philip are two aspiring writers and lifelong friends who simultaneously slide their manuscripts (as precious to them as bundled babies) into a mail… READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    godard | norway | writers

Opinion > Movies

Waugh’s Unlikely Champions

Posted on 10.01.08 | Not Rated

Waugh’s Unlikely Champions In the New York Review of Books, Daniel Mendelsohn demonstrates a supple understanding of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited—its themes and ambitions. Many have criticized the latest film version of the classic Catholic novel for playing fast-and-loose with the source material, but Mendelsohn is one of the few critics to analyze with… READ MORE >


Reviews > Books

Roth’s Wrath

Posted by on 09.25.08 | Not Rated

Roth’s Wrath It’s not quite a twist on the level of The Sixth Sense (I read dead people?), but you may raise an eyebrow fifty-or-so pages into Indignation: our narrator is not only unreliable, he may not be corporeal. Philip Roth’s idea of the Afterlife is apparently similar to his idea of Old Age: mourn lost youth, nurse grudges, and rage… READ MORE >


Reviews > Music

Lord, Can You Hear Me?

Posted by on 09.24.08 | Not Rated

Lord, Can You Hear Me? Sometime last year, Spiritualized frontman, Jason Pierce, found himself in the UK equivalent of the E.R, the Accident & Emergency ward, undergoing treatment for double-pneumonia. It would be tempting to conclude that this brush with mortality inspired Pierce’s latest album’s worth of death-haunted sonic swells, Songs in A &… READ MORE >


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