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John Murphy

John Murphy | 43 posts | Member since 11.23.07

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

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 >


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

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 >


Reviews > Books

Twice-told Tales

Posted by on 09.22.08 | Not Rated

Twice-told Tales Our Story Begins collects new and older short-stories by Tobias Wolff, one of America’s acknowledged masters of the genre. Wolff-hounds will recognize canonical works like “Hunters in the Snow,” “Bullet in the Brain,” and “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” short-form masterpieces that have… READ MORE >

(1) COMMENT  |  TOPICS:    dante | o. henry | short stories

Reviews > Movies

League of Morons

Posted by on 09.20.08 | Not Rated

League of Morons After doing the damn near impossible—making last year's damn near perfect No Country For Old Men—who could blame the Coen brothers for blowing off a little steam? Burn After Reading returns to the anarchic comedy of Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski, but with diminished returns. Like the suitcase full of cash in No Country,… READ MORE >

(1) COMMENT  |  TOPICS:    coen brothers | comedy | farce

Reviews > Books

Paul Auster, In the Dark

Posted by on 09.19.08 | Not Rated

Paul Auster, In the Dark In Paul Auster’s new novel, the ‘Man in the Dark’ is August Brill, a retired book critic with a broken leg, a broken heart, and a serious bout of insomnia. Lacking the season of all natures, sleep, Brill endures an endless cycle of dark nights of the soul by making up escapist stories in his head, an activity that dampens his… READ MORE >


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