2017

September 8, 2017: You Gotta Represent

Note: I actually mostly wrote this a couple of months ago, before getting derailed by…life, I guess. So, some of the links are a little dated, but looking back over it I decided I was sufficiently satisfied with it to finish it up and post it anyway. I’m doing a lot of reading lately, mostly …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for March 22, 2015

A bit lake this week as it is finals time and I had stacks of grading to get through. Video: “A Message” by Kelela I was not as blown away by Kelela’s first release, Cut 4 Me, as many critics seemed to be, but this is very nice. Minimal production on the verses—basically just percussion— …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for March 13, 2015

Two things to read and two sets of images to look at this week. Article: “A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella” by Linda Holmes “Cinderella” is not so much a story as pattern, or a set of patterns, which can be used to make stories out of some fairly dissimilar materials. …

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2014 recommendations

Recommendations for January 12, 2014

My favorite film of 2013 was, by a fair margin, Spike Jonze’s Her. The critical reception has been pretty uniformly positive, as far as I have seen, so I won’t simply pile on. The main thing I have been saying to people to whom I’ve recommended the movie is that there is much more to …

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2013 movies Review

Movie Review: Wadjda

Wadjda, dir. Haifaa al-Mansour Saudi Arabia, 2013 Note: this review contains spoilers It is easy with a film that has a backstory like this one to let that backstory take precedence over the film itself. That it was shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, a country where film in general is only grudgingly permitted (and film …

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2013 recommendations

Recommendations for July 21, 2013

Posting a bit late today. I will start with some new music, and then a couple of articles having an Unintentional Conversation. Song: “California” by Mazzy Star Mazzy Star’s first album, So Tonight That I Might See, is one of those records that I have listened to so many times that I don’t really need …

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