Monthly Archives: October 2002

Punch-Drunk Love

If there’s one thing that Paul Thomas Anderson loves, it’s virtuouso camerawork. In his first film, Boogie Nights, it was generally considered to be a nod of the head to Martin Scorcese. But the impossibly long tracking shots have remained … Continue reading

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50-50 nations

Mickey Kaus says that "a 50-50 tie may be the new equilibrium state of American politics", and helpfully provides links to other people who have said the same thing in the past. It stands to reason that in a two-party … Continue reading

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Krugman, Lewis and greed

The New York Times Magazine has given the cover of its last two issues to what it calls The Class Wars. The first story, by Paul Krugman, glossed the growing inequality in the US, and bemoans the fact that "income … Continue reading

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At the end of Frida, the new film by Julie Taymor, the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina) says of his wife, the painter Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek), that "never before has a woman committed such agonised poetry to … Continue reading

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A message from my sister

I guess I should introduce myself. I am Felix’s sister, Rhian. Most of you reading this probably know me anyway cos you’re my friends and I’ve told you to read this. But it is Felix’s page and one must assume … Continue reading

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the girl and the fig

Sonoma county, just north of San Francisco, has to be one of the most expensive places in the world. Basic B&Bs cost about $200 a night, with a 2-night minimum at weekends, while small vineyards go for millions. When I … Continue reading

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St Francis in San Francisco

I’m sure that I wasn’t the only New Yorker to book a flight to the west coast when I heard that the new general director of the San Francisco opera, Pamela Rosenberg, had decided to put on a production of … Continue reading

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The Trials of Henry Kissinger and Bowling for Columbine

Left-wing documentaries are popular in New York City these days. I’ve been to two this week: The Trials of Henry Kissinger on Thursday afternoon, and Bowling for Columbine on Sunday night. Both showings were almost sold out, and the latter … Continue reading

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Welcome to the new-look! The incomparable Stefan Geens has installed the excellent Movable Type onto my server, and what you see now is the result. It’s going to take me a little while to move all my old postings … Continue reading

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Rosenbaum, Hitchens and the Left

Christopher Hitchens has a new book out, on George Orwell. Orwell is one of those figures who tends to mean whatever you want him to mean: he’s been adopted by political partisans (and, indeed, non-partisans) from across the spectrum, each … Continue reading

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Secretary is, at heart, a by-the-numbers love story. Troubled girl meets troubled boy, they fall in love, but their troubles drive them apart before they are eventually overcome and our loving couple lives happily ever after. If the problem with … Continue reading

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A bit later than I originally intended, I finally got around to seeing Barbershop tonight. If you haven’t done so as well, I highly recommend you follow suit: it’s an excellent film, which pulls off the almost-impossible feat of being … Continue reading

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Men in uniform

Three stories for you: • Two air marshals panic on a flight from Atlanta to Philadelphia, brandishing guns at terrified passengers and arresting a blameless former Army major (of Indian descent, natch) for "observing too closely" what was going on, … Continue reading

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