Monthly Archives: June 2003

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle

Felix’s First Rule of Movies states that "films are always better on their opening weekend". Well, if that’s true, then maybe there’s a case for adding Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle to the Ten Worst Films of All Time list. Because … Continue reading

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Liberal journalism and the New York Times

On Sunday, the New York Times’s dry-as-dust "Week in Review" section fronted a big article by David Rosenbaum headlined "Bush May Have Exaggerated, but Did He Lie?". The story looked at false statements by George W Bush, such as "my … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the cover artists

After posting a query on Memefirst this morning about the different editions of the Harry Potter books, I decided to create a little matrix of them all, to see how they compared. Here it is; for the sake of saving … Continue reading

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The economic policy of John Edwards

Eagle-eyed William Saletan, at Slate, posted a very useful heads-up today about a key speech which Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards gave on Tuesday at Georgetown University. Saletan gives the Cliff’s Notes version, full of paradox and "audacity", and says … Continue reading

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Paying friends

Back in my protoblogging days, in March 2000, I posted an item on the old, low-tech disagreeing with a certain piece of advice given by Slate’s agony aunt, Dear Prudence. I don’t know what it is about Prudence which … Continue reading

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Cryptic crosswords

Many months ago, my grandmother told me that I should read a short book she’d just finished. We were on the telephone at the time, and it took a while for me to get the title straight: Pretty girl in … Continue reading

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Simultaneous translation at BAM

I live with one of those arty-filmy types, who idolises Ingmar Bergman, and who forced me to get tickets to Ghosts when we were filling out our BAM subscription last year. Ghosts is a relatively minor Ibsen play which has … Continue reading

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Malevich at the Guggenheim

Kasimir Malevich has long been one of my favourite artists, ever since I saw one of his great white-on-white paintings at Annely Juda as a teenager. There’s a handful of paintings which seared themselves into my consciousness the minute I … Continue reading

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