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Gurning Expressions and Good Craic

I’ve recently locked into “Derry Girls” on Netflix, of which I’ve just encountered this enthusiastic review in The Guardian. For me, a dialect wonk, the series is a bracing dip into Irish brogue, besides good entertainment. The world is ready … Continue reading

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Netflixing the World

… Netflix has discovered something startling: Despite a supposed surge in nationalism across the globe, many people like to watch movies and TV shows from other countries… A list of Netflix’s most watched and most culturally significant recent productions looks … Continue reading

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Massive Attack

“Gigs have become very formulaic these days,” adds [Adam] Curtis. “Not just gigs but all of culture – and that’s the challenge. The way you make people look again is by finding a different sort of image. And so the … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Enjoy Movies

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/10/why-didnt-liam-neeson-just-stick-to-script The best way of enjoying a film is to know nothing at all about the actors. Except that they’re famous and good sports. (David Mitchell, “Why didn’t Liam Neeson just stick to the script?”, The Guardian, 2-10-19) I’m too … Continue reading

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In Search Of

… In the actual history of the human race “traditional masculinity” as a single coherent category simply does not exist. To pluck only Western examples, there is no single “traditional” model that can encompass strong, silent types and romantic poets, … Continue reading

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Colette

static01.nyt.com/images/2018/10/03/arts/03colette1/merlin_143890539_b04f8a07-099a-46e2-9af4-3de2e7185111-articleLarge.jpg Another great strength of Chéri is its domestic accuracy, especially about the shifting sands between two people alone in a room, the vanity and careless cruelty, the weird dance between love and clarity – “You never laugh except unkindly … Continue reading

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Boosler, Eisenberg, Cage, Aznavour, Hockney

Men, she sighs, expect her to cook breakfast the morning after sex. “They want things like toast,” she says, exasperated. “I don’t have these recipes.” (Jason Zinoman, “The Comedy Master Who Hasn’t Gotten Her Due: Elayne Boosler,” NYTimes, 10-1-18) “I … Continue reading

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