• narrative

    Troubled Waters

    berlinger’s crude is a slick film

    October 8, 2009
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    The Amazon jungle is a dangerous place. You might assume the toothy beasts lurking in the river ways—anacondas, caiman, bull sharks—would pose the greatest threat. But a new problem has gurgled up out of the water: crude oil. Lots of it. Joe Berlinger’s new documentary Crude highlights what the media has referred to relentlessly as a […]

    Messrs. October

    dude. food.

    October 8, 2009
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    “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball.  I’ll tell you what I do.  I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby While we like to augment the staring with dark beers, crusty bread and root-based soups, the sentiments of Mr. Hornsby (he of the .424 average […]

    I Call Middle!

    The Hardy Brothers

    October 8, 2009
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    Dear Hardy Brothers, Sometimes when I’m high, I think about threesomes. The other night I was stoned, listening to the new Britney Spears song “3” and I really got to thinking. Then I got stuck. Maybe because I was too high. Maybe because it’s too complicated an issue. Either way, Hardy Brothers, I’d love to […]

    A Word or Two on Budweiser

    October 3, 2009
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    Let me start with the label. There’s something familiar about it—more than familiar, really, Budweiser occupies that same hallowed land as the other “great consumables,” like Marlboro and Coca-Cola. More than products, more than brands, something more like patriotism: irrational devotion, loyalty, love. Budweiser is special; it comes in a can with a label that […]

    I Can See Every Monster as They Come In

    a track-by-track review of the Monsters of Folk debut

    October 1, 2009
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    Monsters of Folk, the frequently labeled “supergroup” comprised of Yim Yames (the all too subtle pseudonym of Jim James), Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis, released their self-titled debut last week.  Many have likened the group to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and the Travelling Wilburys –  the Highwaymen or the Super Session’s Bloomfield, […]