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Close Readings: A QA with Greil Marcus About The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll In Ten Songs

Greil Marcus’ latest book is The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs, a non-chronologically-ordered eccentric book, focusing on 10 songs that Marcus has chosen for his own reasons (reasons which he went into in the QA below). Part … Continue reading

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Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)

I haven’t hated a movie in a long time. My review of “Hector and the Search for Happiness” is now up at

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His Name Was Rico. He Wore a Diamond.

The ATM at the Copacabana, 47th Street, New York, NY.

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Swim Little Fish Swim (2014)

Swim Little Fish Swim is a first feature. Sweet, slight, but confused. I think the message I took from it was not the one intended. My review of Swim Little Fish Swim is up at The Dissolve.

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The Guest (2014)

Super fun. Highly recommended. My review of The Guest is up at

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A Fingerprint

I came home the other night and opened my mailbox. There was a big envelope there, with my name written on it. No return address. But I recognized the handwriting immediately. From an old old flame of mine, a major … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Hank Williams

“He came to Nashville and he just set this whole world on fire. He was the first one to go to Las Vegas as a country singer, he was the first one in a major hotel in New York City … Continue reading

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You Don’t Own Me

Lesley Gore, performing “You Don’t Own Me”, on the 1964 T.A.M.I. Show, directed by Steve Binder (who also would end up directing Elvis Presley’s phenomenal 1968 “comeback special”). There’s tons of commentary out there about what went down on the … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 6: “No Exit”

Directed by Kim Manners Written by Matt Witten “So this is hell. I’d never have believed it. You remember all we were told about the torture-chambers, the fire and brimstone, the “burning marl.” Old wives’ tales! There’s no need for … Continue reading

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It’s Fall

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