Reluctant Habits

Superficial Reading: Cynthia Ozick and Critical Pygmies

Posted by in Book Reviewing, fischer-mike, leclair-tom, marchand-philip, Ozick, Cynthia, ulin-david, upchurch-michael

Why is Cynthia Ozick’s Foreign Bodies being reviewed by feeble and uncomprehending hatchet men?

The Bat Segundo Show: Isabel Wilkerson

Posted by in Bat Segundo, History, interview, wilkerson-isabel

In this 45 minute radio interview, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson discusses The Warmth of Other Suns, the Great Migration, and many neglected aspects of 20th century history.

The Bat Segundo Show: Tom McCarthy II

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, mcccarthy-tom

In this 40 minute radio interview, novelist Tom McCarthy discusses his latest novel, C. Free association between correspondent and novelist ensues.

Review: The Next Three Days (2010)

Posted by in Film, haggis-paul

A 2,000 word essay reflecting efforts to understand why Paul Haggis is necessary through the prism of his most recent film.

The 2010 National Book Awards

Posted by in National Book Awards

Liveblogging the 2010 National Book Awards. (This page will be updated throughout the evening of November 17, 2010.)

Review: Morning Glory (2010)

Posted by in Film

Morning Glory is too often that stiff partner that lacks the courage to get up and go, to take more than a few perfunctory chances. It is a movie in desperate need of some hip-shaking and a hip flask.

The Bat Segundo Show: Paul Harding

Posted by in Bat Segundo, harding-paul, interview

In this wildly philosophical 45 minute radio interview, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding discusses Tinkers, the material world, Moby Dick, accidental symmetry, roving homes, and numerous other topics.

Review: 127 Hours (2010)

Posted by in Film, franco-james

I’m relieved to report that 127 Hours, a very pleasant movie about mountain climber Aron Ralston quite literally giving up his right arm, cuts straight to the point.

Review: Due Date (2010)

Posted by in Film

A comedy featuring a masturbating dog certainly hits the right stroke. Thankfully, there are capable hands behind Due Date, a gutsy and often side-splitting movie that further cements Todd Phillips’s rep as a comedy auteur far more interesting than Adam McKay and Nicholas Stoller.

The Cooks Source Scandal: How a Magazine Profits on Theft

Posted by in Cooks Source, gaudio-monica, griggs-judith, Plaigiarism

Cooks Source Magazine stole Monica Gaudio’s article. But this exclusive investigation demonstrates that the Gaudio theft was just scratching the surface.

Jon Stewart and the New Political Privilege

Posted by in Politics, Rally to Restore Sanity, stewart-jon

But if the cost of this unity involves slicing the edges off the political spectrum, if it involves ignoring the obvious facts that Goldman Sachs created an orphan month to puff up its earnings and good people had their lives changed by subprime loans and the derivatives casino rewarded the rich at the expense of the poor, then there is something seriously wrong with our priorities. It involves embracing a myth that is just as dangerous as the fabricated Reagan prosperity narrative promulgated by the Tea Party crowd.