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On Ask Polly: Should I Give In And Be The Other Woman?

I'm not quite certain what you're offering here, but I'm pretty sure it isn't Feminism. Must a woman justify her individualism to others by the ethics of her sexual partner or whether her boyfriend has a big cock or not?

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 8:09 am 1

On Millennial Fired For Tweet

@431829439@twitter Wouldn't make more sense, then, to give the tip to the people waiting in line behind the larger order, who have to spend their hard-earned time waiting for its completion, rather than the guy being paid a considerably higher hourly wage than a waitperson, whose job is to do exactly what he'd be doing if it was a bunch of smaller orders?

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:11 am 0

On The Man Behind The Brilliant Media Hoax Of "I, Libertine"

There have been a few pieces on Jean Shepherd recently and they all claim that no-one remembers Jean Shepherd.

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 5:25 am 0

On The Rolling Stones, In Order

The reputation of Satanic Majesties has been utterly revised since the mid-Eighties and it's now generally thought of as one of the Stones' strongest. Not their best album, but arguably their most influential on bands that matter from that period onwards.

And Black and Blue is super-lazy sounding; "Fool to Cry" is terrible. Why they didn't stick "Slave" on it, I have no idea.

Posted on December 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm 0

On Bob Dylan, "Duquesne Whistle"

It is driving me crazy that the video doesn't bother to RESOLVE ITS NARRATIVE. Is it because Bob only showed up for fifteen minutes and his footage is him walking right down the street to his limo? How hard would it have been for them to film Dylan and his freak/loser posse coming across the guy on the ground, picking him up, dusting him off, and then integrating him into the gang as they're all shot from behind disappearing into the horizon? EASY.

Posted on September 3, 2012 at 5:26 am 0

On Maureen Dowd, Cub Reporter

None of the writers you've mentioned at the top of the piece had "salad days" per se, they were either well-connected or groomed from the start for the positions they currently inhabit, merit or no. But, either, way, no way that Santa Claus quote wasn't made up or, at the very least, prodded and massaged: if that had come out in 2010, Dowd would have been out the back door in a week.

Posted on July 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm 0

On A Takedown of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Brody's piece begs the question of the German tendency to memorialize IN LIEU OF remembrance. There's a reason those stones look so cold. Fun Fact: the anti-graffiti coating on the memorial is by the company that created Zyklon-B, so if you spray "Never Forget" on one of the slabs, it wipes right off.

Posted on July 15, 2012 at 9:49 pm 0

On A Takedown of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Isn't that a photo of Berghain?

Posted on July 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm 0

On The 40-Year-Old Reversion

@Matt I believe Amy Sohn is more of an Open City sort of girl.

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 7:26 am 0

On Eric B. & Rakim's 'Paid In Full' At 25

Rakim and Biggie are really the bookends of the Golden Age of Hip-Hop. Rakim was the instigator of the trend in which everything was metaphorized, including the track itself, and although he wasn't a particularly political rapper, this gave political rappers the tools they needed to tell their story -- the ghetto represented a microcosm, the dealer a reaction to social realities. Biggie stripped the metaphor from this: a drug deal was just a drug deal, albeit one with a compellingly tight narrative, charismatically rapped. Biggie was one of the greats but, along with the sampling shutdown, pretty much caulked the casket on my preferred era of the music.

Posted on July 7, 2012 at 8:43 am 0