"The Ghost Writer" review

The latest film from Roman Polanaski has been hailed as a return to form for the director behind Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Pianist — a taut political thriller that

Shocker: Matt Taibbi's a dick

Via Jason Fagone, I came across this story about the rise and fall of a duo of American muckrakers — Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi — looking to make a

Olympic Pole Dancing

There I was, struggling to come up with something to blog about — seriously: I don’t care about health care reform or this damn summit — when BAM: Deadspin blogs

Was Joseph Stack a terrorist?

It seems that Matt Steinglass is on pretty much the same wavelength I am regarding the IRS plane bomber, Joseph Stack: So I think that on definitional grounds, you have

Teachers unions are the worst, cont.

The New York Times has what amounts to a follow up on the New Yorker’s examination of the NYC school system’s “rubber rooms,” the place where disciplined/ineffective teachers are sent

“Up in the Air” and privilege

Over at his revamped digs,* Freddie DeBoer critiques Up in the Air: The problem is, on a broader level, that Ryan Bingham is a privileged person with privileged problems. An

Academese is *so* annoying

There really is nothing worse than reading academics do film analysis. Consider this passage on George Romero’s The Crazies in Tony Williams’ George Romero: Knight of the Living Dead: The