I Don’t Claim to Be a Crunchy Con…

…and I do acknowledge being a heterosexual musical-comedy queen, so I have to say that I really loved the movie version of Rent. I loved the show too. Yes, I know it’s about how wonderful New York was when it was overrun with drag queens battling evil cops in Tompkins Square Park, but what can I do? At least it isn’t American Beauty.

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Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
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Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More