Magazine September 16, 2013, Issue

Film: Small Ball

Lake Bell in In a World . . . (Roadside Attractions)
A review of In a World . . .

I complain fairly often in this space about the slow decline of middlebrow entertainment — the way superheroes and franchises have crowded out original storytelling, the way the economics of the blockbuster has made it hard to get even a medium-budget movie off the ground, the way it’s difficult to imagine today’s Hollywood greenlighting many of the classics of my childhood and teenage years. (“Wait, you’re saying he just learns karate from some old guy and then goes on to win a tournament? That’ll never justify our marketing budget! Why can’t we make him a karate superhero instead?”)

These are familiar

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Politics & Policy

Rocky Mountain High

Denver, Colo. – There’s a stretch of Broadway that’s called Broadsterdam because of its medical-marijuana dispensaries. Just a block over, flanking Acoma and Bannock Streets, is a warehouse district. It’s not ...
Politics & Policy

The Army You Haven’t

When Barack Obama assumed office in 2009, the American military was already fragile. The last major military build-up had happened 25 years before, in the Reagan administration. Years of high ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

E Pluribus Bonum

The mantra “We are a nation of immigrants” is repeated endlessly, but this incantation is essentially misleading. The addition of one adjective, “assimilated,” as in, “We are a nation of ...
Politics & Policy

Film: Small Ball

I complain fairly often in this space about the slow decline of middlebrow entertainment — the way superheroes and franchises have crowded out original storytelling, the way the economics of ...
City Desk

There’s a Place

Every man has the place he hangs out. The employees of this magazine, at its old location, had the fancy Italian restaurant for editorial lunches and dinners. But for daily ...

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Politics & Policy

Letters

Persecution at the Polls (In re “Laboratory of Islamism,” August 19) I have read several articles stating that the Muslim Brotherhood actually threatened Coptic Christians into not voting last year in ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Whatever happened to the wholesome, respectable MTV we grew up with? ‐ In a recent interview, Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said of defunding Obamacare that “if it doesn’t happen ...
Athwart

Attack of the Acronyms

Some cable show, some channel, some Sunday: another think-tank smart guy laying out the risks for landing a right cross on Bashar Assad’s chin. (If you could find it. SpecOps ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

NIGHT WISDOM Face framed with a few lonely wisps of gray, the dark haired lady suggested gently, over coffee, to the young mother, bone weary, with a babe who had cried through the night, but now slept, as ...
Happy Warrior

Party Politics

Prowling my hotel room the other night, I discovered a copy of the latest Vogue, kindly provided by the management. So, after bringing myself up to speed on Jennifer Lawrence ...

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