“IT” and the Ego

I have a memory I can recall vividly, though I’m sure there are added details that never existed. Gone in their place are the calmer notes that made it reality, rather than the nightmare that exists now. So, the following is an event that transpired as well as I can recall it now. Continue reading ““IT” and the Ego”

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A Great Movie: “Man From Plains”

A GREAT MOVIE is, well, just that. A chance, untethered from any specific purpose, to write a little about a movie that’s great, hopefully recommending you to check it out for the first time or again. It’s of course inspired by the legendary Roger Ebert, whose Great Movie books were a foundational asset to me. Continue reading “A Great Movie: “Man From Plains””

In “The Beguiled,” Sofia Coppola continues her observational work on American youth

Sofia Coppola, like John Hughes or Gus Van Zandt before her, is our foremost chronicler of American youthfulness. Plenty of other extraordinary films have captured experiences or asked questions about what youth means in American culture, but few have done so as consistently as Coppola. It began in The Virgin Suicides and continues in her newest film, The Beguiled. Continue reading “In “The Beguiled,” Sofia Coppola continues her observational work on American youth”

Manchester Orchestra travels to fatherhood on “A Black Mile to the Surface”

Last winter, my wife and I took a trip to her mother’s house in Florida. On the way back, I decided to play through the discography of Manchester Orchestra, one of my favorite bands, but one I hadn’t listened to closely in quite some time. The collected length of all the albums would put us pretty close to home. We switched driving duties more than halfway through Georgia, and so began my time behind the wheel while my wife took a nap. About an hour and half, or two albums through, I noticed an odd sight, a sign: “Welcome to Florida.” Continue reading “Manchester Orchestra travels to fatherhood on “A Black Mile to the Surface””

“Dreaming the Beatles,” and dreaming my Beatles

Rob Sheffield’s tremendous new book, Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World, has been repeatedly praised for doing that which seems impossible: forming a whole book about the Fab Four that feels fresh. Continue reading ““Dreaming the Beatles,” and dreaming my Beatles”