controlled crash

The final graph of an epic article: Outside the public eye, Fed officials had acquired much more information since March about the interconnections and cross-ex...

minding the gap

very rarely will i have the kind of nightmare i just had now. a prolonged, disinterested narrative set in a post-apocalyptic city where zombies (they sleep duri...

strong women

The 1949 Mexican noir film Aventurera is tightly crafted, progressive, sensational, at times experimental and completely modern. Related: ¿A Quién Le Importa? b...

movies

Gone Baby Gone is a chilling exploration of moral reasoning, as sober as the law and as tender as prayer. It poses a seemingly simple question: is it ever just ...

politics

There are 1,321,851,888 Chinese and one Premier. There are 301,139,947 Americans and one President. The Chinese political system has to endure over four times t...

politics

Jane Mayer in the The New York Review of Books: …at almost every turn along the way, the Bush administration was warned that whatever the short-term benef...

politics

New York Magazine via Josh Marshall: The alternative, of course, is to get on offense, to batter McCain for his gaffes and incoherence, hammer him for his flip-...

movies

It had been at least a dozen years since I last saw Paris is Burning and it was even better than I remembered it. A clear portrait of a powerful culture, the mo...

politics

This is what happens when you have a real opposition party: Over the last ten days or so, the President and the McCain campaign (who are clearly working in coor...

politics

This is cursory judgment but no less informed than much of what I hear from pundits on television. According to this book review, cited by Matthew Yglesias, the...

politics

Ouch: Yet, now that he is the presumptive nominee, Obama is standing not with Feingold, but with Bush and the special interests Obama once denounced. He says he...

politics

to the victor the spoils (of the GWOT): And of course if I were Barack Obama it’s very possible that I wouldn’t think giving the executive branch un...

politics

Is it possible to send both a contribution and a rebuke all at once? What Barack Obama did here was wrong and destructive. He’s supporting a bill that is ...

politics

I’m so naive, it never occurred to me that people did this in real life: There are reports from very reliable sources that Hoyer, after engineering this &...

media

We would never permit a network to physically beat people in order to report on the beatings as sensational news. The body politic is another story. Frank Rich:...

politics

World tips Hollywood on its axis: The studios may be Hollywood-based, but their conglom parents are thinking globally, which affects every business and creative...