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November 05, 2009

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Tuesday's elections were a rebuke to the right wing and a warning to Democrats.  They were also a timely reminder that President Obama needs to tune up his celebrated political organization and find a way to make Americans feel hopeful again. The night's biggest loser was the national conservative political machine--the wealthy tax-cutters at the Club for Growth and the Palin-Limbaugh-Beck complex.

Email Of The Day
February 03, 2009

A thread with a Republican friend to whom I auto-emailed a TNR story today: From: Eve Fairbanks To: xxxx@yahoo.com  Subject: The New Republic Story Dear xxxx@yahoo.com, your friend Eve Fairbanks thought you might be interested in this story from The New Republic: "Conservatism is Dead" *** From: xxxx@yahoo.com To: Eve Fairbanks Subject: Re: The New Republic Story I am sorry to hear the news. --Eve Fairbanks

Come Stump The Stump
January 14, 2008

For those in the Washington area, Mike Crowley and I, along with our boss Frank Foer and our esteemed colleagues Jon Chait, Michelle Cottle, and Leon Wieseltier, will be participating in a roundtable discussion about the presidential primaries tomorrow night (January 15) at 7. It all happens at the Sixth and I Synagogue--located, somewhat counter-intuitively, on the corner of Sixth and I in Northwest Washington. For those who don't live in Washington, I'm told the event will be broadcast on C-SPAN.

Come Stump The Stump
January 14, 2008

For those in the Washington area, Mike and I, along with our boss Frank Foer and our esteemed colleagues Jon Chait, Michelle Cottle, and Leon Wieseltier, will be participating in a roundtable discussion about the presidential primaries tomorrow night (January 15) at 7. It all happens at the Sixth and I Synagogue--located, somewhat counter-intuitively, on the corner of Sixth and I in Northwest Washington. For those who don't live in Washington, I'm told the event will be broadcast on C-SPAN.

A Big Thud
July 20, 2004

Elmore Leonard is perhaps the most cinematic novelist writing in the English language.

Along Went Ben
June 08, 2004

Ben Stiller has the rare distinction of starring in two of the funniest American films of the last decade, the Farrelly brothers' There's Something About Mary and David O. Russell's lesser known Flirting with Disaster. Stiller also has the rather more common distinction of starring in a lot of utter rubbish. It will probably come as no surprise that Along Came Polly, out on video this week, falls into the latter category. In Polly, Stiller plays Ruben Feffer, an insurance risk assessor who is predictably terrified of any risk in his personal life.

Age of Innocence
June 02, 2004

Editor's Note: This article has been corrected. If the last few years have taught us anything about the Oscars, it's that the Academy loves a glamorous actress in an unglamorous role. There was Hillary Swank's reverse drag act in 1999, Julia Robert's white-trash beauty queen in 2000, Halle Berry's inmate's widow in 2001, and Nicole Kidman's Pinocchio act in 2002.

The Talented Mr. Malkovich
May 18, 2004

In the introduction to Home Movies I noted that, given the ascendance of video rental over theater attendance, movies are generally reviewed months before most people will see them. One exception, of course, is movies that aren't reviewed at all, having never been released theatrically. Ripley's Game, which Fine Line Features has put out on video after declining to distribute it to theaters, has not quite suffered this fate: A minor cause célèbre, it has gotten some attention in the press, and even enjoyed a three-night, sold out run in New York earlier this year.

Land That Time Forgot
May 11, 2004

Every now and then, a film comes along that clearly demonstrates how low our expectations for the medium have fallen: Give us a few laughs or thrills and avoid abject stupidities, and we'll probably be happy. Osama, the first film produced in post-Taliban Afghanistan, is a reminder that motion pictures can do more, that at their best they can transport us, with utter conviction, to a time and place far removed from our own. In this case the "time" in question is only a few years ago, before the toppling of the Taliban, but it might as easily be millennia.

Love and War
April 20, 2004

It's an odd claim to make for a film that won the Oscar for cinematography, but at its best Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (released on video this week) is less a visual experience than an aural one. Director Peter Weir opens with aerial shots of a tall ship accompanied by on-screen text--"H.M.S. Surprise ... N. coast Brazil. Admiralty orders: ... 'Intercept French privateer Acheron en route to Pacific.'"--before swiftly shifting to a nighttime  change of watch aboard the vessel.