Taking in the Garbage

Best news of the week: the incomparable RightWingTrash.com WILL CONTINUE! Don’t feel bad if you don’t know about it. I only learned of its existence about a month and a half ago – via Todd Seavey‘s excellent (but now somewhat emasculated) blog. And so it was with much massiveness of chagrin that I realized that…

Better than it should have been

Bounty isn’t one of series one’s high points, but it’s interesting that it’s nowhere near as bad as it probably should’ve been. Even if I hadn’t read the story on the internets, I would’ve had my suspicions. Bounty, it seems, is a bastard child filler episode. Terry Nation apparenty turned in a script that was…

Libertarian Commentary: you’re doing it wrong

I’ve read a number of opinions on the Sotomayer nomination over the last couple of days, and so far Will Wilkinson’s is the least useful. It wants to make two points – either of which could’ve been expanded into something informative with even a modicum of research, but neither of which is. The first is…

Buffy Without Joss (is no great loss?)

Apparently there’s talk in Tinseltown of redoing Buffy without Joss. io9 has the scoop AND (*gasp*) even cautiously approves. I was cocking my gun when I got to the bit about it being the original 1992 movie and NOT the TV show they were talking about. That’s good. That’s very good. I’m a rabid fan…

Missing the Point on the Prop 8 Ruling

My attention occupied by the Sotomayer nomination, I’ve neglected to post anything on the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Proposition 8 – so a couple of quick words. First, whatever you think about gay marriage, the ruling is clearly a victory for the rule of law. The function of courts is to interpret the…

She said it alright – but does it matter?

Let’s get one thing straight: Sonia Sotomayer said what she said, and she meant it how it sounds. Here’s what she said: Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am not so sure Justice O’Connor is…

Eddie Willers isn’t someone I want to be

Being only a semi-regular Will Wilkinson reader, I missed this bit when it aired: By the way, Atlas buffs, the point of Atlas Shrugged is not that you are John Galt. The point is that you are not John Galt. The point is that you are, at your best, Eddie Willers. You’re smart, hardworking, productive,…

There and Back Again: how a good movie became great

This weekend I saw the bookends of Steven Soderbergh’s career: 1989’s sex lies and videotape and this year’s The Girlfriend Experience. I wonder how long it will take mainstream critics who didn’t happen to see them back-to-back to notice how similar they are? sex lies and videotape – the senstaional indie hit of 1989 –…

No Apologies: a half-hearted defense of Babylon 5

Having just rewatched season one of Babylon 5, it was a bit of serendipity to come across this excellent essay on the show by Abigail Nussbaum, Israeli computer scientist and (hobbyist?) genre literary critic. Like Nussbaum, I have a complicated history with Babylon 5. I missed (didn’t even know about) the pilot when it aired…

Sometimes what you don’t see ain’t there

Adam Roberts’ review of True Blood Season One is correct in much of what it says, but it so spectacularly misses the point about the central theme of the show that I’m kind of awestruck. This is worth mentioning because I think Mr. Roberts’ misunderstanding is the result of a cultural blindspot that is underdiscussed.…