STTNG – A Matter of Time (Review)

Ah yes, the idiot plot episode! Officially it’s known as A Matter of Time, and it involves the bridge crew acting like complete chumps for the duration of a hugely implausible mission in which they fight anti-global warming with a few keystrokes. This should really rank down there with The Outrageous Okona. The only reason…

Kumare (Review)

I saw (most of) Kumare today. It’s a 2011 documentary about an Indian-American who resents his strict Hindu upbringing, because he thinks it’s bullshit, and so is kind of exasperated that so many Americans seem to take Indian yoga gurus so seriously. A trip to India convinces him that native Indian gurus are just as…

Star Wars no es Una

In the mid-1990s, one of those deep-dial networks – I wanna say it was USA? – used to play the Star Wars Trilogy (back then that’s all there was) one per night around holidays. I believe it was around Christmas, but it might’ve been Thanksgiving or even both. My roomates and I and other people…

Love Like Monkeys (Review)

To judge by some – OK one – of her essays, romance, and feeling alienated from it, is something of a theme with Jess Zimmerman. To judge by the story of hers I just read – Love Like Monkeys – it might even be her version of that thing that a lot of good artists…

Separate as a Pattern

Here’s another one of those situations that comes up often enough at work that it seems like it should be a recognized pattern. But then when I try to think how to really generalize it, I come up empty-handed, so I suppose that’s why it isn’t. Feels like a pattern; might not be general enough…

Bond out of Time

Roger Moore recently died. It’s bad form to speak ill of the recent dead (unless they’re genuine monsters, of course), so I should stress that none of this is an attack on Roger Moore’s character. But I really didn’t like him as James Bond. The movies he was in, with one notable exception (1981’s For…

Manchester – So Little to Answer For

Since there’s been another one of these attacks, some disconnected thoughts. As usual, the vigils and candles and outpourings of public grief and professions of solidarity with muslims are just embarassing. We know this kind of reaction changes nothing. If you really want these kinds of attacks to stop, or even lessen in frequency, you’re…

Trespassing in an Alternate World

Sometimes the more interesting essays are the ones that you feel don’t get it quite right – the ones that have an intriguing premise but ultimately don’t pan out. That’s because these are the essays that help you step outside your worldview and think a bit in real time. An essay that’s dead wrong is…

Questions for Arnold Kling(‘s new book)

Arnold Kling recently released a revised version of his most talked-about book: Three Languages of Politics. I think I will buy the revised edition. I think I will buy it because while I’ve read about the model it presents on various blogs, and while that model seems useful to me, I have a number of…

Deathtrap (Review)

Deathtrap is the kind of movie you should see only once. That’s because it’s fun only once. It’s one of the better – certainly not the best – exemplar of a peculiar genre of stage-play-made-movie popular in the 1970s and first half of the 1980s. I don’t know if there’s a name for this genre,…