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Re: “James Baldwin: Voice of a preacher, heart of a nomad

Thanks for this expansive essay, J.R. Jones. It's terrific to get this much perspective on a vital American life starting from just a movie review. Baldwin is on my reading list for April.

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Posted by Duncan on 02/17/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “A legendary CSO horn player struggles against time

Mandatory retirement at 65 is the answer. No exceptions. These old guys don't mind running an organization into the ground as long as their ego doesn't have to take a hit.

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Posted by Duncan on 12/15/2012 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Best Argument Against the Auteur Approach

Tony Adler has it exactly right: the most astonishing aspect of this Eurotrash spectacle was that the actors permitted themselves to be so completely degraded by the director in service to this ludicrous reinterpretation of Tennessee Williams. I sat there appalled, wondering what had these people done to make Calixto Bieito hate them so much. "What can I make you do?" indeed.

Posted by Duncan on 06/22/2012 at 10:10 AM

Re: “CNC shutting down

Their biweekly contribution to the NYT was something I looked forward to. They came up with material that nobody else had. I was also a fan of James Warren's column.

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Posted by Duncan on 02/17/2012 at 5:47 PM

Re: “The Heartland in Crisis

Maybe it's time for them to close up shop. I don't really understand how a for-profit business can ask for charitable handouts.

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Posted by Duncan on 10/07/2010 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Someone's Always Trying to Tell Them / Something They Already Know / So Their Anger and Resentment Flow

It's true that the Times piece didn't have any particularly fresh data points. The article's value, however, is two-fold: First, it ties all the elements of the saga into one coherent and readable through-line. Second, it re-situates what we have been living as a local story, mainly concerning the dumbing-down of our daily paper, into a national framework, visible to all on the front page of the national newspaper. It's not just a story about a bunch of cretins who didn't understand journalism, as we usually hear it. It's also a national business story about clumsy, short-sighted investors who destroyed a corporate culture, resulting in the opposite of value creation.

Posted by Duncan on 10/06/2010 at 3:55 PM

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