Category Archives: Criticism

Patriot Games

If you haven’t seen Amazon’s new series Patriot, you’re missing out. Seriously. The slow-burning dark comedy about an intelligence agent posing as an engineer in Milwaukee to prevent a nuclear Iran involves confessional neo-folk, Brazilian jiu jitsu and rock paper … Continue reading

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Macheche Bar

Like the “Bar Tab” feature from “The New Yorker,” but in Tanzanian dives In the dirt lot that is the Njombe bus stand, through the rows of idling buses bound for Iringa and Songea and Mbeya, behind ever-shifting stacks of drink crates being … Continue reading

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Masterful Work

Remember a little bit ago when I posted the trailer to Master of None and speculated wildly about how good it would be? Well damn, it’s fantastic. After seeing the first half of Season One, I’m absolutely hooked. I can’t … Continue reading

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Sludgemunks

Someone had the genius idea to slow down some Alvin and the Chipmunks records to 16 RPM and put them online. I love the Internet, seriously—who comes up with this stuff? Despite a ton of “acclaim,” a lot of the … Continue reading

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Master of None

Aziz Ansari having his own show on Netflix is awesome. I’m a big fan of his work and excited to see where he goes with Master of None. And I’m really hoping it’ll be a big step forward for him. We’ve … Continue reading

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Flesh Without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream

A synth sound spirals in at the start, the muted guitars building under long, open vowel croons, with a kaleidoscope of claps and knocks rising now around it all, breaking open with a whip-crack: the surfy guitars strumming a familiar progression over thumping, wide drums and those vocals—those vocals … Continue reading

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Beasts of No Nation

This post contains major spoilers about the film “Beasts of No Nation” The other night, I watched Corey Fukunaga’s highly anticipated new film, Beasts of No Nation. The movie is based on a novel by the same name, written by Uzodinma Iweala, and is … Continue reading

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