Monthly Archives: September 2011

‘Moneyball’ and Good and Bad Sports Movies

 What’s the best sports movie? Probably Hoosiers, right? If not Hoosiers, then maybe it’s Bull Durham, or The Natural, or even Chariots of Fire. I like Hoosiers a lot. It probably is the best sports movie ever. But the actual … Continue reading

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Television: Looking Forward (Or Not) to the New Fall Season

I usually don’t watch new television shows, because most of them are terrible, and 90% won’t even make it to a second season. Better to wait for word-of-mouth and stream the first season later. But it is kind of interesting … Continue reading

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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell–Repealed

The military repealed ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ effective 12:00 AM today. I usually try to be pragmatic and evenhanded about these kinds of hot-button issues, but I’ve believed all along that DADT was a travesty. Military personnel have known for … Continue reading

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Nora Ephron, and some Ramblings

I think I’ve had a crush on Nora Ephron since 1989. (Ephron is a writer, responsible for When Harry Met Sally, Heartburn, and Sleepless in Seattle) Or at least Nora Ephron’s wit, or the part of Nora Ephron’s brain which is … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘Contagion’

How do you make something a metaphor?  Or more precisely, a successful metaphor, rather than one which causes peoples’ eyeballs to roll up in derision? I thought Contagion—a thorough, stirring, but realistic look at what a catastrophic 21st-century viral epidemic … Continue reading

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Books: ‘God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe’

             Many Americans may think that conflict between the West and Islam is a 20th or 21st-century phenomenon. Perhaps we associate its beginning with the Munich massacres in 1972, or the Iran hostage crisis in … Continue reading

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Remembering 9-11, From Then to Now

          On September 11, 2001, I was three days into my senior year of college at the University of Michigan. I came home from an early-morning class at around 9:00, took a nap, and got a call … Continue reading

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