Archive for December, 2011
Taken from the album 21, which was released on 24 January this year, Someone Like You has been described by Adele as the summation of her attitude towards the heartbreak of a relationship gone wrong: “Nevermind, I’ll find someone like you / I wish nothing but the best for you, too / Don’t forget me, I beg / I’ll remember you said / Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.” Sean Fennessey of The Village Voice wrote that Adele’s “nuanced” voice ascends “into a near-shrieked whisper” before she “rebounds and gathers herself” before descending into a more melancholy state. The maturity of the lyrics is extraordinary, the singing is sublime.Tweet
Some of the best commentary on Europe and the euro this year has come from the keyboard of Walter Russell Mead. This week’s column is titled Europe Is Still Hip Deep In The Bad Stuff and here’s the money quote: “But if Europe dodged the charge of an angry bear last month, it is still […]
Another delightful item in the book-filled Rainy Day Christmas stocking was The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. In short: The Sisters Brothers are a pair of fraternal contract killers roaming the 1850s American West. Charlie Sisters is shrewd and remorseless; Eli Sisters is less psychopathic and more philosophical, but cross him and he’ll blow your […]
People of Ireland, listen up: when s is added to a word simply to make it a plural, no apostrophe is used (except in expressions where letters or numerals are treated like words, like “mind your p’s and q’s” and “learn your ABC’s”). Got that?
One of the nicest presents in the Rainy Day stocking was Other People’s Money by Justin Cartwright. It’s very much a novel of and for our times. The influence of Gatsby cannot be overstated, but Other People’s Money is not a clone of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Rather, it is a meditation on morality in the time […]
That’s what Christmas is. It’s also a time when feelings fluctuate between “happiness and madness”, which is where Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, says her music is located. Her latest album, Strange Mercy, was released in September and here’s the standout single, Cruel. So, let’s gather around the Yuletide fire and enjoy this untraditional carol.
Charles and Ray Eames made their famous lounge chair as a gift for their friend Billy Wilder, the director of Some Like It Hot and Sunset Blvd. After years of development, the chair was brought to the market in 1956 by the Herman Miller furniture company and the result is design and corporate history. Two […]