D.H. Lawrence’s observation that “the essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer,” that “it has never yet melted,” has always been obvious to everybody but Americans. Like all predators, we see ourselves, not as hunters, but as the hunted. In reality, we’ve always been both. For an Iraqi, a Vietnamese, or a […]

Boots Riley, a musician and communist activist, has gotten into film making at a late age, and it shows. Unlike the Cohen brothers, for example, who can say anything they want but haven’t quite figured out what they want to say, Riley knows exactly what he wants to say, but doesn’t quite have the cinematic […]

The Last Jedi is not so much a film as it is an act of cultural necrophilia. The Star Wars franchise was played out while I was still in high school. Return of the Jedi was not only a bad movie. It was essentially a reboot of A New Hope, which, back then, wasn’t even […]

The American Dream

Even I impress myself sometimes with the amount of groceries I can carry on my back.

Last Wednesday, as I was sitting in my house waiting for the great Spring blizzard that never came, I began to notice reports about a gunman who had barricaded himself inside the Panera Bread on Route 27, right across the street from Princeton University. Here it goes again, I thought to myself, dreading not only […]

The closest thing I’ve ever seen to a fascist country was the United States of America  between 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. The classic Marxist dictum that everything happens twice, once as tragedy, once as farce, still holds. George W. Bush may have been a buffoon, just like Donald Trump, but the people around him, the […]

I have little or no interest in superhero movies. Nevertheless, there are  times, The Dark Knight Rises after the Aurora Colorado shootings, Wonder Woman after Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump,  when I almost feel as if it’s my civic duty to see the latest offering from Marvel or DC Comics. After Black Panther grossed […]