The Malcontent

The Malcontent: Rebranding Reality TV

I am alternately horrified and enthralled by the impending downfall of Western Civilization, a process I occasionally like to prod along in some small, but I hope, ultimately meaningful, way. In various print columns I have both decried the commercialization of Christmas, and urged the indiscriminate bombing of one or more Balkan nations by our

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The Malcontent: The Audacity of Hope and the Persistence of Fear

Last night’s dramatic hat trick by Hillary Clinton does not bode well for Obama, or for America at large. Oh sure, if the democratic process is allowed to work its magic without interference from the Clinton political machine, Obama should still secure the nomination. Super Tuesday, the Sequel did not damage Obama’s chance at victory

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The Malcontent: Peter Keough – Abortions for Everyone

For some time now, a friend and I have noted and discussed the bizarre gender hang-ups and skewed sense of misogyny in Phoenix movie critic Peter Keough’s reviews. This past week, he truly outdid himself in his Oscar predictions roundup, decrying rampant misogyny throughout the list of potential Best Actress nominees, and finding nary a

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The Malcontent Presents: The Year in Movies as I Imagine It Might Have Happened

When Eric asked me to compile a list of my top five movies of 2007, I thought long and hard about it—if by “long,” you mean “the amount of time it takes me to make a sandwich,” and by “hard,” you mean “just enough so as not to distract me from sandwich-making.” As I spend

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The Malcontent: You’re Doin’ a Heckuva Job, Rhody

Now that we’ve all settled in to weather the storm, made it through the traffic, and thawed out the starving, urine-soaked children, it’s time to reflect on the way Rhode Islanders reacted with characteristic aplomb and grace under fire to a winter storm that, while unusual in its speed and intensity, is not entirely outside

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