The Twilight Sad: Why’d They Do It?

The Twilight Sad, my favorite band, has just released a new video for “Another Bed,” a song off their splendid new album, No One Can Ever Know. The video depicts a creepy guy rearranging dead bodies to photograph them. It’s the the kind of thing that drives culture-war conservatives nuts. You can just hear Bill … Continued

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Watch the First Kiss Ever Filmed–Huffington Post Paul McCartney Yesterday and Today–Rolling Stone Sex, Lies, Memoirs: The Cost of Writing Tell-All Books–Atlantic Reese Witherspoon on Domestic Violence & Rihanna–WaPo Get Ready for MTV’s Sex Advice Show–The Wrap Black & White & Red All Over the Red Carpet–WSJ Wearing Red Makes You Sexy, Dumb & Repellant–Jezebel … Continued

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Happy Birthday to the Man in Black

Johnny Cash would have been eighty years old on Sunday if he hadn’t have left this world nine years ago to join his wife, June Carter Cash, in the next. To celebrate his birthday, B. B. King’s, a legendary New York City blues club in the heart of Times Square, hosted a Johnny Cash tribute … Continued

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The Ten Most Gripping Films of All Time–Andrew Klavan The Liberal Hubbub Over Act of Valor—Power Line Why The Artist Is the Perfect Movie for the Times–Huff Po The Artist Substitutes Style for Substance–Atlantic Why Are We So Obsessed with Celebrities?–Time Why One Mother Hates the Berenstain Bears—Slate The Good, Bad, Ugly of Oscar Gowns–Jezebel

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The Artist and the Virtue of Silence

When I set out to see The Artist, newly anointed as the best picture of the year, a month or two ago at New York City’s famed Paris Theatre near Central Park South, I was of two minds about the film. First, I was skeptical. A silent movie described by various media outlets as a “love letter … Continued

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The best from around the web regarding Hollywood’s biggest night–Oscars! The Dress of the Night (& Other Glam Pics)–LA Times The Film of the Night: The Artist—THR Oscars Celebrates Film History & Relevance of Cinema–WSJ God and Family Make Appearance at the Oscars–AP A Complete List of Winners and Losers–E! Slideshow: Academy Awards Winners–NYT The … Continued

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Is Divorce Only for the Rich?

That’s the question that this Huffington Post op-ed by Judith Acosta begs: Since 2008, most of us have been walking budgetary tightropes — cutting a piece off of this, snipping some off of that. For a significant percentage, it’s been a steady slide into fiscal chaos, foreclosures, and fear. . . . Inevitably, a change … Continued

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Oscar de le Renta’s Next Big Act–WSJ The Rise of Counter Counter-Cultural Comedy–PJ Media Valor is a Pro-American War Film–NY Post Teens Ask Internet/YouTube, “Am I Ugly?”–Jezebel J.K Rowling’s Next Book, a Crime Novel?–Guardian Twitter Cofounder Says Spending Hours Tweeting “Unhealthy”–THR Lent & the Benefits of Self-Control, Self-Denial–Time Damaging Message of Chris Brown/Rihanna Collaboration–Daily Beast

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Thor, Loki, Fate, and Freedom

There is a correlation between freedom and virtue. As independent moral agents, human beings are free to choose to do the good. This, in turn, increases our freedom. It’s a theme explored in theology, politics, art, and culture. But what if the freedom to choose is taken away from us by fate? That is the … Continued

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Romance Novels and What Women Want–The Awl Sacha Baron Cohen Banned From the Oscars–Deadline “When you can’t create you can work“–Henry Miller via Brain Pickings Are Men Settling for Mrs. Good Enough?–The Daily Beast The Frightening Rihanna-Chris Brown Collaboration–The Atlantic  Did National Enquirer Cross a Line?–Washington Post Pop Singer Ava Aston Is a Conservative in a Lib Industry–PJM

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