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Teaching The Battle of Algiers

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On September 25, 2016
This is a really interesting essay about how the military establishment teaches The Battle of Algiers and how it usually draws poor lessons from it. Since 2003, counterinsurgency training has become an important field of professional military education, with centers and programs springing up at institutions like the US Military academy at West Point, the […]

Show Down at Aspen

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On August 17, 2016
Many years ago, a historian friend showed me a copy of the British documentary “Show Down at Aspen,” on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 campaign for mayor of Aspen. Finally, I have found it online. This is really fantastic and very much worth your time. It’s NSFW, both because of hippie nudity and drug use. The […]

Bridges

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On August 12, 2016

Bilge Ebiri has a good essay on Jeff Bridges’s career. Maybe Bridges absorbed some aspect of this uncertainty, let it grow inside him into a kind of stance against his times. He made a startling

Kiarostami

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On July 5, 2016

Bilge Ebiri’s remembrance of Abbas Kiarostami’s work is well worth your time. These movies identify the filmmaker as a student of behavior. But the repetitiveness also has a cumulative pow

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This is an interesting discussion of how the corporation has become a popular culture villain. But I think it’s a remarkably apolitical way that doesn’t really transfer over to distrust of corporations today. The article focuses primarily on science fiction, going back to Soylent Green, which I just watched for the first time last week […]

Born in Flames

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On April 10, 2016

I don’t want to embed because I don’t want it to somehow be taken down, but you really should watch the 1983 film Born in Flames. Imagine a world 10 years after a Bernie Sanders-style soci

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