B.M.D.'s Picks

The Distance Between Rhetoric and Actions

You keep waiting for that person for whom you voted to emerge, but then you start to realize that he's not, that he's just not.

He's done the math, and he's figured out the safest path.

The Year in Music: 2008

This year, I hardly downloaded any music from iTunes at all. Life, you know. I could just never find the time or the energy to explore iTunes like I had in years previous. I love music more than just about everything else, so I’m deeply saddened about all of the songs that I never got to hear. Hopefully, in 2009 I’ll be able get onto iTunes on a more regular basis.

Tatsuya Nakadai

Tatsuya Nakadai is one of my favorite actors. He starred in Ran, one of my favorite movies, which was directed by Akira Kurosawa, one of my favorite directors. Film Forum is showing a bunch of Nakadai films, and The New York Times has published an article all about it.

It’s Not You, It’s Your Books

I don't understand people, mostly. The few who I do understand tend to be those who read a lot, way more than probably is healthy.

Hometown Reading This Friday

If my reading's a disaster, hopefully he can save the evening for us both with some hot guitar playing.

Party Unfaithful: The Republican Implosion

Rove, the President’s chief political adviser—the “architect,” Bush has called him, of his 2004 victory over John Kerry—has been a man of constant troubles: Valerie Plame troubles, U.S. Attorney-firing troubles, and, most of all, collapse-of-the-Republican Party troubles.

At the Drive-In Volcano

My favorite Aimee memory: It’s 2000, late November.

The Interloper

Great news. Antoine Wilson, a guy that I got to be buddies with while we were both living in Wisconsin, has just had his first book come out.

The Right to Remain Silent

Silence is about the only right the Guantanamo prisoners have left.

U.S. Asks Court to Limit Lawyers at Guantánamo

The Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to impose tighter restrictions on the hundreds of lawyers who represent detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and the request has become a central issue in a new legal battle over the administration’s detention policies.
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