Author Archives: Glynn Marshes

Absolute Perfection

Glynn Marshes writes: Let’s be quite clear about this: I do not like my Martini mucked about with; I guess, in exactly the same way that Dad did not want ice or lemon peel in his Gin and French. Traditional … Continue reading

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Fear Factor

Glynn Marshes writes: I find this heartening. In an op-ed on France for the LA Times, Pascal Bruckner cites fear as one of the most significant factor’s in that country’s unsettling decline. For the French have become afraid of everything: … Continue reading

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Glynn Marshes writes: n. A tattoo that looks like you let one of your teenage girlfriends write on you with a pen.

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“Consumerism…cannot make sense of art.”

Glynn Marshes writes: Meanwhile, over at Metro, Eleanor Catton’s been thinking about elitism, literary criticism, and consumerism. And yes, she’s standing atop the capital-L Literature bulwark, and yes, she’s wringing her hands — difficult to avoid when you’re an elitist … Continue reading

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Oh, My

Glynn Marshes writes: IT’S WELL KNOWN AMONG THE SMALL WORLD of people who pay attention to such things that the liberal-leaning reporters at The Wall Street Journal resent the conservative-leaning editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. What’s less well … Continue reading

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Pop Culture Stat o’ the Day

Glynn Marshes writes: As of this minute, Miley Cyrus official (Vevo) Youtube video for her song “Wrecking Ball:” 1,977,185 “likes” — but – 965,637 “dislikes” Awful lot of hatin’ for a song that charted as well as that one did.

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“I want to dismantle the sediment”

Glynn Marshes writes: A marvelous malapropism, buried like a bloggy easter egg in an article that . . . … calls on science fiction writers to join the revolution: sci fi novels are way too gender binary, yo. I want … Continue reading

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Three 21st Century Songs About War

Glynn Marshes writes: That is to say, post 9-11. These are no Country Joe McDonald call-to-action polemics. On the contrary, here we have reflectiveness; meditations on the reasons for and cost of war; personal narrative. All come from the indie … Continue reading

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gimme some sugar…y politics?

Glynn Marshes writes: In 1660, when it was a luxury associated with social privilege, England consumed a thousand hogsheads of sugar. [By 1717] that figure had . . . increased a hundredfold while the per capita annual consumption of sugar … Continue reading

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And the Colour! And the Jolly Quiet of the Place!

Glynn Marshes writes: A compilation of Victorian era cartoons about painters, by Charles Keene, cartoonist for Punch. (My post headline comes the fourth cartoon’s caption, which depicts an artist protesting to his companion that the scene he’s painting isn’t dull. … Continue reading

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