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A Musical Question On a Thursday Evening

It is: Can “Stairway to Heaven” ever be rescued from the “overplayed on classic rock radio for two full decades” musical purgatory in which it currently resides? While you’re considering this weighty question: Previously noted on Whatever: This,… Read More

From the Whatever Archives: “Holden Caulfield in Middle Age”

On the occasion of J.D. Salinger’s passing, I find it appropriate to exhume from the Secret Whatever Archives this essay, entitled “Holden Caulfield in Middle Age” (also available in Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, which you should… Read More

J.D. Salinger Dead

At age 91. Somewhere Holden Caulfield is pretending he doesn’t care. I was not a fan (although that’s not the same as saying I didn’t think he wrote well), but I know some of you were. So my… Read More

State of the Union 2010

One word: Eh. More words: It was a bit weird; the rhythm was herky-jerky and the audience didn’t seem to know if it wanted to applaud or not in places, and basically the whole thing felt like school… Read More

The Big Idea: Sara Miles

Where is the story of the world being told? It might be in the place you least expect: far away from news cameras and press releases. Sara Miles finds her work in those margins — she is the… Read More

It Is a Good Day To Die!

Over at AMC this week: The pros and cons of being killed by various science fiction film aliens. You’d think it’s all con (because no matter what, you’re dead), but some deaths are more humiliating than others. Read… Read More