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Dear Earth: Happy 400th Birthday! Love, Groupon.

Dear Earth: Happy 400th Birthday! Love, Groupon.

Ah, Earth Day: an opportunity for the country's worst polluters to rise, phoenix-like, from puddles of industrial effluent and recreate themselves as environmentalists. An opportunity for America's retailers to shamelessly hijack the words "eco-friendly" and "sustainable" and repurpose them to quicken the pulse of fetishistic shoppers. An opportunity for a free canvas shopping bag with every purchase! I was hardly surprised when Groupon sent me an email proffering Earth
by × April 20, 2012 × 1 comment

Culture, Reviews

Review: The Whale

Review: The Whale

arrived at the theater a little early. There were good seats left at the front, and the crowd – an older, calmer population than I am used to – was chatting and milling about contentedly. I expected this to be …

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Culture, Reviews

Review: Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

Review: Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

Big Boys Gone Bananas!* documents the year-long battle between film director Fredrik Gertten and the crushing public relations and legal force of Dole Food Company.

“If you have mighty enemies, then you need many friends,” said Gertten when introduced to …

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Review: The Last Mountain

Review: The Last Mountain

The Last Mountain, Bill Haney’s piercing new documentary about coal mining in the Appalachians, features enough explosions to make Michael Bay blush. In shot after shot, violent plumes of rubble erupt skyward from the side of denuded mountains, leaving …

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The final 'dream' scene in Eating Alabama

Review: Eating Alabama

shaggy haired man perches in a little wooden shack, camouflaged head to toe, arms cradling a rifle and eyes watching for deer. Trepidatiously, he loads a shell and while his voiceover announces unassumingly, “I’ve never done this before.” And so …

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Culture, Poetry

Other Creatures: A Poetic Tribute

Other Creatures: A Poetic Tribute

Have you ever been asked, “If you could be any animal in the world, which animal would you be?” This is a tribute to all of the animals that never get chosen.
by × April 12, 2012 × 0 comments