Inside Detroit , Bergmann's Getting GhostBy James Arnett
Despite its recent Academy Award for Best Picture, Slumdog Millionaire is not without its detractors. Critics have called the film overrated, over-hyped, exploitative, lacking in substance, and wholly unrealistic.
A Brief History of ViolenceBy James Arnett
David Neiwert, The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Racialized the American Right (Pollpoint Press)
China SyndromesBy James Arnett
As a precocious child growing up the 1980s, I became unduly interested in nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and espionage. This was probably due to the inundation of media scare stories about Russians and nuclear winter, as well as ABCs frequent showings of old James Bond movies.
Expanding the CircleBy James Arnett
The 2004 Presidential election was an emotional racecertainly the most emotional one that Ive lived through. In the aftermath of the 2000 Florida debacle, September 11th and the invasion of Iraq, there seemed to be a lot on the line.
The Right to a Fair TrialBy James Arnett
Of all the bedrock founding principles of this country, the idea of a fair and truly just judiciary has always held its place as the central underpinning of the American experiment. The judiciary branch provides needed checks and balances on the legislative and executive branches.
Inside the GOP PlaybookBy James Arnett
How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative, chronicles Allen Raymonds decade-long career with the GOP, a path that leads him from the mires of local New Jersey politics to the heights of the 2000 Forbes presidential campaign, and eventually to a stint in federal prison due to his involvement with a phone-jamming operation during the 2002 elections.
Not Just Science FictionBy James Arnett
Recently, my brotherfully aware of my adolescent predilection for science fictionasked me why futuristic tales seemed to be so universally set in some sort of dystopia rather than a utopian society.
Area Man Interviews Humor WriterBy James Arnett
The Onions forthcoming Our Front Pages is one of the rare cases in which one gets exactly what is advertised upon purchase. The book is a massive collection of front pages from the venerable satiric newspaper; while not fully comprehensive, the book includes dozens of memorable front pages from each year of The Onions existence.
Addicted to PolymersBy James Arnett
My review copy of Susan Freinkels forthcoming Plastic: A Toxic Love Story featured a blurb in the biography declaring that Freinkels previous effort, American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree, was a perfect book.
Diamonds in the RoughBy James Arnett
Once in an undergraduate class on American literature, one of my classmates noted that our teaching assistant had referenced The Simpsons during the discussion of nearly every text we had read. The student was not a fan of the show and was somewhat irritated that a prime-time cartoon frequently infringed upon our debates over Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Melville.
Amis and IslamBy James Arnett
Though it has been mostly overlooked in the American press, a firestorm among English literati has recently been brewing over inflammatory comments regarding Muslims that novelist Martin Amis made during an interview with The Times Ginny Dougary.
A Dark ForecastBy James Arnett
Questioning a random person in the street about the current state of the economy will likely elicit some sort of comment on the hemorrhaging mortgage and credit markets; ask the same person for their opinions on how, say, collateralized debt obligations have contributed to this situation, and youll likely be met with a blank stare.
The Great GameBy James Arnett
In the immediate aftermath of September 11, one thing seemed perfectly clear. Whether one was a Republican or a Democrat, a pacifist or a hawk, nearly everyone I knew agreed that some sort of military foray into Afghanistan was the best and most direct method of both eliminating the threat of further terrorism sponsored by al-Qaeda and also meting out some justice and retribution to the perpetrators of the September 11th attacks. Several of my acquaintances volunteered for the service during this period.