Month: December 2020

The Movie You Want Versus the Movie You Have for 12/31/2020

It is the job of the film critic to sniff at new movies. And so, it was expected that reviewers would drag “Wonder Woman 1984” onto the operating table.

With other movies at other times, I might welcome their take on cinematography, character development and narrative drive. But with the fun pretty much wrung out of our current existence, I’m fine with a piece of distraction brimming with heroics and uncomplicated villainy.

Most critics, it seemed, wanted this tale based on the comic-book Amazon to be a different movie.

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Op-Ed: Thomas Jefferson wrote America’s magic words, but he didn’t believe their most expansive meaning

Thomas Jefferson sits atop Mt. Rushmore primarily because he wrote the magic words of American history: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The words are magical because their meaning has expanded over the years to become the creedal statement of the liberal tradition in the United States, gathering under its broadening canopy African Americans, all racial minorities, women, gays and lesbians.

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Opinion: How contact tracing with librarians showed me the best of team science

My COVID-19 anxiety dream starts off innocently. I’m talking with Dr. Fauci and of course we are wearing masks. Then I accidentally trip him and he tumbles, mask falling off, all hell breaking loose in some vague, infectious, dystopian way like Alice down the rabbit hole. I believe the dream is a metaphor for our epic collective failure in responding to the pandemic.

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