Elliott Abrams holds the remarkable position—second only to Henry Kissinger perhaps—of playing a role in the undermining of democracy in three separate regions: Central America, North America and the Middle East. The fact that he thinks himself qualified to lecture the president on this very topic deserves to put him in the Chutzpah Hall of Fame, as soon as it is founded and built. Read all about it, here.
My Nation column this week is called "The Conservative Class War, Continued."
There’s a video up of my conversation at CAP on Tuesday with its COO, Neera Tanden, here.
Also this: If you’re around, please join The Nation Institute for a public conversation with Eric Alterman, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Stanley Crouch and Tom Edsall in honor of the launch of Eric Alterman’s new book, Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama, on Tuesday, February 8th at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Now take a look at this, and part II, which is actually better, here though as regards Led Zep, he’s wrong, they sued Little Roger and the Goosebumps for their classic recording of Gilligan’s Island to the tune of Stairway, which is shame, because it’s a better song.
I fear that Martin Scorsese is entering a Woody Allen phase. Gangs of New York was one of the worst movies of all time and I had no interest at all in seeing that Shutter Island thing. (Woody’s last movie was the first one I ever skipped seeing in a theater.) The Dylan documentary was great, but seriously, it’s been a while since that “genius” moniker showed up in the work.
If you are unaware as to why people love the guy’s work the way they do, the first movie you need to see is Goodfellas. The second, though many people would probably reverse this order, is Raging Bull, which, if I’m not mistaken, won a film critics poll as the best American movie of the 1970s. (I’d have picked Manhattan, alas. And while I’m starting an argument, for the 80s I’d pick Diner. For the 90s, Groundhog Day. I have to think about the 00s.) But anyway, the thing is out now in a bootiful new bluray edition, and you can find out a lot about what’s on it, and why it’s so great, here.
Its main selling points, aside from the terrific transfer and the corrected ratio for those of us who have seen it many times already are:
Three commentaries: Director Martin Scorsese and Editor Thelma Schooonmaker, cast and crew, storytellers
Four new featurettes: Marty & Bobby; Raging Bull: Reflections on a Classic; Remembering Jake; Marty on Fockers
Cathy Moriarty on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, March 27, 1981