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Best albums 2016

If 2015 was the year of Black Lives Matter, then 2016 was the year Black Lives Matters mattered, since the meaning of the movement—recognizing that conditioned racism not only still existed, but continued to have a deadly impact—was borne out … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Jan. 1, 2017

Happy new year. Here’s this week’s Media Mix, the usual year-end roundup. Due to space issues I didn’t mention one major player this year that deserves all the notoriety it received: Dentsu. I have nothing really to add to the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Dec. 25, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the recent summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin. As mentioned in the column, the Japanese media mostly approached the meeting as a show without explaining the reality behind the … Continue reading

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Best movies 2016

As everyone has already noted many times, it was a pretty terrible year all around. As far as movies go, it’s difficult to tell if it was any worse or any better than average. Since I didn’t see as many … Continue reading

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December 2016 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the December issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last month. Warm on a Cold Night -Honne (Atlantic/Warner) Eric Benet (Victor) Blood Orange deserves all the accolades he’s received for … Continue reading

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December 2016 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the December issue of EL Magazine, which was ditributed in Tokyo last week. A Bigger Splash The emotional frenzy wrought by Italian director Luca Guadagnino in his first English-language film helps to … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 27, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the quixotic movement to cancel the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The downside of the Games that is mainly discussed in the column has to do with the cost and, to a lesser extent, the virulent … Continue reading

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