Jesse Walker

Can We Abide the Death Penalty Any Longer?


No Messing With Death by Jesse Walker The typical conservative is well informed about the careless errors routinely made by the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Service, and city hall. If he’s a policy wonk, he may have bookmarked the Office of Management and Budget’s online list of federal programs that manage to issue […]

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Empire for Art’s Sake


Nozone IX: Empire Edited by Nicholas Blechman (Princeton Architectural Press, 168 pages, $19.95) Quick: Can you link Kevin Bacon to Osama bin Laden? The artist Jennifer Daniel pulls it off on page 110 of Empire, the book-length ninth issue of Nozone, an irregular journal of politically themed comics. Daniel’s six-degree chain includes both Eddie Albert […]

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Switch and Bait


In review: Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon — The Case Against Celebrity by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner (John Wiley & Sons, 394 pages, $27.95) TITILLATION GOES DOWN BETTER when you can claim you’re actually bettering yourself by wading in the muck. In the days when independent producers evaded censorship by showing exploitation movies […]

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Humble Folks Without Temptation


South Park launched its eighth season this week with an episode that parodied Japanese anime, mocked the crackdown on “indecency,” and showed a kid getting a ninja throwing star stuck in his eye. At this point, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s cartoon is almost as old as its boy protagonists, but it hasn’t lost its […]

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