Read — 2014/12/15
Today’s selection of articles includes:
- “Abe win fails to boost Japan’s Nikkei” (BBC News). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secures another four years in a snap election.
- “The 10 best books of 2014“, by the editors of The New York Times Book Review (NY Times).
- “A brief history of kissing in the movies“, by A.O. Scott (NY Times). Fun read, with topical reference to Frank O’Hara’s poem “Ave Maria“.
Point-counterpoint debating this year’s big winner at the European Film Awards, “Ida”:
- “‘Ida’: a film masterpiece“, by David Denby (The New Yorker).
- “The distasteful vagueness of ‘Ida’“, by Richard Brody (The New Yorker).
The same two critics square off in picking the best films of 2014:
- “The ten best movies of 2014“, by David Denby (The New Yorker).
- “The best movies of 2014“, by Richard Brody (The New Yorker).