Read — 2014/12/15

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Abe win fails to boost Japan’s Nikkei” (BBC News). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secures another four years in a snap election.
  2. The 10 best books of 2014“, by the editors of The New York Times Book Review (NY Times).
  3. 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”:

  1. ‘Ida’: a film masterpiece“, by David Denby (The New Yorker).
  2. The distasteful vagueness of ‘Ida’“, by Richard Brody (The New Yorker).

The same two critics square off in picking the best films of 2014:

  1. The ten best movies of 2014“, by David Denby (The New Yorker).
  2. The best movies of 2014“, by Richard Brody (The New Yorker).
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