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Blogcritics Editors’ Picks: June 14 through June 20

I know you can't take your laptop to the beach with you, but before you leave for an afternoon of sun and sand, stop here and catch up on everything you need to know. We've got politics, movie and TV news and reviews, all the latest on music past and present, plenty of sports, and everything else you can think of. Oh, and if you're wondering what books to pack for that beach day, what better place to get some recommendations than BC's Books section? 

Let me remind those of you who are chosen that you are invited to submit your own pick for next week (due to space considerations, please limit it to one). Please feel free to email me your picks (including the URL) by next Tuesday.


From Music Editor Connie Phillips:

In DVD Reviews: The Who-Tommy Live and Quadrophenia Live, Glen Boyd takes a real good look at both the DVDs, comparing and contrasting the performances as well as the quality of the footage. He is able to give a bit of a history lesson on The Who as well.

Rebecca Wright looks at DVD Review: Neil Young: Heart of Gold from every angle…including camera angles. In an entertaining way she also gives a peek at the history behind the making of the DVD as well as the contents.

A nod to Gordon Hauptfleisch's Vinyl Tap: Television – Marquee Moon. In his weekly column, Gordon listens to and wanes on about the glory of Vinyl and the music contained on it. This week's edition is a special treat.

Aaron Fleming takes the reader on a journey with CD Review: John Petrucci – Suspended Animation. Beautifully written as well as informative.

From Editor Gordon Hauptfleisch:

“Ignoring taste and popularity, I just listen to stuff I like or find interesting,” says Chromatius in A Look At The Swamp Fox, the “dark, bluesy, swampy and great” Tony Joe White. Not gone, but forgotten by too many whose hazy recollections don’t go much past his Gator-got-your-Granny days, Chromatius gives us a welcome refresher course. “It's like… law."


From Books Editor Natalie Bennett:

Branching away from reviews this week were two excellent, if very different, posts.

Warren Kelly was inspired by a bookshop's scheme, imagining that if the next big "collectable were writer cards, what the schoolyard must-have might look like: "I've got a Stephen King MS card. I'll trade it to you for your Holly Lisle cover card."

Mayank 'Austen' Singh was moved to anger by a dreadful error from Time Magazine's India correspondent. Midnight's Children and A Suitable Boy might both be from the sub-continent, both feature a suggestion of under-18s in their titles, but they have little else in common. Yet they've apparently been mixed up in a story about Bombay.

From Editor Gordon Hauptfleisch:

Dan Traeger draws upon his expertise and articulation to fully convey what makes
Where's It At Sugar Kat? The Thin Of The Land so compelling to him: “The story succeeds on many levels, just like any good cartoon that we enjoyed when we were kids.” Dan not only deftly details the multi-layered approach, he cites my favorite from wayback-machine days, Bullwinkle and Rocky (it ain't just fan mail from some flounder).

From Blogcritic Howard Dratch:

I did not want to suggest an editor's article.  It might seem I was currying favor (very different from flavoring curry on Desicritics). However, I nominate Natalie Bennett's review of Female Suicide Bombers by Rosemarie Skaine. First, because it is so well written and thought out. Second, because it is not merely timely but insightfully so. There are more than enough "suicide bombers" these days (I  prefer "homicide bombers" since they want one suicide and many murders) but looking into their demographics more deeply including the place of women as murderers, zealots, and mass murderers has not been done much. Obviously it is time. Third, it is a useful review that gives information, the reviewer's points of view and a reasoned description of where the book shines (or doesn't).


From TV Editor Jackie:

Diane Kristine hit home for me with her article Pop Culture Is Brain Food — As an admitted television and pop culture observer, I found it very intriguing. And, now, I can say TV made me a smart woman, yes it did!


From Culture Editor Diana Hartman:

David Flanagan addresses many issues in the ongoing fray between the ideas of mothers working in the home and outside the home in Linda Hirshman's Narrow Definition of "Work".

From Executive Producer Eric Berlin:

Yes, I know, everyone loves The Duke. But for great reason, nay, reasons, I contend! I'll say no more, just read his latest whimsical/phantastical/wankalogical Pop Cult Mind Wax column and you'll see what everyone's on about.


From Politics Editor Dave Nalle:

Election 2008: Gentlemen and Ladies, Start your Engines by Mark Schannon
A detailed introduction to the 2008 election with some interesting insights.

From Asst. Politics Editor Mark Schannon:

I've been bad this week, not spending enough time reading the posts, but the one I was most impressed with was Diana Hartman's The New American Dream, which is a passionate yet rational appeal for people to understand what the military goes through in situations such as Iraq and to stop making snap judgments every time the media highlights a civilian death.


From Sports Editor Matthew T. Sussman:

Media Off Base on Woods at U.S. Open by Zach Baker
The "Instant Z-Play" gets another A+ in his look at sports journalists expecting — nay, practically willing — Tiger Woods to a victory at the U.S. Open after his father's death, when it's the golfers who dictate the outcome, not the writers. (Tiger didn't even make the cut.)

Australia Falls to Brazil 0-2, But the Socceroos Should Celebrate by Natalie Bennett
To understate and paraphrase our managing bookworm: Australian soccer? Used to be kinda bad.


From Gaming Editor Ken Edwards:

PS2 Review: Pump It Up: Exceed by Aaron Auzins
It's just like DDR, but not.

Mac Game Review: Call Of Duty 2 by Cameron Graham
So what if it came out in October for PC, it is still worth the purchase if you have a Mac (that can run it).


No picks this week due to a vacationing section editor!

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