Sunday, January 11, 2009

The NYT Discovers Get Carter, & Bono's First Editorial

The New York Times has been on a roll lately. Last week they published a review of Get Carter 38 years late and just today I discovered our very own Bono's debut editorial for the august paper of record. First Get Carter...
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Nearly 40 years after its initial release the New York Times has finally realised that there's a pretty good movie out there called Get Carter (though this Copernican discovery is only made in a blog posting.)The Grey Lady is not the quickest to catch on to cultural trends but I suppose its better late than never. Get Carter is, of course, a cultural icon in the UK and always makes the top ten in lists of Britain's greatest movies. Roger Ebert was one of the few critics who appreciated Get Carter back in 1971. In his review he notes the superlative direction, the grittiness of the story, Caine's great acting but above all the film's wonderful sense of style. Here's a typical scene. Enjoy...
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Paul Hewson aka as "Bono" has joined the New York Times editorial page. This is how his first article begins: (BTW I'm not being satirical this is really it)

Once upon a couple of weeks ago ...I’m in a crush in a Dublin pub around New Year’s. Glasses clinking clicking, clashing crashing in Gaelic revelry: swinging doors, sweethearts falling in and out of the season’s blessings, family feuds subsumed or resumed. Malt joy and ginger despair are all in the queue to be served on this, the quarter-of-a-millennium mark since Arthur Guinness first put velvety blackness in a pint glass.

It goes on like that for 800 words. Move over Mr. McCourt there's a new professional Irishman in town. The NYT has this on page 1 today and there's even a link where you can hear Bono reading the column out loud. I haven't listened to it yet because I will be hearing a loop of it for all eternity in the iPod Satan gives me in hell.