The Combat Zone is more than simply a captivating exposition of legal proceedings and adjacent matters. It is an incisive, vivid, jarring, and meticulous account of — as the subtitle says — “murder, race, and Boston’s struggle for justice.”
“I always wanted to write about abolition, because abolition is the most successful social movement in American history.”
Viewers are drawn into an active, immersive experience watching the series. They come away with the feeling that poetry is in them.
“By cultivating our capacity for empathetic critical inquiry, Greek myths caution us against entertainers, pundits, politicians, and journalists who are trying to inflame our anger and fear.”
Albert Speer, Hitler’s pet architect and the vaunted “glamour boy of the Third Reich, would have hated Vanessa Lapa’s unblinking and unforgiving documentary, which is the best recommendation I can give it.
“Concord was actually surprisingly representative of Massachusetts, New England, and maybe even the North in the 19th century. In learning about Concord, you learn about the making of modern America.”
Making Monsters “is a wake-up call. We need to seriously address the phenomenon of dehumanization if we are to have any hope of constraining it when things get really difficult.”
“I’m hoping people will revisit Otto Preminger’s movies because he made some of the best films ever made in America.”
Jane Ira Bloom responded to her pandemic isolation with a CD of duets with bassist Mark Helias and a CD of duets with drummer Allison Miller. These two sessions are unique projects in her discography and beautiful testaments to her ingenuity.
I spoke with Jane Ira Bloom on September 21, 2021 via Zoom. This transcript has been edited for space and ellipses have been omitted for readability. Some paraphrases and details are added for clarity.