Based on the few scattered memories of the young Clinton in print, it seems he has been compulsively
overactive, has been hurrying, all his life: He and his mother report that, as a child, he got a D in conduct for talking too much and not giving the other children a chance to answer the teacher's questions; he says, "I could never keep my mouth shut"; a high-school friend recalls that "it was hard for him to relax really, and just take it easy"; while at Oxford, he wrote to a friend that aside from the "unavoidable" library work, he was "continuously on the move"; he later recalled that he spent his first two weeks at Oxford walking 14 hours a day.
Somewhere during ``Auto Focus' '' orgy of swinging '60s attitude gone amok, any other director might have depicted someone palpably, as opposed to just compulsively
, enjoying themselves.
In fact it's the trivia that best displays Eno's keen descriptive powers (at a children's party he's startled by an "astonishingly greedy little boy who hardly played but compulsively
sat determinedly jamming food into his mouth").
From the opening shot, in which she compulsively
dusts her spotless Tunis apartment then wriggles a few smooth moves to a song on the radio, Lilia's complex personality comes out in action.
Ruscha and Rooney's art hovered, during the '60s and '70s, at the edge of a textual abyss, for the urban environments they depicted were quite consciously perceived both as an emptiness (the photographs are devoid of people and the cities, inhabitants seem to have gone away) at the heart of art, but also as something compulsively
fascinating and radiant.
There's a dotty old woman who compulsively
draws calligraphy dictated from beyond the realm of the living.
To what else can you attribute that unique sense of naturalness, the standard against which the world of differences is compulsively
Here's a perfect companion to ``Positively 4th Street,'' David Hajdu's compulsively
readable cultural history of the '60s folk renaissance.
Her standard "A to Z" products are forever solving problems, but compulsively
so, and are reformist to a fault.
The Robert De Niro-starring ``15 Minutes'' charts the misadventures of two murderous, Eastern European immigrants who, addled by the intense media saturation that greets them in New York, compulsively
videotape their violent crimes in hopes of achieving both Warholian notoriety and securing insanity alibis if they're caught.
But in the end the work is too inchoate to be convincing, and one concludes that it suffers most from a fatal artiness that compulsively
celebrates incoherence and incompletion.
Somewhat paradoxically, that comes from Minahan's ability to thoroughly imitate the manipulative style tabloid TV employs to fabricate staged reality into something that, if not really worth watching, is compulsively