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	dZihan & Kamien: Gran Riserva

Move over, K&D—here come D&K. It’s the easiest thing in the world to compare up-and-coming Viennese downtempo duo dZihan

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	Ron Carter / Jimmy Cobb / George Coleman / Mike Stern: 4 Generations of Miles

It’s doubtful that Miles Davis would have had much interest in 4 Generations of Miles, retracing as it does the music of the jazz icon’

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	David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

For a music fan, it’s no easy task to choose just one album you’d never part with, but, for me, The Rise and

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28 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Ampbuzz: This Is My Ampbuzz

It’s almost too obvious to point out that the objective of most music is to be listened to. But Brain Eno—if not the

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28 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes

I’ve always thought of Little Earthquakes as the closest thing you can get to pure emotion distilled onto a CD.

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28 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

The NBA is becoming less insular, resembling much more closely the face of international soccer for the ease with which players cross national boundaries to play for 'foreign' nations.

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28 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Miracles

Skeet Ulrich brings to Miracles a combination of weary intensity and ethereal pretty-boy beauty.

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	Various Artists: My Very Last Breath: The Emo Diaries, Chapter 8

Ah, emo. Once held aloft as the savior of disaffected teens everywhere, now shunned as the style of music that brought us Saves the Day

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26 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	ScoLoHoFo: Oh!

This cumbersomely titled Blue Note release is a cause for celebration. It marks the recording reunion of John Scofield and Joe Lovano, who, when last

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	Martin Rev: self-titled

There were lots of good reasons why 2002 was the perfect year for ROIR to reissue the 1980 solo debut by Suicide’s Martin Rev. It was

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	Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes

That Charlie Parker was one of the greatest jazz musicians who ever lived cannot be disputed. Whether he was the architect of bebop music or

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26 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Salif Keita: Moffou

This story is almost too sad for words. Before Salif Keita was born, a mystic predicted that he would be as important as his famous

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26 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Patricia Kaas: Piano Bar

If you do happen to remember Nick the Lounge Singer, you’ll recall that he was one of Bill Murray’s best-loved and most enduring

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	Lily Holbrook: Running From the Sky

Lily Holbrook is no stranger to performing. After getting her start busking in Boston’s subway stations and on street corners, she honed her craft

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26 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Funky Porcini: Fast Asleep

I’m sure I’m not the only one who earmarks CDs for the change in seasons. When I lived in a state that was

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26 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Doro: Fight

If you grew up with metal music back in the mid-‘80s, you sure as heck know who Doro Pesch is. Around 1986, there were very

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26 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: The Bridge

Critics and codgers continue to debate the merits of revisionist jazz historicism, a near-endless cycle that only exacerbates the valuation of classic reissues over original

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26 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Calexico: Feast of Wire

If you’re at all familiar with The Sadies’ excellent 2002 album Stories Often Told, and then give Calexico’s latest CD a spin, you can’

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Hungarian Music

When most people think of Hungarian music, they think of candle-lit cafés, chicken paprikas and cabbage rolls, pálinka (fruit brandy usually of plums)

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23 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Bill Withers: Still Bill

Why don’t more people remember Bill Withers? Here’s a guy who had one of the most distinctive voices of the ‘70s and, with “

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23 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Mans Wieslander: Yet

For some reason, I always hold a special place in my heart for those artists whom I discovered entirely by chance. These are usually CD’

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23 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Shania Twain: Up!

Although Shania Twain came out of country music, her last two records have had plenty of pop (and little banjo and pedal steel) and the

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23 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Santana: The Essential Santana

Springing from the tail end of the psychedelic rock scene in San Francisco during the late ‘60s, Santana has invented itself several times over and

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	Robert McCoy: Bye Bye Baby

This is a specially interesting CD as well as recommendably of the highest musical quality. Peter Silvester’s A Left Hand like God is in

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	Herbie Hancock: Future 2 Future Live [DVD]

Herbie Hancock has always been looking at the future. Like his former employer, Miles Davis, Hancock is always looking for ways to add the latest

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23 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	GZA/Genius: Legend of the Liquid Sword

When The Wu-Tang Clan released their now infamous debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993, it’s hard to believe they could have foreseen the extent

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	EL-P: Fandam Plus: Instrumentals, Remixes, Lyrics & Video

El-P’s Definitive Jux label has made some serious headway over the past year, gaining enough momentum to inflate it from fledgling dream to full-blown

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	The Derek Trucks Band: Joyful Noise

It’s hard to believe that guitar whiz Derek Trucks is a mere 23 years old. After all, he and his band have four albums under

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	Richard Ashcroft: Human Conditions

Put on a Richard Ashcroft record, and suddenly, everything changes. The room you’re sitting in will be gilded in a dusky glow, no matter

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Maurice Gibb, as a part of the Bee Gees, had a significant hand in writing some of the most popular and well-known songs of all time.

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23 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

(T)he legacy of 'An American Family' serves as an important reminder of television's untapped potential to move us, to open our eyes, and to see the world beyond our backyard.

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23 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

To End All Wars (2001)

Explores separate and collective struggles to survive, the prisoners' strengths and weaknesses.

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23 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Siddhartha (1972)

Justine contends with lascivious lesbians, foppish fags, and bombastic bullies at every turn.

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Shoeshine (Sciuscià) (1946)

Focuses on the disintegration of a friendship between two Italian youths who fall victim to the state's juvenile detention system.

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Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (2002)

Even though Sam Phillips recorded many black artists, there are hardly any, aside from Thomas, to be found in the film.

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23 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Darkness Falls (2003)

Sets a new bar for lack of logic.

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City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)

A longtime director of commercials, Meirelles is a consummate showman. Therein lies the problem.

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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

His redemption, Barris abruptly realizes, can come only in detailed recollection, specifically, in his decision to confess his many sins.

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22 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Ukrainians: Respublika

The Wedding Present were the big British indie band of the late ‘80s, apparently, but I have never heard any of their records. That’s

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22 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

Joni Mitchell: Travelogue

Joni Mitchell is unquestionably one of the finest popular songwriters of the last half-century, and takes her rightful place with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and a handful of others as a highly incisive observer of her generation’s struggles and triumphs.

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22 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Valentine by Lucius Shepard

Shepard doesn't embarrass himself with the steamy stuff here.

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22 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken by Terry Teachout

Mencken the newspaper columnist was stirring the pot of American culture.

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The Life and Death of the Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate

Life is so unusual in this wilderness we call the universe that we might as well think of it as unique.

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Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles B. Cross

He desired nothing more than to be a rock star.

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22 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Hex by Carol Rumens

Prayer is both necessary as a palliative, and impossible as a luxury, an indulgence implicitly no longer available to us.

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The Founding Fish by John McPhee

So, how did a worrisome lot of silver-white fish save a nation?"

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22 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Country of Cold: Stories of Sex and Death by Kevin Patterson

Those in urban centers often presume their superiority, their greater stake in humanity and value.

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21 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Peter Wolf: Sleepless

Remember the J. Geils Band? In 1981, the rhythm and blues group went pop with the monster anthem “Centerfold”. And as if the mere idea of

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	Uncle Kracker: No Stranger to Shame

Uncle Kracker is a difficult artist to categorize; he’s had rock and rap hits with Kid Rock, played with the pop fuelled Sugar Ray,

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21 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Erik Truffaz: Mantis

After being party to one of the most inventive re-mix albums ever made (Revisite), Truffaz and his band now deliver their first studio album for

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21 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Pele: Enemies

For music fans there is no activity, no moment, and no memory that does not have its own soundtrack. Cleaning the apartment, going on a

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21 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Phish: Round Room

It’s almost pathetic how major labels have chosen a path towards self-destruction by relying on the alchemy of marketing majors over talent. While the

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	Robert Palmer: Best of Both Worlds: The Robert Palmer Anthology (1974-2001)

When Robert Palmer dropped out of pop culture’s radar, it was easy to remember his three big, slick, and somewhat disposable mainstream rock hits

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21 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Jaheim: Still Ghetto

The New Jersey native known simply as Jaheim (b. Jaheim Hoagland) is a true throwback to old school R&B. He’s a living,

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21 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Kristian Hoffman: &

In the glory years of Broadway, the “great white way” was the only game in town. Big-time musicals once attracted the very best in songwriting

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	Stella Chiweshe: Talking Mbira

Talking Mbira will very likely end up as one of my top five records this year. It is gutsy and tuneful and smart, and beauty

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21 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

Black Sabbath: Past Lives

Together, the two discs compliment each other well in an odd and circular way. Both are representative of what Sabbath was in the ‘70s; if they weren’t on, they were off and on the verge of destruction.

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ABBA: The Definitive Collection [DVD]

Yes, I am an unabashed ABBA fan for the simple reason that the time and effort put into the composition, arrangement, and recording of these

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	Various Muppets: The Muppet Show: Music Mayhem & More (The 25th Anniversary Collection)

Yes, that’s right. In addition to playing the music and lighting the lights, it’s also time to put on make-up and dress up

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Stevie Wonder: Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection

It’s a long-overdue retrospective of one of the most influential artists in pop music history.

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19 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez: Let’s Leave This Town

Chip Taylor (born John Wesley Voight) will of course never be as famous as his Midnight Cowboy-starring older sibling Jon Voight. However, Taylor’s artistry

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	3 Doors Down: Away From the Sun

A little story: Once upon a time, you’re a struggling rock act in some weary old town where no one listens to anything not

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19 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Starclock: self-titled

So here’s my pick for under-the-radar album of the year: the fantastically strange, way out-there-yet-incessantly-catchy-and-accessible self-titled debut from Nashville’s Starclock. Starclock is the

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	Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees

If any band is worthy of the “best of” or “greatest hits” packages that have become so prevalent in the past few years it has

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19 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Emitt Rhodes: self-titled

I owe this to Wes Anderson. After the final credits rolled on the director’s The Royal Tenenbaums, I rushed from the theatre to the

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19 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Joe Pernice: Big Tobacco

In my bleakest hours, there are some records I’ll always turn to. Quietly wretched and tuneful, they don’t bother me with quick tempos

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	Lord Sterling: Weapon of Truth

What do you get when you mix “traditional blues progressions” and “Black Flag-esque dissonance”? Apparently you get some rather standard hard rock. The latest entry

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19 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	David Bowie: Best of Bowie

Is there anyone who would begrudge the Thin White Duke a two-disc greatest hits collection? I think not. Love him or hate him, it’s

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Sous Les Toits de Paris (1930)

René Clair combined music and sound effects in addition to minimal dialogue, with a moving camera in order to involve the eye as well as the ear.

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17 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Street of No Return (1989)

Fuller never gave a bad interview, remaining throughout his career grandiose, garrulous, and gung-ho about moviemaking.

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17 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Invaders From Mars (1953)

We don't know what's out there, but we're pretty sure it isn't up to any good.

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	Various Artists: Freedom: Songs from the Heart of America

For a small yet impassioned group of audiophiles, Harry Smith’s Anthology of Folk Music represents the Rosetta Stone of any music claiming the title “

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Tinariwen: The Radio Tisdas Sessions

This debut album by Tinariwen, also known as the Tuareg Rebel Blues Band, can seem the antithesis of Western pop music, even that generated by the engines currently driving the world music markets.

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	Sixpence None the Richer: Divine Discontent

Sixpence None the Richer’s new album, Divine Discontent is 13 songs of pure pop genius. A big call, I know, but every song on the

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16 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Silos: Cuba

Remember 1987? It doesn’t seem so long ago, not until people start celebrating the 15th anniversary of things that happened that year. Not until you

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	System of a Down: Steal This Album!

Released in 2001, System of a Down’s sophomore album Toxicity was an important one, bearing three vital characteristics that popular music was sorely lacking: it

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16 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	King Kooba: Indian Summer

If hip-hop has taught the world anything, it’s that an old sound or sample can be either a thrill-ride or a dull copy. Whether

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	Joan of Arse: Distant Hearts, A Little Closer

Imagine putting several centuries of bloody history—dead kings, ruthless mutinies, prison riots, famine, cannibalism, rape—and encasing them in the fragile shell of a

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	Dave Holland Big Band: What Goes Around

This album marks a major event in the jazz world: bassist/composer Dave Holland decides to lead a big-band project for the first time. Okay,

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16 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Roddy Frame: Surf

These days, it’s relatively easy for performers to hide behind studio gimmickry—weak voices and guitars get double-tracked, with boosts of reverb and electronic

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	Edition Terranova: Hitchhiking Nonstop with No Particular Destination

Okay, will somebody please tell me what the fuck the name of this band is? The album cover says Terranova, but the press release says

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16 Jan 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Coral: self-titled

It takes balls to begin an album as pompously as The Coral begin their eponymous debut. The opening bars of country wrangle swagger into a

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16 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Mister Sterling

Presiding over this commotion is the series' preternaturally cool hero, the highly principled and motorcycle-riding Bill Sterling (Josh Brolin).

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16 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Joe Millionaire

Joe Millionaire is intent on satisfying the backlash lust of women-hating men.

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16 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Abby

Abby's writers have an opportunity to develop more fully one character, and give a black woman a star turn.

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16 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Son (Le Fils) (2003)

Unfailingly disciplined, the Dardennes resist glib payoffs and easy answers.

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16 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

National Security (2003)

Endeavors to complicate the standard black-white buddy dynamic.

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16 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Kangaroo Jack (2003)

Most often cast as sidekicks, Anthony Anderson has shown repeatedly that he can perform rings around supposed stars.

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16 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Hours (2002)

The women are also functions of a coherent narrative, made comprehensible as embodiments of historical patterns.

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16 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

A Guy Thing (2003)

A movie of this sort depends on a relentless illogic.

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16 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

El Crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)

In El Crimen del Padre Amaro, the Catholic Church and its representatives are not immune from earthly corruption and desire.

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15 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

In Afrikaner alternative music and poetry, Johannes Kerkorrel was like the Bob Dylan of white South Africa . . .

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15 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

When the Women Come Out to Dance by Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard manages to entertain us and make us think.

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The Undercut Reader: Critical Writings on Artists’ Film and Video by Edited by Nina Damino and Micha

the world unfolding inside it is always interesting and sometimes fascinating.

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15 Jan 2003 // 1:00 AM

Sandy Koufax:  A Lefty’s Legacy by Jane Leavy

The glory and thrill of this pivotal game against the backdrop of a troubled country.

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Prince of Lost Places by Kathy Hepinstall

Hepinstall's writing comes inflated by high praise.

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Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell has gone ... silently and irretrievably mad"

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Advertising Annual 2002 and New Talent Design Annual 2002 by B. Martin Pedersen, Editor

From an intellectual property standpoint, creativity is seen more and more as a force of constant innovation.

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G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire  by Katherine Frank

Precious little has been said about the individuals who drive this industry: the customers.

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The Eagle’s Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World by Mark Hertsgaard

He's missing a hell of a lot because the water is rushing around him faster than he can drink.

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