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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Exies Carolyn Mark Trapt There are generally two large music “to dos” in Toronto each year. North By Northeast (NXNE), the cousin of South

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Recipe: Live Audioslave With 25% Soundgarden and 75% Rage Against the Machine, hard-rock saviors Audioslave arrived before a sold-out crowd at the Riviera Theatre with high expectations

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We rock critics should have leathery skins and sore throbbing eardrums and calloused typing fingers, and we should accept little in return but the possibility of more great new tunes coming our way.

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Soap used Jodie's sexual liaison with Carol as an opportunity to have his character function as a heterosexual on the level of plot, yet simultaneously maintain his position as the show's sexual other.

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Pandora’s Handbag: Adventures in the Book World by Elizabeth Young

Elizabeth Young is ultimately a book lover's reviewer rather than a conventional industry hack.

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A Plague of Frogs; Unraveling an Environmental Mystery by William Souder

Frogs are supposed to be a 'sentinel species' . . . If frogs are doing badly, we have reason to be anxious.

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film by David Thomson

Both in throwing his bricks and presenting his bouquets, [the author] seems curiously off the mark.

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Layne Staley: Angry Chair by Adriana Rubio

The book is nothing more than one fan's viewpoint on the tortured existence of Staley.

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Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of Catastrophe by James R. Chiles

Disasters rarely happen by accident. Instead, they occur when one link in a long chain of events fails.

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Food and Loathing: A Lament by Betsy Lerner

What we have here is yet another memoir -- excuse me, lament -- on disordered eating suitable for a made-for-TV movie.

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19 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

About Schmidt by Louis Begley

Offers an important meditation on the enduring meanings of age, maturity and experience in a world increasingly devoted to the brevity of youth.

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Day Five / Music: You Down With V.I.P.? by Tobias Peterson and Terry Sawyer -- Day Two of our daily coverage of SXSW 2003 looks at the buzz-worthy film highlights, the Robert Duvall vehicle Assassination Tango and an Australian caper film entitled The Hard Word.

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Day Five / Film: Disconnect by Tobias Peterson and Terry Sawyer -- Day Two of our daily coverage of SXSW 2003 looks at the buzz-worthy film highlights, the Robert Duvall vehicle Assassination Tango and an Australian caper film entitled The Hard Word.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The United States has become so preoccupied with fighting by The Marquis of Queensberry Rules that it has lost the ability to exhibit ruthlessness and elicit fear in times of combat.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

And now Ronald Reagan's former number two's number one son wants to attack Iraq again, this time for oil or to salvage his old man's pride or possibly even to combat terrorism -- the motivation is about as clear as it has been persuasively articulated.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

It is the war of the sated against the famished, the obese against the emaciated, the affluent against the impoverished, the democracies against tyranny, perhaps Christianity against Islam and definitely the West against the Orient.

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The idea of a war against Iraq is an absurdity, a blatant and even slightly comical repudiation of the very idea of the 'just war'.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The idea that America is poised to ride into Iraq on a white charger, spreading democracy like fairy dust, is the popular conservative version of the oncoming war in Iraq.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Once Upon a Time (1944)

On its surface a classic fairytale, it can also be read as commentary on Hollywood's role in wartime America.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Making the Misfits (2001)

There's a cautionary tale in the notion that life sometimes imitates art enough to destroy both, and this piece might have striven harder to assess which is the greater American tragedy.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Joe and Max (2002)

Meditates on the space these celebrity athletes occupied for their respective societies, serving as reluctant folk heroes and symbols for their nations.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Half Past Dead (2002)

Ja is partnered with Steven Seagal, the fading action/martial arts star who not only refuses to go away.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Ciao! Manhattan (1972)

Sedgwick was one of the Tragic Muses, those women who did not so much make things happen as stand still and allow things to happen to them.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Auto Focus (2002)

'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.

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14 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Day Two of our daily coverage of SXSW 2003 looks at the buzz-worthy film highlights, the Robert Duvall vehicle Assassination Tango and an Australian caper film entitled The Hard Word.

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	Various Artists: Bare Essentials 02

Naked Music is starting to make me look bad. I mean, part of your job as a music critic is supposed to be to harsh

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	t.A.T.u.: 200 KM/H in the Wrong Lane

It could be argued (by me, when caffeinated) that the history of “pop culture” is not the history of modern art or music or books

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13 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Redd Kross: Neurotica

Redd Kross has been a favorite of power pop and garage rock lovers for a long time now. Their mixture of Nuggets meets the Ohio

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	The Raveonettes: Whip It On

The Raveonettes are sneaky little devils, aren’t they? How dare these wily Danes cause such a stir with their debut Whip It On, just

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13 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Lyle Lovett: Smile:  Songs from the Movies

In a recent interview with Dan Aquilante of the New York Post Online, Lyle Lovett explained the rationale behind his most recent album, Smile: Songs

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	Jurassic 5: Power in Numbers

Life isn’t fair; sometimes it’s downright wrongheaded. Too often the people who don’t deserve any credit end up walking away with the

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13 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Juliana Theory: Love

To be frank, the Juliana Theory has managed to do properly what many recent bands have tried to do lately: make the transition from “emo”

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13 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

Fischerspooner: #1

It’s been a long time since someone married high art, high fashion, pop culture, and pop music as well as the eclectic pop duo Fischerspooner have done.

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13 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Bronze: The Statue in the Stone

Bronze’s sound is somewhat unusual for 2003, but not at all an unfamiliar one for those who listened to “postmodern”/“alternative” rock radio in the 198

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13 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Karl Blau: Clothes Your I’s

Originally released in 2001, Clothes Your I’s sees somewhat wider distribution with this K Records re-issue. It’s only fitting K should re-release Blau’s

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	The All-American Rejects: self-titled

The All-American Rejects’ self-titled major label debut is in actuality a re-release of their indie label (Doghouse) pressing from October of 2002. The scant five month

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13 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Day Two of our daily coverage of SXSW 2003 looks at the buzz-worthy film highlights, the Robert Duvall vehicle Assassination Tango and an Australian caper film entitled The Hard Word.

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13 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Willard (2003)

Crispin Glover is Willard's best special effect.

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Open Hearts (Elsker Dig For Evigt) (2002)

Distinguishes itself with its fondness for its characters -- hardly a trademark of the Dogme movement.

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13 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Irréversible (2002)

Gaspar Noé's Irréversible comes at you hard.

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13 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (À la folie… pas du tout) (2002)

Audrey Tautou floats through 'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not' in a world of her own, embodying a kind of chill that serves the film well.

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13 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Hunted (2003)

Benicio Del Toro looks appropriately haunted in The Hunted.

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13 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bolivia (2001)

Adrián Caetano uses a lack of financing to his benefit; he keeps his camera on the action, and he keeps the action moving.

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13 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Cody Banks' first assignment is to 'get close' to a popular girl whose scientist father is involved with a nanotechnology-based plot to, like, destroy the world and stuff.

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12 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

“Global” Tour Things did not look promising. As he and his crate-toting handlers barreled through a crowd of people hanging out near the stage of

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12 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Patrick Park never smiled. Patrick Park hardly said a word, but he didn’t need to. There was so much happening in his eyes. Wearing

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12 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Mr. Tambourine Man “The bass / the treble / don’t make the rebel / playing the tambourine does.”

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12 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

“Somebody told me they saw Eric Gaffney today and that he said ‘hi.’ I have a lot of scores to settle, and when I do,

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12 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

A Cat Power record is reminiscent of a Nick Drake record: no matter how bright the sun is shining outside, Chan Marshall’s music has

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12 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Much has been made about Cat Power’s Chan Marshall as a live performer in the same way that much was made about Michael Jordan

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(I)t soon became apparent that the Megsons took a slightly less conventional approach to life.

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What About The Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce by Judith S. Wallerstei

Dr. Spock and others publish child care books. Well, this is a divorce care book.

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The Spirit of Terrorism: And Requiem for the Twin Towers by Jean Baudrillaud

Terrorists are using our own systems against us, and inherent in our systems is paranoia.

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12 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson

I was pleasantly surprised to discover [the book] is really about that nearly missing ingredient in today's world -- responsibility -- and its re-release is timely and significant.

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12 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

There is a certain mystery around femininity that involves china teacups, cigarettes, old-fashioned perfume and a glamorous Sunset Boulevard sort of decay.

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Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood 1910-1969 by William J. Mann

[This book] is essential for anyone interested in Hollywood -- particularly its heretofore unwritten past -- and for gays and lesbians looking to recover some of their history.

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11 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Day Two of our daily coverage of SXSW 2003 looks at the buzz-worthy film highlights, the Robert Duvall vehicle Assassination Tango and an Australian caper film entitled The Hard Word.

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10 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

PopMatters kicks off its daily coverage of South By Southwest 2003 with a look at day one of the film festival, the highlights of which are Ron Mann's latest documentary Go Further and The Revolution Will Not Be Televised documenting the efforts of a revolutionary opposed by powerful forces.

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9 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Almost You: The Songs of Elvis Costello

As an unathletic, bespectacled, bookish type, it was practically fated that I’d become a rabid Elvis Costello fan. Slights against my hero were taken

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9 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Pet Shop Boys: Disco 3

It was only meant as a joke in the first place. The Pet Shop Boys gave their first few releases cute titles, so people would

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9 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Pigface: Easy Listening

The Clash. Nine Inch Nails. Gravity Kills. Sister Machine Gun. Bile. Moby. Revolting Cocks. Red Hot Chili Peppers. Meg Lee Chin. Hate Dept. Public Image

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	New Wet Kojak: This Is the Glamorous

It seems cheap to quote press releases, but sometimes they possess infinite wisdom. In the one accompanying New Wet Kojak’s latest, This Is the

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	Kristin Hersh: The Grotto

Lots of attention has been given to Kristin Hersh the person-leader of Throwing Muses, young mother, hallucinating bipolar teenage songwriter, alt-rock role model—but not

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	DJ You DJ Me: Can You See the Music?

Oh, I had a pan ready for this one. I asked for it because I kind of liked DJ You DJ Me’s track on

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	The Datsuns: self-titled

Yeah, another one of those bands. Do we really need more of this stuff, this revival of raunchy guitar riffs, fuzzed-out solos, and blatant worship

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9 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Delgados: Hate

When Tchaikovsky decided to end the “1812 Overture” with a crescendo of cannons, who knew it would influence followers until today? After all, as good as

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9 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Dent: Farewell

For a band that works hard and gets better over time, the hope is that each new release might be the one to propel them

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8 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Tears of the Sun (2003)

To its credit, Tears of the Sun's action here is somber rather than thrilling; you can root for the SEALs, but the toll on them is visible.

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The Safety of Objects (2003)

For Esther (Glenn Close), Paul's coma makes him safe to love: he'll never leave her, never get in trouble worse than what he's in now.

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Bringing Down the House (2003)

It's like an episode of Bewitched, only longer, and with a feisty black woman instead of a white witch.

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Throwing Muses: self-titled

Hersh fans will have plenty of new material to salivate over. Only time will tell whether Throwing Muses is indeed the final swan song.

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	Various Artists: We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones

One of the hallmarks of the Ramones’ long and storied career was their unquestioned consistency. The leather jackets and jeans, the mop-top ‘dos, and of

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	Various Artists: Respond II

Post 9/11 pronouncements on the death of irony may have been grossly exaggerated. In spite of a scare (because of a scare?), those urbane and always

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	Supergrass: Life on Other Planets

Not the recycled refrain of Oasis. Not the edgy ambition of Radiohead. Not the moody shoe-gaze of Blur. Not the epic glam of Spacehog. Somewhere,

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5 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Pas/Cal: The Handbag Memoirs

The Handbag Memoirs, a six-song EP-sized slice of indiepop fun, comes from a somewhat unlikely source, a Detroit area band named Pas/Cal. While most

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5 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Microphones: Mount Eerie

If you are the kind of person who can’t see the forest through the trees, you are not going to enjoy the Microphones’ latest

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5 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Mark Knopfler: The Ragpicker’s Dream

When Paul Simon penned the classic opening line “the Mississippi Delta is shining like a National guitar”, he captured the essence of his personal journey

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5 Mar 2003 // 10:00 PM

Idlewild: The Remote Part

Idlewild don’t just want to be a good little indie band. They want to be huge, and their latest CD, The Remote Part, is an unabashed attempt at serious mass popularity.

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	Tim Easton: Break Your Mother’s Heart

Tim Easton is the sort of singer-songwriter who, if he is fortunate enough, has a long and hard road ahead of him. Like most alt-country

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	Devendra Banhart: Oh Me Oh My ... The Way the Day Goes by the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Love

He wasn’t, if you believe the press release, really going to release this record at all. The story goes that teenaged Devendra Banhart was

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	Antipop Consortium: Antipop Consortium vs. Matthew Shipp

Antipop Consortium is not just any rap group. Rappers Priest, Beans, and M. Sayyid (only Beans and Priest appear on this album) eschew gansta rap,

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Martha Wainwright has an impressive, even intimidating, pedigree: daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and younger sister of art-pop wunderkind Rufus Wainwright, he

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Just one day after I saw the Ladytron concert, I experienced its antithesis. A jaunt upstate to visit a friend found me sitting in a

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

It was an indie rock fan’s wet dream come to life. A true clash of the titans as cult heroes Daniel Johnston and Calvin

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The use of the term “pop” to refer to carefully constructed, harmony-laden guitar rock in the mode of Cheap Trick has always seemed strange to

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Devendra Banhart Entrance Do you remember the first time you heard the blues? Was it a life-changing experience? I remember the first time I heard

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

I firmly believe that it is better to face a forthright villain than a masquerading saint.

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Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems by Mahmoud Darwish

[Mahmoud Darwish] is a force, undoubtedly the most popular and powerful poet of the Middle East.

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff

The sometime first-person narrator is really just one of dozens of personalities literally shacking up in the head of the protagonist.

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The New Southern Gentleman by Jim Booth

[It] takes the cultural confusion, the anachronism that is the New South and with tongue firmly in cheek, describes the region's dwindling pseudo-aristocratic heritage.

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power by Gerald Posner

Gordy wasn't running a record company; he was running a factory.

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From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey by Pascal Khoo Thwe

He is . . . a skilled writer who infuses a tale of war with warmth, magic and humanity.

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5 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Boy Still Missing by John Searles

This is your quintessential dysfunctional family with intriguing secrets popping up all over the place.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Fred Rogers was in a class all his own.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

I didn't live in Mister Rogers' neighborhood. In fact the South Bronx was far removed from the white-bred and sanitized world where Rogers existed.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

I remember as a toddler being damn near being reduced to tears of relief and exhilaration when Mr. Rogers looked me in the eye and recognized my own inner dramas. Through the course of an episode he gently untied all the psychic knots that get twisted in the mind of a troubled childhood.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Pentagon Papers

Repeatedly underlines, at times subtly and others more plainly, the responsibility of living in a democracy.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Lone Ranger

Put any man, but especially a pretty man-boy, in a stylized cowboy suit and he's bound to come off looking like one of the Village People. And the Lone Ranger does.

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America Undercover: Cannibal: The Real Hannibal Lecters

The most important questions Cannibal never addresses are what she (and presumably we) find so compelling about modern cannibal stories, and how our obsession over these stories is directly tied to contemporary culture.

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3 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Are You Hot? The Search For America’s Sexiest People

Perhaps the problem with Are You Hot? is that it's too simple-minded even for reality TV.

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That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

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"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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