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The Best American Non-Required Reading 2009 ed. Dave Eggers

In this collection, the tirelessly unconventional Dave Eggers collects a year's worth of American writing that ostensibly is a far cry from what we deem "the classics".

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10 Mar 2010 // 10:00 PM

Josh Rouse: El Turista

More postcards from a sunny exile. Far from the blue glow of melancholy, Rouse's music aims for glorious golden moments.

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The Devil Gets His Due: The Uncollected Essays of Leslie Fiedler. Ed. Samuele F.S. Pardini

Whatever the subject at hand, nearly every page of this collection evinces Fiedler’s intelligence, erudition, panache, and combativeness.

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The Story About the Story: Great Writers Explore Great Literature edited by J.C. Hallman

J.C. Hallman writes about what he calls a “kind of personal literary analysis, criticism that contemplates rather than analyzes” that inspired him to compile these works by writers from Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence to Susan Sontag and Milan Kundera.

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I Drink for a Reason by David Cross

What's unfortunate is that Cross' thoughtful, considered standup routines do not prepare you for the wildly uneven, remarkably slapdash effort that is this book, a hit-or-miss collection of jokes from someone whom we expect better.

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Forget McCloud (or Maybe Not, Baudrillard)

Scott McCloud's text does not make any concessions to doubters. It gives people permission to start from the presumption that comics are 'real' art, as well as 'real' literature.

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Running Away by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Toussaint dives deep into how we stretch ourselves thin between places in our attempt to be with one another.

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India Exposed: The Subcontinent A-Z by Clive Limpkin

British photojournalist Clive Limpkin has a unique view of modern India in 100 illustrated essays from "Army" to "Zebu".

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29 Oct 2009 // 9:59 PM

Crime, Delirium, and Paris

In the second installment of his overseas correspondence, the Rockist gets robbed. And this time, not by an American corporation.

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The ‘Ol Crotchety One Kicks It Transatlantic Style

PopMatters sends its weekly culture columnist abroad, with hopefully a one-way ticket.

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Looking for the Lost: Memoirs of a Vanishing Japan

With its narrow streets and dark and hidden infoldings, there’s a distinctly feminine, mysterious, and inexplicably magnetic aspect to Japan that exists in few other places in the world.

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Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life by Michael Greenberg

Greenberg's New York lives and breathes (and sometimes stinks) like a larger than life hero.

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Art Portraiture and Photography in Six Feet Under

An examination of Claire's portraiture in Six Feet Under.

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25 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

Hella Nation by Evan Wright

Wright’s gift is his ability to trace a story through time and weave together a piece that is chilling in both subtlety and revelation.

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19 May 2009 // 9:59 PM

Reality TV by Susan Murray, Laurie Ouellette

Those who fail to meet the American dream or moral code, whether it’s remodeling the house, winning the contest, or getting the man, are authors of their own demise.

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For an artistic medium that focuses heavily on mimicking real life activities, video games still have a few activities that they still seem to struggle

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In Cod We Trust & Magic Bus

Where else in the world can one find a town called Hell, a German U-Boat-turned-bowling alley, and Vinmonopolet, government-run wine and liquor stores?

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Radio Silence by Nathan Nedorostek & Anthony Pappalardo

A communal spirit shines throughout, with snaps of bands looking 'ordinary' for publicity shots and doing gigs directly in front of their audience, not looming down from a stage.

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Dispatches from the Religious Left by Frederick Clarkson (ed)

Losing the religious element in the discussions limits the power of this practical introduction to the affairs of the Religious Left.

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Skins & Punks by Gavin Watson

There’s a sense of probity that accompanies the photo taken in 1989 after Watson and his friends take ecstasy and go to their first rave.

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Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee as Green Day and Others Also Speak Out at Global Citizen Festival

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"The 2017 Global Citizen Festival's message for social action was amplified by Stevie Wonder and many other incredible performers and notable guests.

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