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Thursday, March 1 2012

Exceptional Claims: Principle, Personality and Christopher Hitchens

The late Christopher Hitchens helped define the character and popular perception of Atheism for this generation. But for the self-styled contrarian, where did principle end and personality begin?


Monday, August 29 2011

Your Brain in the Voting Booth

President Obama may not be everything people’s brains deceived them into thinking he was, but he’s who he said he would be all along.


Wednesday, April 7 2010

Bulletproof Salesman

The filmmakers seem to deliberately avoided asking hard questions; resulting in a film which often seems like an infomercial and which will no doubt bring this arms-dealing firm some additional business.


Monday, March 29 2010

The Ticking is the Bomb by Nick Flynn

Flynn’s obsessive nature may force his locomotive mind off the rails, but he dutifully and beautifully records what’s illuminated by the sparks.


Sunday, February 14 2010

Point Omega by Don DeLillo

Entirely too long at 117 pages, Don DeLillo’s latest novel was inspired by an installation at the Museum of Modern Art in 2006 called 24 Hour Psycho.


Thursday, December 17 2009

Best Actor: Ben Foster Delivers in ‘The Messenger’

This year's best independent film happens to contain three of the year's finest performances. The unlikely trio of Samantha Morton, Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster shine in this war-themed drama.


Thursday, March 19 2009

The Gamble by Thomas E. Ricks

By the time Ricks brings his narrative to a close, he has solidly proved his point, namely that in the most basic reckoning, the surge can be said to have worked.


Tuesday, January 27 2009

Layers of graffiti on walls tell history of Iraq war


Thursday, October 16 2008

POV: Soldiers of Conscience

Soldiers' moral struggles tend to remain invisible, like the situations that drive them. Soldiers of Conscience shows the dilemmas and the costs of war.


Thursday, August 14 2008

Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

This superb small novel isn’t about war or politics at all, but about, in the face of guilt and horror, choosing whether to die and how, if that is the choice, to live.


Last One In by Nicholas Kulish (Reviews) [28.Aug.07]
No End in Sight (2007) (Reviews) [27.Jul.07]
Shadow Company (2006) (Reviews) [19.Jul.07]
Iraq in Fragments (2006) (Reviews) [30.Nov.06]
The Dreams of Sparrows (2004) (Reviews) [28.Jul.05]
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