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‘America’s Medicis’: The Rockefellers’ Love of Art and Its Impact on American Culture

America’s Medicis explains how the Rockefellers nurtured world-class museums, art collections, plazas, and stunning works of architecture around the country.

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‘The English Is Coming!’ A Different Form of Global Domination

Robots! Bikinis! Language definitely influences society and culture; here is a glimpse into certain English terms that have made their mark on the world.

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‘The Elephant’s Journey’ Carries the Reader Along on this Shared Endeavor

Saramago's trickery emphasizes an obvious, but often neglected, point about literature: words create reality rather than merely transcribe it.

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Dusty Pixels and Patchwork Stories

Aging technology, the difficulty of cataloging games, and the ease of digital revision complicates our grasp of video game history and our ability to critically evaluate the present.

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Masters of the Universe: Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street’

In his desire to trump his upper crust "superiors", Gekko's personal ethic could be read as a perverted, ultimately hypocritical form of populist revolt.

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‘A Culture of Improvement’  Is an Impressive Account of Technology and Technological Change

Friedel is a master weaver and his ability to bring together so many historical strands is truly impressive. He pays attention to the lesser-known tinkerers and tweakers as much as to the more famous inventors, making this book a fine example of bottom-up history.

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‘The Great Fire of Rome’ Or, The Fall of the American Idol Emperor

Stephen Dando-Collins has written an entertaining but flawed account of Nero, the Emperor more interested in his singing career than with ruling the world.

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Can You Imagine Standing in Line Just for a Newspaper?

'Suddenly and with little warning: STRIKE!' So began a 17-day newspaper delivery strike that prevented newspapers from getting to newsstands and doorsteps, as immortalised in the 1945 short, 17 Days: The Story of Newspaper History in the Making.

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‘Visions of New York City’ Is a Breezy, Celebratory Visual Travelogue—Join the Tour, Here

New York was already the largest American city by 1820, and although it wasn't the birthplace of the skyscraper, it would quickly boast the densest concentration of such buildings in the world.

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The Crusades: A Mammoth Study of the Clash Between the Armies of Europe and the Middle East

Thomas Asbridge gives a comprehensive look at 200 years of military, political, and religious maneuvering in the crucible of the Holy Land.

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Uncertainty: A Meditation on Choice in New York City

Uncertainty may not be deeply profound, but McGhee and Siegel, and their lead actors, use the film to explore the power of chance and choice in a subtle and emotionally compelling way.

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D-Sisive - “Ray Charles (Looking for a Star)” feat. King Reign

This week, Canadian-bred emcee D-Sisive let loose of his latest single, “Ray Charles (Looking for a Star”, which features a fantastic closing verse from King

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The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

A history of 'being white' that shows how race is a social construction rather than a biological identity.

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Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch

This book is a welcome tonic, carefully researched historical medicine, for an age prone to irrational and paranoid thinking.

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18 Mar 2010 // 7:10 AM

Re: Reading Chronic City

A second take on the most recent novel by Jonathan Lethem, which was named a New York Times Best Book for 2009.

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Power and Contestation: India since 1989 by Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam

Nigam and Menon remind us of the rich history non violent protest has had in subaltern India, and that the recourse to violence is a measure of desperation rather than entitlement.

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Garry Wills’ new book says Congress and the courts have become immaterial

It’s time we revised our eighth-grade social studies textbooks. America has no presidency any longer, but a monarchy. Absurd? Historian Garry Wills says it

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Chicago: A Biography by Dominic Pacyga

The story of Chicago is an epic one, full of many acts of ingenuity, wonder, greed, and tragedy; all the best and worst characteristics of humanity on a grand scale.

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Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow

In this book, E. L. Doctorow is like a great magician trying to make a monumental illusion out of a street corner shell game, just to prove that he can.

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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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20 Questions: L'Anarchiste

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"To say that L'Anarchiste is one of the best bands to emerge out of Salt Lake City makes for an awfully reductive statement, as their Sufjan-inspired brand of soulful folk-rock needs to be heard to be believed.

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