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Some Assembly Is Required for Reading ‘Boston Mob’

At times, Mark Songini stretches ideas beyond their breaking point, making the reader reassemble them with Krazy Glue and chicken wire.

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Failure - “Another Space Song” (From My Playlist)

"Another Space Song" from Failure's 1996 release, Fantastic Planet.

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Tomorrow Never Knows: Race and Anxiety in ‘Mad Men’

Like a smartly crafted advertisement, there is more to Mad Men than meets the eye. Amidst the forbidden affairs, heated pitches, and endlessly flowing libations, race relations have risen to prominence during the show's fifth season.

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The Celestial Railroad: Shifting Debates on the Immigrant Experience in ‘Sin Nombre’

Illegal immigration is a hotly contested topic in American society and politics. Sin Nombre opens up important questions about migration that documentaries often ignore: there is no such monolithic category as "the immigrant", and migration is not solely an economic decision.

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Drawn Together: Cornell’s “Demon Knights” and the Ideal of Camelot

In Demon Knights Paul Cornell not only dramatizes the idea of Camelot, but exquisitely reenacts it at one of the oldest comicbook publishers.

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‘Drag Race’: Games, Competition and the Failure Gambit

What can reality television teach us about self-sabotage in gameplay?

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle (40th Anniversary Edition) by George V. Higgins

Higgins’ message, about crime’s futility and the falseness of its glamour as portrayed by Mario Puzo and Francis Coppola, is an important one, and his book more than succeeds in conveying it.

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11 Aug 2009 // 9:59 PM

The Mad Ones by Tom Folsom

This wonderfully recreates the subterranean world of New York in the '60s, when Beatniks, jazz musicians, and existential dropouts began to rub up against the old-school underworld of the city.

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The Shadows of Consumption by by Peter Dauvergne

Dauvergne acknowledges that globalization isn’t just about making life better; it’s about making boatloads of money.

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Tourists of History by Marita Sturken

The idea of education as liberation is a poor one; education might allow a critical perspective on cultural practices, but asserting that ironic frame helps an individual grieve, or mourn, or live a richer and fuller life, is a mistake.

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22 Oct 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Spiritual Brain by Mario Beauregard and Denyse OLeary

As a guide to the war zone from the antimaterialist perspective, it's a valuable read.

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9 Oct 2007 // 5:06 AM

Fifty years ago this fall, in the tiny town of Apalachin, near Binghamton, N.Y., Americans were unexpected guests at the coming-out party for organized

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17 Sep 2007 // 9:32 AM

‘Sopranos’ rocks at the Emmys

At the end of the Emmys Sunday night, after “The Sopranos” won for best drama and the cast and crew were swarming on stage, you

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LOS ANGELES - HBO, the Rolls Royce of television, is experiencing engine trouble. In the past four months, it has lost its most powerful drivers,

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19 Jun 2007 // 2:00 AM

The Sopranos: Series Finale

A priest once explained to Carmela, "God understands that we all live in the middle of tensions." David Chase understands that too.

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15 Jun 2007 // 4:39 AM

NEW YORK—“I have no idea what happened to Tony,” actor James Gandolfini said Thursday night, standing aboard The Highlander, the Forbes family yacht at

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Even if you didn’t watch ‘The Sopranos,’ you knew about it

Sunday night, in a stream of post-finale babble veering dangerously close to rant, my comparison of “The Sopranos” to the serialized fiction of Charles Dickens

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14 Jun 2007 // 3:00 AM

Permit this space a revisiting of “The Sopranos” finale, so far the entertainment event of the year, the series the artistic achievement of the decade,

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12 Jun 2007 // 4:15 AM

Thanks for all the interesting comments on my Sopranos post from yesterday.  I just wanted to add info about an interesting article I saw

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11 Jun 2007 // 4:52 AM

‘Sopranos’ doesn’t end - it just stops

NEW YORK - After all the hype and expectations about Sunday night’s final episode of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” the mob drama series didn’

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