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So, Taylor Swift, How Far Do You Wanna Go?

Taylor Swift’s Fearless tour in Kansas City saw her go so far as to perform a mid-song hug-a-thon with her audience -- rather like a presidential candidate working the crowd -- except, as my brother said, “I went to a John Kerry rally, and he didn’t hug anybody.”

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An Evening Chat with the Morning Benders

Upon the release of the critically-acclaimed Big Echo, Christopher Chu from the Morning Benders talks about cuisine recommendations, possible corporate conspiracy theories and brotherly love.

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7 May 2010 // 4:55 AM

‘Let It Be’ Remembered - Forty Years On

We can see more clearly today how Let It Be stands at a particular crossroads in popular music, valiantly trying to oppose the homogenizing trend in musical taste that was just about to set in as the Beatles sought to return to an earlier authentic style.

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Google Image Search: A Map of America

Do a Google Image search on virtually any American subject and you’ll get a whole lot of superheroes and villains.

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Pal, You Better Follow the Story or You’re Cooked, Says Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney says, "The reason I hate the whole bad apple thing is because it allows us as human beings to completely disengage, to say, 'I'd never do anything bad, because I'm good.'"

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Thomas Balmès Lingers Over His Babies With All the Dedication of a New Parent

"In 90 minutes," says Thomas Balmès, "you cannot give a clear understanding on almost any subject. If you are doing so, most of the time you’re going be simplifying it. Raising questions, I think, that is a big achievement."

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2010 Summer Movie Preview - August

We round out our summer preview with the August releases, a rather dim bunch unfortunately. Will Edgar Wright save us from summer movie hell with the new Michael Cera vehicle?

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Like a Revelation: Interacting with ‘Blood on the Tracks’

Blood on the Tracks can be viewed as an early example of the potential for a record to be a piece of interactive media.

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Every One of Them Words Rang True: The Defiance of Time in “Tangled Up in Blue”

The Bob Dylan who emerged from seclusion after a 1966 motorcycle crash was even more of an enigma than the one who had vanished.

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Comics: It’s Such a Big Small World

One of the key differences between Stumptown and Comic-Con is that the bigger gathering is the fans' party, while the smaller event is the creators' shindig.

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Does the Suit Make the Iron Man, or Vice-versa?

Tony Stark has a big personality that far outsizes his Iron Man 2 suit of armor, but sometimes our movie men are "made" by their suits.

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Nice Job Kid: Fathers and Sons, Technology and Tomorrow in ‘Iron Man 2’

Threatened to be consumed by a world not ready for technological evolution, Tony Stark wrestles with the ghost of his father, and escapes self-destructive narcissism.

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2010 Summer Movie Preview - July

In July, Christopher Nolan unleashes his eagerly awaited new film Inception, M. Night Shyamalan returns with The Last Airbender and Adrien Brody stars in a Predator remake.

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Listening to Our Parents Talking: ‘Blood on the Tracks’ and the End of Dylan’s Pastoral Fantasy

For all of Dylan's old world mythology, Blood on the Tracks sounds like a familiar account of marriage breakdown in the era of our parents.

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An Ugly Album Cover at a Career and Cultural Crossroads

The Blood on the Tracks album cover is torpor masquerading as cool and a photograph disguised as a painting.

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Submarines and Androids: The Comfort Movie Phenomenon

Is there a certain film that, if you come across it flipping channels randomly, you feel compelled to watch yet again? Even though you've seen it 34,000 times? Even if it's on the Spanish-language station and you don't speak Spanish?

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Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’: Outgrowing the Grown-Up Album

A mature, self-indulgent album can make or break a career, drawing the line between over-indulgence and critical re-discovery.

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2010 Summer Movie Preview - June

After May's gangbusters' start, June settles down with The A-Team, Toy Story 3, and more Twilight.

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Barbara Ehrenreich and the Brahmin Fantastic

In Barbara Ehrenreich's Bait and Switch, she experiences an exclusive corporate culture in America that is disturbingly similar to India's privileged genetic intelligentsia; also know as the caste system.

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Virginia Is for French Film Lovers

The 18th Annual French Film Festival, running from 25-28 March, included presentations by 40 visiting French filmmakers and movies about a range of subjects -- about human and family relationships, immigration, gold mining, and the global economic crisis.

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Pilot X Puts a Crimp on the Business in 'The Mysterious Airman'

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"Mystery writer Arthur B. Reeve's influence in this film doesn't follow convention -- it follows his invention.

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