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Is Alyse Myers’ Life More Important Than Yours?

Ding dong! Ding dong! Another dysfunctional-family memoir bearing a terrible secret is at the door!

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Part One: Leading the Camel to Water, 1974-1975

Casablanca was not an instant success but Neil Bogart, a dreamer and a doer, was undeterred. Part I examines how the sheik of Casablanca led his camel out of the desert.

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Three Days, Forty Years, Six Discs

It's the enticing performances of the smaller acts -- and not the explosions of the big ones -- that made Woodstock such a singular event.

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“No Dad, What About You?!”: The John Hughes Generation Conflict

John Hughes went to bat for us teenagers against the evil Baby Boomer adults and the damage their material expectations inflicted on the classic American nuclear family.

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13 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

“You’re Not Don Draper”

Last season on Mad Men, as marketing master Don Draper became a recognizable brand in the real world, the show that gave birth to him began to dismantle his identity episode by episode.

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13 Aug 2009 // 9:59 PM

Oceans of Fear

Brace yourself: this is a fish tale that can silence – like the great white shark itself – all of its competitors.

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‘Funny People’ and the Advent of the Social Network Narrative

If the public prefers disposable, computer generated product about man-babies to dramas about human relationships, then Funny People may be plugged directly in to the zeitgeist.

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12 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

Where Strides the Behemoth

Begrand talks with Darski of Behemoth, one of the most visually imposing and sonically punishing bands in all of metal, on the eve of the release of their new CD, Evangelion.

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There’s a Griot Goin’ On: An Interview with Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara

The former guitarist for Robert Plant and the Gambia riti virtuoso discuss their unlikely, but incredibly fruitful, musical partnership.

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12 Aug 2009 // 9:59 PM

Perfect Moments of Escape

Are the girls of John Hughes' films feminists? Does it matter? For '90s girls like me, Hughes' female leads were less reflections of ourselves than welcome respites from a teen culture much rougher around the edges.

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The ‘Michael Jacksons’ and All Their Infuriating Complexity

Maybe it’s more fun to idolize or demonize public figures than to have more complex, mixed feelings about them.

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11 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Kids Are All Write: Pitchfork Music Festival 2009

After three days of sore feet, throbbing eardrums, and insufficient sleep, Pitchfork’s annual music festival was a welcome reminder of how good rock music can feel.

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The Legacy of Mike Wieringo: The Flash Years

The true legacy of Mike Wieringo is his radical redefining of the comics industry's obsession with navel-gazing.

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Comics, Art for the Idiosyncratic

With little pressure to conform to storytelling or visual norms, comics are rife with artists like Jason Shiga, who bends and splices genres, and whose aesthetic sense is readily identifiable as his own.

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TIE Fighter: A Post 9/11 Parable

As the only Star Wars game that has you serving under the Empire without remorse, TIE Fighter lets you experience being a servant to a massive government just after a terrorist attack.

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Chronicling Catastrophe: Dave Eggers and the American Nonfiction Novel

When faced with catastrophe, from wars to natural disasters, the nonfiction novel is sometimes the only medium that can do justice to the chaos.

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20 Questions: Christopher O’Riley

Critically acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley’s recording of Nirvana’s "Heart Shaped Box" will "engender sustained hearing loss, under repeated and hi-res sound reproduction."

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Your Brain is the New Factory Floor

"[M]ore and more, 'production' -- that word my fellow economists have worked over for generations -- has become interior to the human mind rather than set on a factory floor..."

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Beacons of Longevity: An Interview with Tortoise

Tortoise co-founder Dan Bitney discusses the past, present, and future of the band that changed indie rock forever, and continues to thrill their power base on their first original record in five years, Beacons of Ancestorship.

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On the Sixth Day God Created Man…chester: Part 2

Punk-influenced performance poetry now thrives on both sides of the Atlantic, as open mics and poetry slams draw new generations of writers with combative tones, satirical perspectives, and rock-inspired rhythms in their lines.

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The Vast Loneliness of 'No Man's Sky'

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"You cannot escape yourself in No Man's Sky. There is little to do but analyze the self.

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