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And Here’s to You, Mr. Robinson: ‘Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics’

In a conversation with Jerry Robinson, the man who created the Joker, we learn he is much like the superheroes with which he will forever be identified; his career reflects a lifetime of pushing boundaries, challenging conventions, and fighting for artistic integrity.

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20 Questions: Greil Marcus

"Few if any American cultural historians take the great deep American Breath like Greil Marcus," writes Robert Loss. With his latest, Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010 in mind, we’re pleased to have Marcus back with us, this time in the playful framework of PopMatters 20 Questions.

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Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD, and the Politics of Ecstasy

As representative of an all-American ideal, the dream of unlimited success and total lack of restraint, Ken Kesey remains hard to beat, and through his “freak freely” ministry great ideas flew from his head like illuminated dandruff.

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20 Questions: Patrick K. O’Donnell

Award-winning / Lady Gaga / Katy Perry / Top 40 listening author Patrick K. O'Donnell is an expert on WWII espionage, special operations, and counterinsurgency on the modern battlefield -- and he's with us here at PopMatters 20 Questions.

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The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World Power

Kaiser Wilhelm II's oriental fixation had... the feeling of a love affair, as he courted the affections of the various peoples of the Ottoman Empire... Wilhelm wanted Germans to lead the way in 'civilizing' the Middle East, reinvigorating its moribund economy and integrating it with Europe’s.

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20 Questions: Steven Johnson

Pop thought guru Steven Johnson taps into neurobiology and pop culture -- with a few stops in-between -- to explore what fuels those "Eureka!" moments in his new book, Where Good Ideas Come From.

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The 24-hour News Cycle Rhetoric Yields to Something Far More Human in ‘The Promise: President Obama’

This book works because it doesn't skimp on details: the reason behind every major Obama Year One decision is explained, and the result is fascinating. If only Alter toned down the declarative statements...

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17 Oct 2010 // 10:00 PM

Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London

Private Billy Cox stood near an open window of Service Club 1, where he heard a solo guitar playing in a wildly unique manner, as if Beethoven and John Lee Hooker had merged. The guitarist: Private Jimi Hendrix.

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20 Questions: Mark Mustian

The Gendarme author, attorney and city commissioner Mark Mustian reveals to PopMatters 20 Questions a deep sensitivity to life for the average person; from the struggles of his Depression-era father to the modern working man, just trying to pay his utility bills.

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They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany

He was deep behind the lines, and, remarkably, the enemy headquarters he spied was not that well guarded. On his belly, .45 in hand, he slithered forward.

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Philip Roth’s ‘Nemesis’: The Case Against God and Man

Here is Philip Roth in his familiar, brutal finery, his most biting and honest eloquence: the great existential wondering which has tormented so many of his characters.

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11 Oct 2010 // 10:00 PM

In Praise of Copying

Vuitton is a mass-producer of luxury, artisanal, unique individual bags, faking the faking of its own products at an art exhibition, while zealously pursuing the prosecution of the actual fakers through police action and courts of law around the world.

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‘A Cambodian Odyssey’: Haing Ngor Was Among the Most Consequential Actors of His Time

It isn't often that a brutal personal account of mass murder, slavery, torture and the obliteration of a sovereign nation causes a reader to meditate on the art of acting, but then, Haing Ngor's was no ordinary life.

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7 Oct 2010 // 10:00 PM

Bob Dylan in America

Over Coppertone-slicked bodies on Santa Monica Beach and out of secluded make-out spots and shopping-center parking lots and everywhere else American teenagers gathered that summer, it seemed that the ba-de-de-bum-de-bum announcing Dylan’s hit about getting stoned was blaring from car radios and transistor radios.

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What’s The Upside, Doc?: Interview with Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely

In The Upside of Irrationality, author, and self-described “social hacker", Dan Ariely calls attention to what he terms “the basic dilemma we have in life – there’s lots of stuff that’s really unpleasant for us in the short term, but really good for us in the long term.” And perhaps more importantly, he suggests what we can do to change that.

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‘The Grapes of Wrath’: The Specter of Tom Joad Emerges From America’s Dark Past, Once Again

With the current economic climate -- increasing rates of foreclosure, evictions, unemployment, poverty and misery -- this classic story dangerously impinges upon the present to reveal the specter of Tom Joad emerging from the darkness, once again.

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Chasing the Ghost of Graham Greene in Contemporary Vietnam

My suite had a balcony overlooking the square and the Municipal Theatre. The hotel has a central open courtyard for breakfast dining. Wrought iron chairs. Glass-topped tables with bamboo place mats. A small fountain. Lacy white spheres hanging from spindly branches. It was easy to imagine Greene at work here, too, under the trees.

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4 Oct 2010 // 10:00 PM

Apathy for the Devil: A Seventies Memoir

Music remains the only key that can unlock the past for me in a way that I can inherently trust.

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Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?: How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life

Where there’s equality, there’s so much more in an affluent country to see, to taste, to touch… There’s more order. But it’s the order of not having the disorder of mass poverty. [In Europe], in the really social democratic parts, I can inhale whole cities like banks of violets.

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Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World

A journalist enters the dystopian world of Franz Kafka in an attempt to journey to Gaza to study the local surf scene.

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Ubisoft Understands the Art of the Climb

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"Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and Grow Home epitomize the art of the climb.

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