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13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley

You might argue with her judgments, as I did with her criticism of Conrad's Heart of Darkness, but you can't help but sense that hers is the more grounded point of view.

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Luomo: Paper Tigers

Paper Tigers may not be the revelation that Vocalcity was, but its quiet, complex experiments show an artist extremely serious about his work

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Daniel Santiago: On the Way

This 27-year-old Brazilian guitarist has chops to spare and some very talented friends; if it wasn’t only 35 minutes long, one could well describe On

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

A Heart in Winter (1993)

Neglected for too long by North American audiences, Un Coeur en Hiver is a subtle, intelligent, and provocative piece of cinema that should not be overlooked.

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

My Latest Novel: Wolves

Strings are the thing these days, and here's yet another literate collective ready to grab your heart with a disc of symphonic pop.

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The Black Neon: Arts & Crafts

A diverse set of pop-goes-mechanical tunes point to deep nostalgia for motorik grooves of 1970s Germany.

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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Matches: Decomposer

Second album for Bay Area pop-punk band the Matches favours pastiche over memorable tunes

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Branford Marsalis: Braggtown

Branford and the boys offer ballads, burners, and the Baroque on the bi-polar Braggtown.

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Various Artists: Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1

Excellent and educational compilation of folk songs, featuring members of Wilco, Freakwater, and the Bad Livers, as well as faculty and staff of Chicago's esteemed Old Town School of Folk Music.

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The Uptown Quintet: Live in New York

Uptown Quintet -- not quite hard bop, maybe contemporary delight bop from young lions who served their musical apprenticeships on Manhattan Island, and the one very together band they were.

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Trentemoller: Always Something Better

Trentemoller, big man of 2005 house, gives us a taste of his forthcoming long-player in the form of a single and some remixes. “Always Something Better”

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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

In making Arbus' biography understandable, if "imaginary," the film also makes her work -- so thrillingly strange -- a bit too familiar.

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14 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Places: Songs for Creeps

Singer-songwriter Amy Annelle's songs are creepy on the surface, but the good stuff lies below.

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Miles Davis: Cool & Collected

While this collection is definitely cool, its primary purpose is to acquaint newbies with the legend of Miles Davis.

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14 Nov 2006 // 5:00 PM

One Ring Zero: Wake Them Up

The concept is really intriguing, but the reality is undenaibly disappointing.

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14 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Feast (2005)

Feast is too knowing and in its own way, too high profile to be cult cinema, but it deserves a look from the genre connoisseur.

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14 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made by Jim Newton

In the years after he named Earl Warren as chief justice, President Dwight Eisenhower made clear he regretted the choice, calling it one of his biggest mistakes.

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14 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Love the Way You Love

The most sincere emotional connection a person can have with a story like this comes from the reader's genuine desire to see the two people get together.

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Marah: Sooner Or Later in Spain

Marah has long been one of America's best rock bands, and now they've got the pictures to prove it.

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Lindstrom: Its a Feedelity Affair

Lindstrom's easy and attractive electronic music may not be cutting-edge any more, but it's still gorgeously layered and sparkles as if right out of the box

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