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‘The Clash on the Clash’ Is a Smorgasbord of Contradictions

I figured, in the case of The Clash, there were no new tales to tell. Sean Egan’s The Clash on The Clash, however, offers a compelling counter-argument.

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Poetry, Photography, Comics: The Best of a Softer World

Think of A Softer World as a daily comic strip on an imaginary newspaper page full of dark and genre-disturbing funnies.

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An Artist in His Own Right: Nick Soulsby on Thurston Moore

This oral history seeks to course-correct one man's discography that's been overshadowed by that of his band, but it seems more intent to course-correct Moore's reputation.

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‘Nomadland’ Defines a New Kind of Migrant Worker in America: The Elderly

To be a migrant worker in America is to relearn the basic skills of living. Imagine doing that in your 60s and 70s, when you thought you'd be retired.

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Half Memoir / Half Tribute, ‘Fetch’ Attests to the Power of the Comic Form

There are plenty of tough moments in this tale, in both the author's personal life and in her struggles to understand her troubled dog, yet there’s never any doubt that they belong together.

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‘South Pole Station’ Presents an UnFamiliar but Believable World

South Pole Station is an unflinching yet loving look at family in all its forms.

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‘Queer Game Studies’ Aims to Break Entrenched Binaries

This collection exemplifies what great benefits the wider gaming community stands to reap as people of more diverse backgrounds find themselves comfortable within that community.

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John le Carré‘s ‘A Legacy of Spies’ Has that Old Dark Magic

Le Carré’s first George Smiley novel since 1990 finds the spymaster’s old henchman forced to excavate the details of a long-buried mission they both wish they could forget.

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Hello, Hypocrisy, My Old Friend: ‘The Religion of the Future’

Roberto Mangabeira Unger eats his own tail in his helpless "new" synthesis of philosophy, religion, and politics.

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Inform, Provoke, Challenge, Entertain: ‘Best American Essays 2017’

This year's collection of Best American Essays seamlessly blends the political, personal and universal. Most of them do it very well.

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Lauren Elkins Challenges the View That Flâneurie Is a Pleasure Reserved for Men

In Flâneuse Elkins combines her own experiences as a walker with those of many notable women, including Virginia Woolf, Agnés Varda, and Martha Gellhorn.

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Truth in Beauty and Beauty in Truth: Graphic Memoir ‘Diario de Oaxaca’

Peter Kuper’s work reminds us of the vibrant and inspired everyday people who live under the tyranny of petty and corrupt officials in both Mexico and the United States.

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Martin Luther’s Rise from Small-town Theologian to Bold and Defiant Heretic

A World Ablaze is an edifying treat for any general reader looking to get acquainted with the towering but very human figure of Martin Luther.

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T.C. Boyle’s  ‘The Relive Box and Other Stories’ Will Leave You Reeling

Humorous, compassionate, unpredictable, weathered (literally and figuratively), brutal, and magically realistic -- this is a collection of stories that matters.

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A Clash of Hip-Hop Legend, Pop-Culture Philosophizing, and one Incredible Story

What is the true value of music? Cyrus Bozorgmehr considers this question in his wild retelling of the story of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin; the Wu-Tang Clan's single-copy album project.

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Telling Stories: The Craft of Narrative and the Writing Life

Equal parts textbook, memoir, and reflection on the writing process, this is a cogent, realistic, and inspirational advice for professional and novice writers of all sorts.

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Jiro Taniguchi’s ‘Furari’ Will Enchant You

The maximalist minimalism of Jiro Taniguchi's work is on full display in this gentle, rewarding work.

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Though Rich in Subject Matter, ‘Veil’ Has Trouble Finding a Narrative

There's so much to say about the challenges, frustrations, and offenses facing women who veil, that Veil has difficulty sorting it all out in a meaningful way.

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By the Grain of Her Voice: Hillary Clinton’s ‘What Happened’ on Audiobook

The audiobook puts you in the room where it's happening, where Clinton is facing herself. She is being real, whether any of us likes her or agrees with her or not.

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‘Once Upon an Algorithm’ Is at Points an Enjoyable, Engaging Read

Martin Erwig's inventive analogies can't quite overcome the dry language he uses to convey them.

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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