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‘Life Moves Pretty Fast’ Hits Some Slowdowns

Freeman frequently complains about Hollywood's stereotypes about what male and female audiences are willing to watch, yet her own tastes are pretty stereotypical.

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‘Worlds Elsewhere’ Makes Clear: Shakespeare Is What We Make of Him

Dickson takes readers on a journey of the many Shakespeares in our world; from an entertainer in Gold Rush bars, to the defender of freedom in apartheid South Africa, to a founder of communism.

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‘Bukowski In a Sundress’ Is a Book You Should Judge By Its Cover

Kim Addonzio's memoir in essay ain't no summer beach read. Be very happy.

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Custody-Con 2016: ‘A Hundred Thousand Worlds’

Proehl’s multisided take on geek culture (mixing fandom, creativity, and business) pulsates with colorful insight and ugly truths.

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Jon Savage’s ‘1966’ Explores How the Music Shaped the Culture

Jon Savage connects societal changes with the changing landscape of popular music and its role within not only popular culture, but in how it shaped an entire generation’s way of thinking.

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“Maybe Later You’ll Be Lucky”: The Wisdom in Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. and Philosophy reveals a man as insightful as he is entertaining.

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‘Empire of Things’ Is Both an Epic and a Necessary Look at Consumer Culture

Trentmann's historical analysis of consumption manages to be both depressing about our habits and hopeful about change.

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Living at the Movies With Dana Spiotta’s ‘Innocents and Others’

Spiotta's work is a vivid and enduring argument for the powers of imagination.

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Ottaviani and Purvis’s ‘The Imitation Game’ Is an Extraordinary Achievement

I thought of the notion of purity of the mind, of a kind of almost frustrating innocence, as I read this new biographical graphic novel about Alan Turing.

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‘The Rhapsodes’: When an Aesthetic Approach to Film Criticism Was Novel

It’s hard to imagine now, but in the '40s it was a daring thing to champion film. These four critics did just that, and did it very well.

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16 Jun 2016 // 1:15 AM

After Absurdism, Algiers

Jacques Ferrandez's graphic novel adaptation of Albert Camus's The Stranger is a surprising salve for grown-ups.

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Instant Photography Before the Digital Era

The Polaroid cameras brought instant gratification to photography long before the digital era.

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Don’t Forget to Breathe While Reading ‘Music for Wartime’

Music for Wartime is an exceptional collection that further cements Makkai as one of today’s strongest fiction writers.

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On Saul Bellow’s Artful Two-mindedness

There may be simply too much to think about, but Saul Bellow certainly made a valiant effort over the course of his long career.

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Who Are You Calling ‘White Trash’?

White Trash serves as an opening statement on the long ignored presence of class within a country that prides itself on freedom and equality for all.

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What Fills the Empty Spaces in ‘City Squares’?

Squares are the empty hearts of cities waiting to be filled by individual and public meaning.

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‘How to Smoke Pot (Properly)’ Is the Model for Confident, Professional Marijuana Advocacy

David Bienenstock proves himself more than capable as a rhetorician, mixing equal parts manifesto, memoir and pamphlet.

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Ian McGuire’s ‘The North Water’ Is a Barnburner of a Tale

Life aboard a 19th century whaling ship with a band of madmen. It's certainly not for the faint of heart.

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Each Character’s Devotions Define Them in Taïa’s Excellent ‘Infidels’

Infidels is a book to be read again and again, certain that there is something new to be gleaned every time.

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Are All Drummers Dimwitted and Crazy?

British music journalist Tony Barrell tries to get timekeepers some props. Or at least figure out why Tommy Lee has that Mighty Mouse tattoo.

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

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"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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