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What Is the Robert Altman Vision?

If you want to get a complete understanding of Altman, his filmmaking style, and why his movies are so important to the history of cinema, Frank Caso’s book is a must read.

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‘Guapa’ Is Much More Than Simply a ‘Gay’ Novel

Haddad makes a single day swell to encompass the powerful struggle to define one's own self and to come to terms with the consequences of autonomy.

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‘Under the Big Black Sun’ Tells of an L.A. Before the Kids From Orange County Arrived

They had the neutron bomb, The Masque, and all the youthful energy you'd ever want to muster. What became of the early L.A. punks, then?

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Spinsterhood and Its Discontents in Daniel Sada’s ‘One Out of Two’

A bewitching story about sisterhood, spinsterhood, and identity by a celebrated Mexican writer.

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The Replacements’ Blithely Adolescent Spirit

Bob Mehr's biography of the band that regularly pulled defeat from the jaws of victory makes for compelling, heartbreaking reading.

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‘Agnostic’: Against Theists and Atheists

Lesley Hazleton’s brand of agnosticism simply holds open a space for contemplative thinking.

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‘Grief Is the Thing With Feathers’ Pokes Around in Poetry’s Carcass

In his first book, Max Porter pulls disparate voices and bangs them together to make something beautiful and scary.

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Questlove’s ‘Somethingtofoodabout’ Is Immensely Satisfying

Questlove’s Somethingtofoodabout showcases how the performing arts necessitate a different kind of creativity.

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The City as Autobiography in Darryl Pinckney’s Black Deutschland

Leaping from one fragmented city to the next, Pinckney’s narrator uses history to simultaneously define and obscure himself.

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New Kids on the Block’s Fans Are Hangin’ Tough

The 33 1/3 book on New Kids on the Block highlights the perils of aging gracefully.

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A Partridge Compendium That Probes Some of the Best Parts of XTC’s Rich Pageant

In lieu of an XTC biography or a Partridge memoir, we take a trip through the notebooks and brainwaves of the master.

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Is Chinese Martial Arts Cinema Underexamined or Undervalued?

Stephen Teo's updated academic appraisal of the action genre delivers fascinating historic and cultural context.

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If You Like Browsing, You’ll Like ‘Old Records Never Die’

Taking a somewhat circuitous route, Spitznagel’s book is more about the people who shape us and the music we share than the music itself.

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‘How to Watch a Movie’ Is Valuable Reading for Novice Film Buffs

Enlightening insights are scattered throughout, but this book draws familiar conclusions about ways of watching and appreciating film

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Language Is an Energy in John Lydon’s ‘Anger Is an Energy’

Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon spills his guts with sloppy but delightful syntax and riddle-like onomatopoeias.

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‘Living on Paper’ Illuminates the Intimacies That Influenced Iris Murdoch’s Work

Active love: this fine collection proves richer and more rewarding than some of the strangely reductive and moralising responses that it’s received would suggest.

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In the Excellent ‘Sweetgirl’, Home Is Just Another Storm

Sweetgirl wonders about home, and about what happens when you're born into the wrong one.

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Wrestling With the Replacements’ Legacy in ‘Trouble Boys’

Based on Mehr's plethora of interviews, it seems that most of what seemed grist for the rumor mill about the Replacements was, if anything, understated.

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Straddling the Divide Between Karen Silkwood and Edward Snowden in ‘The Whistleblower’s Dilemma’

While the Snowden chapters are often, at best, worthy of a cursory skim, virtually every word about Silkwood here is captivating,

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Outsiders and Marxists and Nazis ‘At the Existentialist Cafe’

When it comes to reconstructing the lived experience of historical figures and philosophers, the devil is in the details, and the devil is probably a Nazi.

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