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The Lost World & She: A History of Adventure

Old though these stories may be, they still have much to teach us about the quest for adventure and what we can learn from each other without even leaving the comfort of our armchairs.

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The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow by A. J. MacKinnon

Mackinnon’s eccentric, pith-helmeted adventure is a holdover from the days when books for children weren’t simplistic; when adult writers talked to their young readers as equals while still making sure there were plenty of thrills and spills.

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27 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Revolving Architecture by Chad Randl

Certain ways of looking can be imbued with power and privilege. Regrettably, such ideas are given only cursory analysis.

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More Than It Hurts You by Darin Strauss

Strauss turns a sociological eye on his cast of characters and seems at times on the verge of creating a Bonfire of the Vanities for the new millennium.

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Federico Fellini The Book of Dreams by Federico Fellini

Did Fellini dream more extravagantly, with better art direction and more fluid crane shots than you or I?

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When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Story after story is what you want and expect, jovially straddling the line between the devils of the formulaic and the angels of dependable consistency.

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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

A child's murder becomes symbolic of phenomenon specific to the era: the darkness in the bosom of the Victorian family and the thrills and dangers of a new art -- detection.

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Radical Alterity by Jean Baudrillard

Philosophy has often foregone its search for truth in favor of trumpeting a perceived tectonic ontological crisis: “Hark! The Internet, reality TV, Disney World, America! The sky is falling!”

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22 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Funniest One in the Room by Kim ‘Howard’ Johnson

Close moonlighted as a fire-eating carnival performer, an LSD test subject for the US military, a film cameo artist and a producer of psychedelic light shows.

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22 Jul 2008 // 10:59 PM

Commonwealth

Blue Gene -- a mullet-sporting, tattoo-covered, monster truck-loving, "Love It Or Leave It" spouting man of the people -- is selling off his childhood action figures at a flea market at the age of 27.

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A Happy Man and Other Stories

Little details disturb the normality of these stories: chairs have three legs; a homeless man becomes guardian over an entire forest.

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Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal

Notable figures from Diana Ross to Barack Obama have been slapped with the "s-word" at some point or another for any number of real or imagined offenses.

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Goodbye 20th Century by David Browne

On more than one occasion the band’s collective memory is not exactly in synch, a point that only further reminds us that we are reading a mythology, not a chronicle.

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20 Jul 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Journey Home

This Ireland is resolutely working class, bland, focused on the traditional pursuits of numbing the senses through alcohol, coping with the drudgery of dead-end jobs with an almost nihilistic escapism.

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17 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Jenny * the Jaws of Life

Reader Beware: Willett's collection may induce uncontrollable laughter followed by serious bouts of petrifying and inescapable doom.

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17 Jul 2008 // 10:59 PM

Deception and Abuse at the Fed:

Auerbach’s obvious allegiances and failure to maintain a sense of objectivity result in a work that seems rather shrill and churlish.

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Coming to Wherever You Are - Muchmusic, MTV and Youth Identities by Kip Pegley

A comparative study of MuchMusic and MTV that examines how each relates to issues and perceptions of gender and nationality, racial diversity, and an overall sense of cultural identity.

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16 Jul 2008 // 10:59 PM

Eldorado

This tries to capitalize on the topicality of European illegal immigration, but ends up a pedestrian effort at putting a face on the multitudes that wash up on the continent’s shores each year.

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15 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Slayer’s Reign in Blood

Metal fans are a cynical bunch when it comes to outsiders offering critiques of their favorite pieces of work, and can pick apart a treatise with the thoroughness of fussy jazz enthusiasts.

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15 Jul 2008 // 10:59 PM

Clint Eastwood Actor and Director

I realize that not everyone finds The Eiger Sanction as amazing as I do, but any picture with Clint as an art professor (!) cum mountain climber (!!) cum political assassin (!!!) deserves all the analysis it can get.

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