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Murakami’s ‘Absolutely on Music’ Is Sort of a My Dinner With Andre for Classical Music Fans

A famed Japanese novelist who just happens to be a supreme music fanatic sits down with a celebrated Japanese conductor for a series of informal talks.

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Tim Dorsey’s Latest Gives Us Beer and Loathing in Florida

Clownfish Blues places trademark characters Serge A. Storms on arguably their wildest and funniest ride yet, resulting in plenty of sex, drugs, violence, and lottery winnings.

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Memory Drawings in Film and Print: ‘Seth’s Dominion’

Seth’s Dominion offers a full picture of an exciting artist brimming with imagination, and with a great deal more to create.

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Not Lame Records’ Jellyfish Story Is a Fitting Tribute

This is the story of two talented Bay Area songwriters who create a pair of brilliant power pop records and then fade into obscurity.

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18 Jan 2017 // 8:30 AM

Glam Is Good

Simon Reynold's Shock and Awe is a thorough investigation into the many facets of rock's most maligned moniker.

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On Speaking to Southerners About Southerners

The Liberal Redneck Manifesto is poised to really put a dent in this mess that landed that creepy moneybag in the White House.

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Ancient Worlds: A Global History of Antiquity by Michael Scott

We are invited to adjust our angle of vision to consider multiple ancient worlds in Central Asia, India, and China.

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Transience Permeates the Introspective Pages in ‘Turkey Rediscovered’

Where Job scraped his sores, where Xenophon crossed the Euphrates, Krause Reichert links the stories he knows well to their terrain and traces.

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Our Lives Are Guided By Addiction

Gregor Hens’ new non-fiction work, Nicotine, is an exploration of one particular niche in the addiction dialogue.

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‘Rogue Archives’: Fan Fiction and Cultural Memory

Featuring "archive elves" and "digital marionettes", Rogue Archives offers a joyful memorialization of fan productions.

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Is There Such a Thing as a Quintessentially Cleveland Film?

Cleveland’s film resume doesn’t equal even a Toronto or Vancouver, but it’s been hiding in plain sight behind some fairly notable films over the years.

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What’s Left of the Left? Bernie Sanders’ ‘Our Revolution’

Why now is the weirdly perfect time to "Feel the Bern".

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‘Beautiful Minecraft’ Sees ‘Minecraft’ As a Sculptural Tool, Not Just a Game

Beautiful Minecraft muses on the possibilities of using Minecraft itself as a medium for art.

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Haunted by Nothingness: Emanuele Severino’s ‘The Essence of Nihilism’

Ask anyone whether something can be born of nothing, and the reply will be decisive: No! Yet we think, speak and act “as if” this were not the case.

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Johnny Marr Keeps the Story of His Life Uncomplicated in ‘Set the Boy Free’

This may be a quick read, but the true magic is saved for the music and a life well-lived.

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Glistening Male Bodies in Film: ‘Descended From Hercules’

This is an extensive and thoughtful survey of the peplum that's limited only by its ambition.

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Is There Anything Left to Say About Julia Child? A Great Deal, in Fact

With The French Chef In America, readers get a fresh look at a beloved personality.

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David Coggins’ ‘Men and Style’ and Our Infatuation With Being Cool

In an age of renewed discussion and debate over the true definition of masculinity “versus” femininity, how relevant is a book like Men and Style?

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The Seductive Brutality of Crossing Borders

The year 2016 has demonstrated that the American imagination could use another dozen novels with the defiant honesty of Norte.

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‘Nicotine’: A Riotous Collision Between Squatters and an Eccentric Family

Nell Zink's irrepressible humor and intelligence makes Nicotine a thrilling read.

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