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Justin Richards Delivers a Mixed Bag in Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters

This is a thick and glossy volume featuring the Doctor's correspondence across time and space.

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The Essays in ‘I’ll Tell You Mine’ Speak Precisely Individual Truths

We are a species that longs for stories. We are also a species that longs for the truth. Both are found, here.

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‘Food Whore’ Critiques the City of Dining and Deceit

Jessica Tom captures the psychology of NYC’s elite dining scene in her aspiring debut.

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‘Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl’ Is Littered With Discarded Costumes and Thwarted Ambitions

Carrie Brownstein’s book is not really meant or ready for sharing. Not yet.

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‘Easy Riders, Rolling Stones’ Explores the Migratory Nature of Music in America

Scanlan's work explores an expansive subject without losing too much time or focus to detours and alternate routes.

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How Did Four Young Black Boys Become Hollywood Stars During the Height of Jim Crow?

By foregrounding the stories of the black stars of the Our Gang comedies, Julia Lee uncovers how black America’s attitude towards its representation by Hollywood evolved.

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The Birth, Life and Death of the UK Film Council

The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council provides an informative academic account of the recent birth, life and death of the UK's film funding body.

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The Marvels by Brian Selznick

The Marvels is a book about stories and the importance of stories—telling them, living them, keeping them alive.

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OMC Pauly Fuemana’s Bizarre Life

An at turns moving and bizarre account of a pop star's troubled life, author and music manager Simon Grigg recounts the life of OMC's frontman Pauly Fuemana.

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The Magic in ‘Big Magic’ Gets Cheesy—Even for Elizabeth Gilbert

At its weakest, Big Magic is a rushed response to her viral Ted Talk, but at its best, it’s a persuasive contribution to the current climate of creativity.

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If Chaucer Were Alive Today, He’d Be on the Front Page of ‘US Weekly’

Scholar Paul Strohm examines a particularly tumultuous year in the life of Geoffrey Chaucer.

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Bernard Sumner’s Modest Tales of Joy Division and New Order

Guitarist Bernard Sumner shares his recollections of Joy Division and New Order, both seminal post-punk outfits whose influence cannot be overstated.

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Sounds French: Globalization, Cultural Communities and Pop Music, 1958-1980

As one of the first of the French punk groups, Stinky Toys grappled with authenticity, illustrating the pitfalls that French musicians experienced while navigating their place in the genre.

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Library of America Rethinks Women and the Hard Boiled Tradition in New Set of Women’s Crime Writing

This box set represents a nuanced perspective not only of the crime fiction genre, but of women's contributions to mid-century American culture.

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The Edible Series Offers Up Delectable Food for Thought

What do doughnuts, lamb, sausage and water all share? A fraught and fascinating cultural history.

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Bernard Harcourt’s Study on Our Surveillance State, ‘Exposed’, Is a Call for Action

Surveillance, contrary to 19th century theories, is not an activity perpetrated solely by actors of the state, but rather by “state like” actors -- and we are the actors.

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The Eternally Recurrent Themes in Susan Barker’s ‘The Incarnations’

The Incarnations works perfectly as a collection of studied, precise short stories unified by simple but powerful themes and a bevy of stylistic strengths.

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The Real Walking Dead: Joshua M. Price’s ‘Prison and Social Death’

This book is about society. Shifting the focus from the individual (crime) to the social (punishment) is not so much a political choice as it is an ethical imperative.

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Trailing the Artisans of Oneiric Worlds in Anand Pandian’s ‘Reel World’

Reel World reconciles the recondite with the banal, the sublime with the quotidian, and the real with the mythological.

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Do We Need a Book That Talks About Videogames in Relation to Kant’s Thoughts on the Sublime?

Whether you played Pac-Man as a kid, are a videogame fanatic, or simply enjoy Words with Friends, How to Talk About Videogames has much to offer.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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