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The Creator and Creation in Elvis Costello’s ‘Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink’

Costello on Costello is a joy for those already in the cult and another arrow in the quiver for those who think he should just shut up already.

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Back to the Drawing Board With ‘Flash Gordon Volume 4: The Storm Queen of Valkir’

At first, Austin Briggs’ work feels like a simplified version of Alex Raymond’s, the boldness of the characters’ figures and poses replaced by understated charm.

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Avengers Assemble!

The Avengers have never before been assembled quite as exhaustively as in the pages of The Avengers Encyclopedia.

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Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel

Paul Levitz weaves comic legend Will Eisner's life into the long history of sequential art in the 20th century.

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‘Drawing Blood’ and Doing Violence to Clichés

When Molly Crabapple stares down danger and corruption, and when she investigates the long reach of terror and greed, she succeeds.

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The Creep of Neoliberalism’s Effects Are Explored in ‘Disaster Capitalism’

A cool, hard look at the global structures that profit from those of us who are most vulnerable.

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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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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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