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Punk on Paper: One Page Per Item, 550 Artifacts

Oh So Pretty's value lies among those images that challenge a quickly stultifying norm.

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Every F***ing Thing You Need to Know About Profanity

Why "jeepers creepers" should be more profane than any word you (still) can't say on television, why it isn't, and why that matters.

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A 50th Anniversary Reflection on the Greatness of Lenny Bruce

Chief among Bruce’s peeves is hypocrisy of any stripe, and chief among his virtues is his constant willingness to cop to his own sordid contradictions.

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Ambition, Folksy Charm, and an Alligator: ‘Carrying Albert Home’

Homer Hickman's story offers a light-hearted, ultimately feel good series of stories that are more often than not as amusing as they are poignant.

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‘The Mandibles’ Presents an America Under Economic Siege

If you aren't terrified, you aren't paying attention.

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‘Death by Water’ Is a Postmodern Tale That Flows With the Tides of Life

Commingling the anticlimactic and the violently unexpected, Oe's novel rings true to life.

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A Kick Ass/Kick Arse Depiction of the Stylish Mods in ‘60s England

Jim McCarthy and Kevin Cross, writers and graphics artists from either side of the Atlantic, join forces to create a candid tale of the Mod scene.

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We Are Forever Haunted: ‘The Penguin Book of the Undead’

These glimmers into the underworld betray a primeval and persistent human urge to peer beyond the grave.

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‘The Fate of Rural Hell’: A Field Trip to a Bizarre, Religious Disneyland

Anderson gives just enough about the history of Thailand and the perspective of Buddhism to let a reader’s imagination take flight.

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Arundhati Roy and John Cusack Discuss What’s Rotten in the Political Left

Things That Can and Cannot Be Said assembles a cast of whistleblowers and dissidents to discuss the security state, the Lifestyle Wars, and the demise of the Left.

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Keith Moon Graphic Novel ‘Who Are You?’ Leaves You Questioning

Jim McCarthy's passion for the project comes through at times, but it isn't enough to carry an uneven book.

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From Rust Belt to Brain Belt: ‘The Smartest Places on Earth’

An economist and a journalist report on how advances in technology and communication are helping once moribund industrial cities become hotspots for global innovation.

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29 Sep 2016 // 1:15 AM

Ways of Seeing Kate Bush

Harari’s images are not so much windows unto an inner soul or even openings to the performer’s penchant for the conspicuously odd, but rather hopes for the undisclosed.

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Walter Benjamin’s Fiction in ‘The Storyteller’ Is a Warm Cure for an Academic Hangover

A master of the theory of craft puts his money where his mouth is, revealing a precise descriptive power that gracefully commands plot and characterization.

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Californium: Another Story of Adolescent Angst—With Guitars

Californium is a Frankenstein’s monster of coming-of-age stories, its many moving parts borrowed and reassembled from stock, clichéd characters and plot devices.

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On Friedrich Nietzsche’s Early Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual Development

The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche is a carefully considered and well-paced biography that knows exactly how much it intends to say and doesn't aspire to take on any more than is necessary.

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‘Planetes’ Should Be Required Baggage on the First Mission to Mars

This space drama aboard a garbage collection ship makes for first-rate sci-fi.

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‘Fade To Gray’ Is an Insightful Study of Aging in American Cinema

Timothy Shary and Nancy McVittie’s rewarding, accessible study explores representations of aging and older characters in American film from early cinema to the present-day.

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Neil Gaiman Takes on a Different Perspective

Readers of Gaiman's blog or Twitter feed know his schedule is always full of interesting projects. Here's proof that he's just as busy, and interesting, on the nonfiction side.

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Less Story, More Play: All Aboard for Planet Marlys!

Legendary cartoonist Lynda Barry's most iconic character takes center stage in this large-format hardback.

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