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When You Speak to Your Muse, Does It Answer? It Does in 'Boss Broad'

Wild rebellion and reckless combat are increasingly less valued than ethical wit and spiritual sustenance in Megan Volpert's entertaining and insightful Boss Broad.

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Do We Dream of Electric Sheep Like Blade Runner's Corporate-produced Replicants?

The isolation of Blade Runner 2049's inhabitants continually reinforces and enlivens their deep need for genuine connection, communal relationships, which the divisive effects of global capitalism actively undermines.

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Triptych the Light Fantastic: Nicole Brossard's 'Mauve Desert'

A frustrating, demanding and ultimately fascinating exercise in experimental fiction, Mauve Desert is the story of one adolescent's life colliding with the emotional landscapes of others'.

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Unrealistic Colors and Naturalistic Philosophies in Jean Renoir's 'The River'

In The River, Renoir transcends his own attractive colors, stumbling into a “realistic” philosophy of nature that the portraiture of color so often forbids.

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It's Refreshing to Read an Essay That's Not Trying to Tap Dance Its Way Into Your Heart

David Lazar's writing in Occasional Desire: Essays is personal yet scholarly, funny yet melancholy, familiar and warm, yet experimental and original.

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Various Artists: Aimer et Perdre: To Love and Lose Songs, 1917-1934

For adventurous listeners with sensibilities trained by the Harry Smith Anthology, this is surely as essential as any other release that will land this year.

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Various Artists: Folksongs of Illinois #1 / Folksongs of Illinois #2: Fiddlers

The combination of great music and insightful notes makes this series as important as it is entertaining.

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