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'Norman Mailer: The Sixties': A Turbulent Decade, an Exhaustive Collection, a Divisive Writer

Despite Mailer's literary merit, his persistent fetishizing of the black body in his writing during the '60s gets tiresome. Yet we can't ignore these works.

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'Caligula's Ghost: Why Cinema Needs Epic Failure More than Mediocre Success

Obscene, grandiose and artistically worthless -- such is the monstrous reputation of the 1979 art-porn blockbuster Caligula. Is this most shocking of Roman epics worthy of reappraisal?

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Obscene: A Biography of the Life and Career of Renowned Publisher Barney Rosset

A fierce, funny and informative look at the most influential publisher of the 20th century, from Rosset's literary firsts to his crusade against censorship and continuing cultural impact.

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Flying Alone: Edward Hopper and America's Night Side

Isolation is more than being alone. That is why the greatest and most discomforting presentation of isolation can be found in Hopper's paintings that include more than one person.

David Masciotra
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The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2005)

`U.S. vs. John Lennon' shows Nixon's efforts to quash a Beatle

Louis R. Carlozo
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The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2005)

The case against John Lennon was jumpstarted by a very scary image, namely, the musician and a black man on daytime TV.

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Why We Fight (2006)

Eugene Jarecki's new documentary poses its title as a question.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Inside Deep Throat (2005)

Inside Deep Throat is less interested in the film's making than in its cultural and political fallouts.

Cynthia Fuchs
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