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Haruki Murakami's 'Killing Commendatore' Is Yet Another Turn Around the Tired Fantasy Carousel

Disturbing pedophilia and time-consuming repetition drag down Haruki Murakami's Killing Commendatore.

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What Will We Become? R.E.M.'s "Driver 8"

In 2008 Michael Stipe introduced "Driver 8" as "a song that represents the dream of the United States of America and what it may become in the next three days." What did he mean, and has that dream come true?

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Of Sunlight and Shadows: 'The Civil War and American Art'

This companion book to the sprawling art of the Civil War exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum is a remarkable blend of academic incisiveness and absorbing melodrama. It's also the best art book of 2012.

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Ocean Colour Scene: Painting

If you miss the glory days of Britpop, even if Blur is back to some degree, Painting will satisfy you.

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A Slice of Berlin in Los Angeles

Time takes away the meaning of an object. But then again, it also imbues an object, such as fragments of the Berlin Wall, with another.

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