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On Bruce Springsteen's Music in Film and TV

Bruce Springsteen's music in film and television captured author Caroline Madden's imagination. She discuses her book, Springsteen as Soundtrack, and other things Springsteen in this interview.

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Nightwish Go in a Folk Direction on Their Double LP 'Human. :||: Nature.'

In the curious case of Nightwish's Human. :||: Nature., the whole is ultimately less compelling than the individual parts it comprises.

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Taylor Swift's 'Lover' Finds Her at Peak Creativity in a State of Romantic Bliss

On Lover, Taylor Swift looks back on her youth as both mood and metaphor, marking a significant shift from the storytelling in Red, 1989, and Reputation.

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'The Psychology of Time Travel' Is Anything But Simple

The Psychology of Time Travel balances thrilling mystery, complex characterization, and emotional depth, and is a strong debut for Kate Mascarenhas.

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Pick Just One: The Saw Doctors - 'Live in Galway'

The Saw Doctors are the first band I remember seeing live that wasn't a David Bowie cover artist. On Live in Galway, the band bring their A-game, showing why they're the most beloved and enduring Irish rock outfit not led by Bono.

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Within Temptation's 'Resist' Needs to Resist Against Something

Within Temptation's newest album Resist pushes musical boundaries but is thematically vague.

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Dream Theater Balances Consistency and Excitement on 'Distance Over Time'

Dream Theater's Distance Over Time is at its strongest when it feels improvised and energetic—not overly-planned, but rather like the gang holed up in a studio and decided to lay down some tracks.

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'The World Is a Narrow Bridge' Is a Metaphysical Pilgrimage for Our Time

If Pratchett and Gaiman's Good Omens is an artifact of '90s apocalypse hullabaloo notable for its wry wit, petty divine figures, and surrealistic flourishes, then The World Is a Narrow Bridge plays a similar role in our angst-ridden, oversaturated media landscape/world of 2016 and beyond.

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'The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle' Is a Stellar Mystery Yarn

Travel journalist Stuart Turton borrows and remixes the best of the genre in his fiction debut, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

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Reading 'Paradise Rot' Will Leave You Feeling Woozy

Jenny Hval is writing for the senses, conjuring with almost nauseating accuracy sensations both mundane and extraordinary.

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'The Oracle Year' Explores a Different Kind of Superhero

The Oracle Year is less concerned with exploring the ethics of having power and more with using it as a catalyst for an entertaining story.

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Björn Runge's 'The Wife' Is Not Going to Satisfy Women Viewers

I wanted to find some catharsis in a movie about a woman who has sacrificed everything for her husband because the world would never otherwise see her value.

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'The Incendiaries' Twists Memories, Perception, and Truth

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl joins cult. Boy loses girl.

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'I Still Dream' Gives Us Hope for the Tech Apocalypse

In a world of Palantir, you'll wish for Organon.

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'Young Jane Young' and the Monicas, the Hillarys, and Other Women Impacted by Sex Scandals

It's a testament to Zevin's understanding of multiple age groups that she's able to capture a variety of women at various life stages. Her portrayals feel honest and true.

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So, Why Does Anyone Like David ​Sedaris?

He finds people who find his writing offensive interesting. He feels the pressures of a right-wing and left-wing audience equally. And the lines for book signings go on, and on. As do delightful interviews with this irrepressible man, such as this one.

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Getting Lost in Thought with David Sedaris

Calypso uses a wandering style of storytelling to conjure a sense of Sedaris traveling through his own thoughts, getting lost on particular charming tangents before coming back to what he ultimately wants you to take away.

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Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe From 'Iron Man' to 'Infinity War'

With the release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's defining moment that was Avengers: Infinity War, our staff assembles a ranking of the story so far.

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'The City of Lost Fortunes' and How Writing Goes from the "Goo in a Cocoon" Stage to a Fully-Realized Tale

Bryan Camp read academic works, self-published occult-y stuff, and primary sources to help craft his beautifully-realized tale of a New Orleans in which "the fantastical is possible."

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What Kind of Art Will Hold a Viewer's Attention? 'My Art'

From "contact highs" to Be Kind, Rewind, Laurie Simmons discusses the inspirations for and making of her debut narrative feature film, My Art.

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'How to Stop Time' Is Thoughtful but Thin

There are certainly delights to be found in How to Stop Time, despite its tendency to oversimplify.

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Paul Goldberg's 'The Château' Is a Farcical Familial Fable for the Trump Era

The father and son relationship, the wonky, beating heart of The Château, feels so well-worn and lived-in that its volatile pushes-and-pulls contain some genuinely touching moments.

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'The Last Mrs. Parrish' Nods to and Subverts the Classics with Aplomb

This debut novel by sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine fits well within the mold of Gone Girl-esque thriller.


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