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From Wonderland with Love

Just trying to make it through these thoroughly-other works, makes one believe that either they are the last living rubes who do not understand what is a now common tongue or that the comics were made by the craziest of crazy artists.

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Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers

Boody’s bizarre comics are Golden Age nuggets of an off-kilter author who found a particular release in his medium. This is the absurd with no absurd as context.

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Faction #0

Faction reads almost like an indie press catalogue.

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32 Stories: The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-Comics

32 Stories effectively demonstrates how the dolorous ‘90s diary comic might pull itself out of the mire of its similar contemporary pieces. It is Tomine’s command of form that ultimately redeems the genre.

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Chicken with Plums

Before even opening Chicken with Plums it is apparent that the book will have to go beyond the cultural seduction of Persepolis if Satrapi’s career is to become anything other than a one-note veil dance.

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Moomin Book Four

Moomin owes much of its unique brilliance to its inversion of traditional argumentation. Whereas it is not unusual for an essay to recourse to fantastic thought experiment to complement its strict reasoning, Moomin builds strictly verisimilar situations out of an aesthetics of wild illogic.

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Licentious Gotham by Donna Dennis

The book is not necessarily a history of erotic publishing as much as the history of erotic publishing’s clash with the law.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

This book combines love of ironic bric-a-brac with love of things that can passed off as “indicies of the post-modern condition”, or something similar.

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Variety's "The Movie That Changed My Life" by Robert Hofler

By the end of both tabloid and book you are forced to abandon your childhood idealism and confess that celebrities are rather trite.

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Screening Sex by Linda Williams

A tract on sexuality that is uncompromising without being outrageous, a text that embraces sexuality without making it a spectacle.

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I Served the King of England

The film ends up feeling like an intricate semantics overlaid on a simple grammar.

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The Art of Soccer with John Cleese

Cleese seems to be well aware of his pandering, as he plays a caricature of himself.

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Hellions by Maria Raha

Had I a daughter, I would love for her to be introduced to all the ass-kicking women of pop-culture by Raha’s book.

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Lost: The Complete Fourth Season

The order of myth becomes manifest in Season Four.

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An Autumn Afternoon

Ozu is at once alien and ordinary, without allowing this atypical film to be assimilated into some pop culture fashion.

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Mortal Coil by David Boyd Haycock

The profuse wringing of hands about whether or not we are doing violence to humanity in our tech-objectives only serves to hinder social progress.

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Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet, by Bill Kauffman

This book is a quick read and marked by monumental scholarship and deft style.

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Beaufort

If Beaufort is a fair bellwether, Cedar should become one of the more prolific Israeli directors, if not an international sensation.

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La Ronde

Sesame Street teaches youngsters how to count less explicitly than this film laments the sexual mores of France, circa 1950.

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Soundstage Presents: Heart Live

By the end of “Crazy on You”, you're crawling on the floor tossing your hair Lita Ford-style.

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Welcome to the Dahl House

Dahl traps readers between his incredible powers of persuasion and his equally well-trained powers of self-deprecation. The entire experience leaves you saying, “Oh yes I do hate that about America…Oh, I hate myself for thinking that.”

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The Seventh Seal of Smug

If hipsters really are the harbingers of cultural end-times, then what sort of apocalypse have they wrought?

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The Films of Lech Majewski

These are the really artsy films that anyone who has ever wanted to parody experimental cinema has been waiting for.

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