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Black Like Me: The 50th Anniversary Edition by John Howard Griffin

This is a book that discusses, quite simply, man’s inhumanity to man – man’s denial of humanity to man -- on a sort of ground-floor instinctual level that not only compels the reader to respond in kind, but further insists they think about their response.

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Wings

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Wings Press

Television

The Most Reluctant Spy: Sky One's 'Spy'

Spy is honestly a wonderful thing to watch. Basically, everything that's wrong with this show is technical, fixable stuff. What's right about it -- if nurtured properly -- has the opportunity to become one of the classic Britcoms of the new decade.

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SkyOne, Hulu.com

Books

PJ O'Rourke Takes a Holiday from Relevance in 'Holidays in Heck'

Legendary humourist PJ O’Rourke probably could stand some nice normal-type family vacations more than most. Whether they're good for his writing career, on the other hand, is a fairly open question.

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SkyOne; Hulu.com

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

Television

Horrible Histories: Or, How Children's TV Grew Up in a Hurry

Nominally a kiddie series, the TV adaptation of Horrible Histories has a sharp comic intelligence. It might just be one of the most successful original comedy shows to appear in years.

Books

Playwriting for Dummies: When What You Really Want to Do Is Direct

This is not actually about how to become a Molière; as it turns out there isn’t really a place for him anymore, or for much else in the playwriting field, apparently.

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Wiley Publishing

Television

The 10 Most Spectacular Screwups in Television History

Come with us now (rattles chains, Marley-style) as we take a cautionary look back at the 10 most spectacular mistakes of TV executives past…

Books

From the Escapist Thriller Standpoint, 'Hot, Shot and Bothered' Has a Lot Going for It

'Smart and tough' Lilly Hawkins well may be; unfortunately -- as in all stories in the Quirky, Neurotic Singleton genre from which this one borrows heavily -- all of this is more or less keyed into how long the reader can tolerate a character’s self-absorption.

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Souvenir Press

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IT Books (HarperCollins)

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'Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?' The Answer May Not Surprise You

Generation X's obsession with their own entertainment hits the printed page, and it's totally radical!... if only the authors' ambitions weren't still lost in cyberspace.


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