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Primal Scream's 'Screamadelica' and the Altered State

In the context of Primal Scream's prior and subsequent career, Screamadelica is a miracle. It's a rock record about discovering Ecstasy, rave culture, and the music that went with it.

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'Life Itself', From One of the Few Writers of the Modern Era Who Can Express Joy Without Schmaltz

Roger Ebert describes the movie of his life, lending his unique outlook to his childhood, his relationship with Gene Siskel, and his recent battle with cancer.

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'El Sicario' Neither Repulses nor Surprises

For good reason, there's a $250,000 bounty on the head of the eponymous sicario, who believes he has been chosen by God to educate others about the lengths to which the Juárez and Sinaloa cartels will go to gain control of the plaza.

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'The Horse That Leaps Through Cloud' Documents China's Silk Road, Faded and Unraveling

The various threads of Eric Enno Tamm's journey converge and he offers as lucid an insight into China’s malaise as any foreigner could be expected to provide.

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The Wrong Man in Hitler's Berlin: 'In the Garden of Beasts'

Drawing on a huge range of diaries, letters, memoirs and official documents, Erik Larson dismisses stereotypes in favour of rounded, human characters, no matter their political persuasion

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'The Typewriter is Holy': The Beat Generation Put to Paper

Bill Morgan’s success here is the documentation of Allen Ginsberg’s development from a shy and desperate young man, eager to please his charismatic peers, to a strong and assured figure, involved with developing the careers of his fellow artists.

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After Fukushima: An Interview with Dr. Robert Jacobs

Last week, PopMatters sat down with Dr. Robert Jacobs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute at Hiroshima University to discuss the impact, toll, and future that Japan faces following the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. His insights shed much light on what has happened and what will take place in the near future ...

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Of Writing Men: David Remnick’s 'King of the World'

Last year, David Remnick received huge attention for The Bridge, his biography of Barack Obama. Eschewing the conventions of the form, the New Yorker editor focussed not on Obama’s private life but his public rise to senator and eventually president of the United States. It is a trick he also employed in 1998’s King of the World, a biography of another African-American icon, Muhammad Ali.

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