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The Great Gatsby Re-Incarnated a la Don Draper and Barack Obama

It’s human nature to Gatsby-ize others, whether it’s for the pleasures of unsatisfied curiosity, or slander, or just plain sport.

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The Power of Now

There’s an old saying that “patience is a virtue.” Not anymore.

Film

Violence Unchained

There’s a fine line between showing violence and fetishizing it. Have we crossed it?

Culture

The Other L Word

Democrats have returned the term 'Liberal' to the political lexicon. Long live the 'L'.

Politics

Hope and Change Still Matters

Call it “hope and change”, call it pride, call it any number of things, but the feeling boils down to this: I’m rooting for President Obama.

Technology

Cell Phones and the 'Entourage' Effect

Celebrities aren’t the only ones with an entourage, anymore. Anyone with a cellphone has his or her own entourage, too.

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I Miss Anticipa-a-a-tion, Which Used to Keepin’ Me Waitin’ Like a Polaroid Picture

A Polaroid picture wasn’t just a gimmick, it was genius and it embodied both instant gratification and a heightened sense of anticipation

Television

From 'Little Women' to 'Girls'

Hannah of Girls is not your grandmother’s fictional heroine, but she's a worthy, modern-day descendant.

Film

It's Deja Vu: 'Network' Still Has a Finger on the Pulse of Culture, 36 Years Later

If you were to tell women in 1976 that, 36 years later, women who work exclusively in the home and those who also work outside the home would be pitted against each other, they wouldn’t have believed it.

Politics

Politics R Us, or, Who's Your Daddy?

Rich white guys are not the only ones who can be counted among the 1%. The label is not just about income, it’s also about privilege and position… and nepotism.

Music

Passing on the Crown: From Whitney to Adele

Adele, more than most stars I can think of—and certainly more than Whitney—seems to have had the chance to simply be herself.

Internet

My Own Private Amazon

You’re a clever Casanova, Amazon. You knew if you could win my love with books, there’d be no stopping us.

Technology

Geniuses Are People, Too

Creative geniuses don’t succeed despite their flaws, they succeed because they are flawed.

Film

Just Another Pretty Woman: The Who’s Who of Hookers in Film

How did playing a prostitute or stripper become de rigeur for Hollywood actresses?

Politics

Your Brain in the Voting Booth

President Obama may not be everything people’s brains deceived them into thinking he was, but he’s who he said he would be all along.

Fashion

Talking About My Generation, 'Mad Men' Style

Getting older during the '60s was a cruel fate: it was unfair; it was depressing. But, in some respects, it was a party compared to getting older these days.

Film

Where’s Woody?

What does an artist the caliber of Woody Allen do when he’s reached the pinnacle of his artistic accomplishment -- while only in his early 40s?

Television

Oprah May Say Goodbye, But I Say Hello

Not since the Beatles broke up has there been such a communal feeling of abandonment as there is with Oprah's final airing of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Books

When Did Trying to Be Good Start Feeling So Bad?

Now don’t get me wrong—of course I believe in saving the planet (at least until scientists determine if there are other inhabitable planets with better mobile phone service), but there's gotta be a limit.

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In the Oft-Reviled Genre of Memoirs, Here are Some Memoirs to Love

A subgenre has emerged that should placate memoirphobes and please memoirfiles: the artist-teacher memoir.

Television

Gotta Be 'In Treatment'

Loss is a necessary part of life, sure, but must it be a necessary part of TV?

Politics

You've Got a Long Way to Go, Baby

Has this 2010 US campaign season turned into a referendum on women?

Culture

Life in the Age of Authentic Artifice

We're mastering the art of presenting a persona rather than a person -- each becoming a distorted version of ourselves, further and further removed from the real thing.


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