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'Imaginary Cities' Is a Book to Enjoy Getting Lost In

In charting the cities of human fancy, Darran Anderson has created the opposite of an atlas.

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Influx

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Influx Press

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"Sarge, should we hate the Jerries?": Examining 'Charley's War'

There is a corner of the British comics industry that is forever devoted to the portrayal of warfare.

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'World War One: The Centenary Collection' Remembers, But Does Not Memorialize, the War

Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI.

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'Ripper Street' Is a Smart, Witty and Humane Drama

Ripper Street's greatest strength is to avoid direct reference to the killings as an investigative project and to treat them as traumatic events from which its characters are trying to recover.

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The 'Mad Dogs' Are Fast on a Road to Nowhere

The desperate foursome are running from themselves and don't notice the Afrikaans sign, ‘Oppad na nerens'. ‘On the road to nowhere’.

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'Peaky Blinders' Offers Violent Reminders of England's Forgotten Midland

Like Jimmy Darmody, his Boardwalk Empire counterpart, Tommy Shelby has grown up to find all Gods dead and all faiths in man shaken -- but not quite all wars fought.

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I Am the Danger: The Death of Walt and the Rise of Heisenberg

People ask Bryan Cranston where the "rise" of sinister alter-ego Heisenberg comes from. He says from the first episode, when he tried to be someone else. Yet the dark truths of his journey downhill reveal so much more.

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Victims of the Machine Inhabit 'A Passage to India'

All the characters are in thrall to their institutions, whether they be the English legal system in the case of Heaslop, of English-led colleges for Fielding, or the larger institution of the British Raj itself.

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Old Crimes. Old Cops. New Tricks. 'The Best of New Tricks'

If there's a subtext to New Tricks, it's that modern policing is too cautious, too sterile to handle the rough and tumble of proper police work. To really nail the bad guys, coppers need to be free to be themselves, unencumbered by the constraints of political correctness.

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The Lebanon War as a Buddy Movie: 'Zaytoun'

Despite the ever present threat of air raids, gunfire and ordnance, boys will still be boys and despite a seemingly intractable conflict, friendships can still develop in defiance of mundane borders.

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The Noël Coward Trilogy

Covering Coward’s life from its inauspicious beginnings through his huge successes is a project of some ambition, and it is no small praise to report that it is done very well, indeed.

Michael Noble
Books

The United Symbolism of America by Robert Hieronimus and Laura Cortner

The symbols aren’t sinister -- we’ve just forgotten how to read them. These days, if something isn’t clear in a literal sense, it is inherently suspicious.

Michael Noble

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