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The Poems of François Villon

François Villon, the medieval French poet, was a champion of the underclass—street thugs, pimps, gamblers, petty criminals, prostitutes. No poet has ever written of the refuse of society with such compassion.

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This TV Show Predicted NSA Surveillance Right Down to the Edward Snowden Whistle-Blower

The writers of the CBS drama “Person of Interest” either have remarkable powers of prediction or a top-notch surveillance operation of their own.

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Mr. Fish

Chain Linked

On Feb. 25 the Santa Monica City Council votes on whether Paul Conrad’s peace sculpture should be knocked over and replaced with retail development. Because nothing says we should work to prevent nuclear self-annihilation like a Tommy Bahama, a food court and a lighted fountain full of pennies tossed by shoppers wishing for world peace with their eyes closed.

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Melville House

Hannah Arendt’s Last Interview

“To think critically is always to be hostile,” political philosopher Hannah Arendt declared before her death in 1975. “Thinking itself is such a dangerous enterprise.”

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livandingmar.com

The One Movie From 2013 You Have to See

In short, the movie year ends, as they almost always do, in disappointment that verges on dismay. But there is hope.

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Dalkey Archive Press

The House With a Sunken Courtyard

The narrator of this Korean novel recalls the year that his family spent living alongside four other struggling families in the cramped quarters of a formerly grand old house in the wake of the Korean War.

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ted.com

TED, Reconsidered

Ah, TED talks. They boast the veneer of prestige, the promise of innovation, and many have gone viral seemingly irrespective of the actual merit of their content. What gives?

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W.W. Norton

No Humbug Here

This year, try reading instead of watching “A Christmas Carol,” and pay attention to its apolitical, even reactionary views on social change. There’s more to this Dickens classic than Alastair Sims and the Muppets.

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The Professor of Truth

The new novel by Scotland’s James Robertson, based on the Lockerbie bombing, is a thought-provoking portrayal of grief, loss, injustice and the tragedy of someone imprisoned by his certainty.

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Knopf

Diane Ravitch Reviews ‘Reign of Error’ Review: ‘Beautiful’

It’s always nice when, tasked with writing a book review involving a key figure in a certain field of which one is well acquainted, one ultimately has good things to say about the book in question.

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