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That Time Musician Anthony D’Amato Went to a Donald Trump Rally and Wrote a Song About It

And now for a Tuesday musical interlude, featuring the tuneful stylings of singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato, who used his experience at a recent Trump rally in Long Island, N.Y., as research for his new song, “If You’re Gonna Build A Wall.”

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Muhammad Ali, by the Book

He may be the only athlete who merits an entire college course. Here are the books that would make up the curriculum.

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Desert Trip Festival Producer Reverses Policy on Seating

AEG Live has reinstated its original plan to allow concertgoers to bring blankets and chairs to the sold-out event in October.

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Their Promised Land

Were Ian Buruma not an acclaimed historian, this book would probably never have been published. Yet the story of his grandparents, which spans both world wars, is full of resonance for contemporary Europe’s struggle with mass immigration and national identity.

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Los Angeles Film Festival Reframes African-American Struggle With Two Empowering Films

In this era of submissive-slave characters, black tokenism and underrepresentation of people of color in Hollywood, “The House on Coco Road” and the 2016 version of “The Birth of a Nation” flip the script.

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‘What I Learned at Leadership Camp’

What is leadership? “An ideological construct deployed to legitimize power and domination in the state and the labor process,” writes a law professor who was subjected to one of the most agonizing torments known to humankind: a weeklong corporate leadership training seminar.

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When you search for shoes or a hotel online, Google is watching you. But so are armies of marketers, psychologists and neurologists. They want to know why you chose what you chose. A new book parses what we know about the science of personal preferences.

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Powerful Exhibits on Both Coasts Explore Borders and the Plight of Refugees

Artists at galleries in Los Angeles and New York zoom in on some of the world’s 60,000 displaced people—and one “solution” for dealing with them.

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Crimeless Indian Village Suggests People Can Live Without Even Basic Security Measures

In remote Shani Shinganapur, homes lack front doors and merchants never lock their shops.

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Groucho: The Comedy of Existence

“Groucho and his brothers are outlaws, outcasts, and singular reproaches to society’s injustices and hypocrisies ... with deep roots in Jewish forms of irony and dissent,” author Lee Siegel writes. The famous dance sequence with Harpo leading a troupe of black children and adults, often dismissed as “another instance of Hollywood racism, is, on the contrary, as strong a statement of racial equality as you can find on the world of film.”

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