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Civilization and Its Malcontents

Staring open-mouthed at 17 in my Buddy Holly glasses, chinstrap beard, espresso-stained insides, putrid Chuck Taylors and newsprint-smudged fingertips, I wondered what had happened to the world into which I was hoping to enter so well rehearsed.

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Exclusive: Ry Cooder’s ‘No Banker Left Behind’

The legendary musician tells Robert Scheer that his new album, including a song inspired by one of Scheer’s Truthdig columns, was written out of feeling frustrated, helpless and angry with current events.

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Ain’t Nothin’ but a Guy Thing

Seventeen-year-old Scotty McCreery just won “American Idol,” making him the sixth guy to win in 10 competitions. That’s not so unbalanced overall, but McCreery is the fourth male singer in the last four years to win. Viewers of the show select the winner, either by phone, text or online. This year Fox recorded 122 million votes.

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A Shakespeare Refresher for President Obama

He didn’t say he was a jelly doughnut, but President Obama wasn’t quite up to snuff during his visit to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night. First, there was the matter of his talking over “God Save the Queen” during his toast to Queen Elizabeth II ... (more)

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Behold the Triumph of the E-Book

Although there are those purists out there who still insist on reading actual books—as in the kind that come from trees—Amazon’s grand pooh-bah Jeff Bezos announced last week that sales of e-books have now surpassed that of their analog counterparts.

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‘Midnight in Paris’: Tripping the City of Light Fantastic

Gil (Owen Wilson) is lolling on some steps in Paris, contemplating his moderately unhappy fate when an antique automobile pulls up and no less than F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda invite him to join them. In, as it happens, the 1920s, in the City of Light.

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Thomas Frank

The Baffler Is Back

Dissident lefties, rejoice! After a long hiatus resulting from an office fire and a host of other problems, Thomas Frank’s fearless cultural journal, The Baffler, is due to return this summer online and in print in all of its caustic, critical glory. (more)

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Love Among the Beasts

Reviewing Erik Larson’s “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” the author makes his case for “one good thing about the Nazis” and wagers that this romantic thriller of a memoir will hit it big.

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Cannes Bans Von Trier for Nazi Zingers

If he was indeed joking, Lars Von Trier needs to work a bit on his act, not to mention the material. The notoriously difficult Danish director shocked the crowd at France’s Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday by proclaiming, during a panel about his new film, “Melancholia” ... (more)

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‘Goodnight Moon’ It Ain’t

This is a story about a very unusual kind of children’s book—or rather, a book that looks a lot like a children’s book until you read the fine print, at which time it becomes apparent that author Adam Mansbach actually wrote “Go the Fuck to Sleep” for exasperated ... (more)

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