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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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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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Peter O’Toole, Star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ Dead at 81

The actor’s 1962 portrayal of an English ally of embattled Arabs is a high water mark of cinema. Long after overcoming stomach cancer in the 1970s, O’Toole died in a London hospital following an illness.

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Story of a Death Foretold

It has been 40 years since the CIA helped oust a democratically elected government in Chile, leaving President Salvador Allende sprawled on a couch with part of his skull gone. Oscar Guardiola-Rivera tells the story of “that other September 11.”

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Top Authors Lend Their Names to Anti-Surveillance Campaign

At least they’ll put it really well: A coalition of more than 500 major writers from some 81 countries has composed and signed a petition condemning the increasing violation of civilians’ privacy by state-sponsored surveillance programs.

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Another Casualty of L.A.’s Cultural Indifference?

The artistic record in a region that aspires to world-class status has been problematic when it comes to censorship and preservation.

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Money’s Triumph Over Art

Like the natural environment, the long decay of the established art world is picking up pace as the super rich shamelessly spend $60 million, $100 million, $140 million on works declared desirable by critics operating more as pimps for the wealthy than loving and enthusiastic guides, critic Jed Perl writes at The New Republic.

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Reign of Error

As educational reforms themselves grow ever more strident, standardized and, yes, totalitarian in structure, Diane Ravitch embodies the institutional memory that no totalitarian system can abide.

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Egypt’s Revolution: Director Jehane Noujaim Talks About Capturing the Tahrir Square Uprising

The Egyptian filmmaker says what happened in Tahrir forever changed the consciousness of the country.

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Runaway Capitalism Murders Another Artist

The resignation this month of Osmo Vanska from his decade-long role as director of the Minnesota Orchestra over salary disputes with the board spurred John Halle, director of studies in music theory and practice at Bard College, to argue that “the virtues of classical music are inherently hostile to [the] neoliberal mindset now dominant in all sectors of society.”

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