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Gone With the Wind
warnerbros.com

‘Gone With the Wind’ Turns 70

For a film that’s far from issue-free, what with its petulant, privileged protagonists and its sometimes squirm-inducing portrayal of racial and class politics during the last days of the Old South, “Gone With the Wind” has aged remarkably well over the last 70 years, and it still figures among the top cinematic success stories of all time.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Charlie Riedel

Tiger Woods Bows Out of Golf ... for Now

To what degree does the image of a sports icon become tarnished by his or her off-field activities? Should it matter? And does it all ultimately come down to what advertisers care about, or are there any interests beyond the financial in play in the case of Tiger Woods’ decision to take an “indefinite break from professional golf” ... ? (continued)

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Richard Ellis on Dinosaurs

A revelatory new book by Scott D. Sampson, one of our leading dinosaur paleontologists, suggests we have much to learn about extinction, global warming and energy flow from the biological experience of the charismatic beasts that roamed the Earth more than 60 million years ago.

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Downsizing Charlie Brown’s Christmas

The cartoon “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a classic that offers us an endearing and memorable message against yuletide commercialism. But ABC must not have been paying attention, as it cut several key scenes from the program to add even more space for—you guessed it—advertisements.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons/The Boss~Live!

Springsteen Pipes Up for Gay Marriage in New Jersey

Gay marriage advocates in New Jersey can count The Boss among their supporters. On Wednesday, Bruce Springsteen posted a statement on his Web site saying that he “couldn’t agree more” with Gov. Jon Corzine’s assessment that the marriage-equality legislation that’s under consideration in the Garden State represents “a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law.”

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE



Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art

Missing Album From Hitler’s Fantasy Museum Found in Ohio

The world’s most famous failed art student planned to build a “Fü hrermuseum” in his hometown and fill it with his favorite (and often ill-gotten) art—photos of which were collected first in various scrapbooks. One of those volumes was just discovered in the Ohio home of a WWII veteran, who decided to have it returned to Germany.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


Sofia Tolstoy
amazon.com

The Life and Times of Mrs. Leo Tolstoy

Turns out that being married to Russian literary giant Leo Tolstoy wasn’t always a recipe for a good time. Sure, there was the excitement of helping him realize his loftiest artistic ambitions, but Sofia Tolstoy, wife of 48 years and mother of the author’s 13 children, eventually discovered that she would lose her husband to his religious convictions before losing him for good.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


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youtube.com

Tupac Makes the Vatican’s Cut

It’s kind of sweetly dorky, like your grandpa finally figuring out how to use his iPod or something, but the Vatican has apparently discovered the late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur and has gone so far as to include one of his songs, “Changes,” among a lineup of eight tunes on “The Vatican’s Playlist” (which has its own MySpace page!).

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Joerg Sarbach

These Iranian Troubadours Show How Music Can Corrupt the Soul

Music and Islam have a dodgy relationship. I guess it’s really all to do with that most jealously guarded commodity, the human soul, over which music exerts such passion.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


iPhone orchestra
nytimes.com

The iPhone as Musical Instrument

It was a sonorous synthesis of computer science, musical innovation and some of the best kind of product placement imaginable when Stanford University professor Ge Wang convened the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra on Thursday. Here we have a group of people who have figured out how to play compositions including Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” (performed near the end of this YouTube clip) on their smartphones.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


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