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Treasury Foils Cultural Exchange With Cuba

The New York Philharmonic was all set to fly into Cuba and jam, until the Treasury Department decided the patrons footing the bill couldn’t go. That’s pretty insulting to Cuba, considering that the same posse of musicians and rich people was cleared for a trip to North Korea.

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Ciao, Gourmet: More Magazines Go the Way of the Dodo

Here it is, people: further sobering evidence of The Decline of Print Media. The latest publications to give up their inky ghosts include a longtime fixture in the foodie world, Gourmet, as well as two bridal and one parenting magazine, all under the umbrella of publishing giant Conde Nast.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


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Tracy Quan on Class Anxieties

Julian Fellowes’ novel “Past Imperfect” provides a compelling fictive crossroads where the myths and realities of class collide.

Posted on Oct 2, 2009 READ MORE



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Capitalism Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Michael Moore’s latest look at what’s wrong (and right) with America is a lot better—and a lot more radical—than some of the brie-eaters reviewing it think. It’s a cry from the soul of a man who sees the whole country turning into his hometown hell of Flint, Mich.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Want to Reach Moviegoers? Go Online

It’s official: Movie marketers can no longer afford to ignore social networking sites. This may strike some as a foregone conclusion (i.e., duh), but those in the industry who are still resisting the all-consuming pull of online vortexes like Facebook and Twitter are doing so at their own peril, according to the new “Moviegoers 2010” report.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Polanski Preps for a Fight After Arrest

Director Roman Polanski’s 1977 sex crime case has become an international and intergenerational saga, now that members of at least four governments have become involved, the former minor in question has grown up and requested that the issue be put to rest, and the original judge has been dead since 1993. However, after Polanski’s arrest last Saturday in Zurich, it’s clear this drama is far from over. Updated

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Psychology, Metaphors and You

Can you tell your metaphors from your synecdoches? These terms may trigger bad freshman English flashbacks, but at least when it comes to metaphors, they’re more important than you might think; in fact, they might just be intrinsic to how you think.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Eve Pell on Old Money and Its Discontents

Tad Friend’s vivid memoir offers an insider’s guide to the peculiar anthropological habits of America’s now nearly extinct WASP ruling establishment.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE



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Leonard Cohen Defies Boycott to Perform in Israel

Leonard Cohen performed in a soccer stadium near Tel Aviv on Thursday over the objections of activists who want artists and entertainers to stay away from the Holy Land. Unlike Madonna, as The Washington Post points out, Cohen donated his earnings to Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation and managed to avoid wrapping himself in the Israeli flag.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


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China at Odds With WTO Over Media Import Rules

It’s not the first time that objections have been raised over the kinds of values promoted, whether explicitly or implicitly, by media products hailing from the general vicinity of Hollywood, but this time the issue concerns a whole country taking on a major international commercial coalition: China and the World Trade Organization, respectively.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


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