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Ireland’s Troubled Embrace With the Arts

The infrastructure built to support the arts during the economic boom has been pinched by the subsequent crisis for five long years. Music director Gerry Godley acquaints outsiders with the official stumbling and staggering.

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Cybersexism Reviewed

Rather than engaging “a transgressive subculture that embodies many of the internet’s most celebrated radical qualities,” New Statesman editor Laurie Penny in her new book “blames the misogyny of geek counterculture on a host of unhip and easily mocked caricatures: conservatives, jocks, tabloids and traditional mainstream masculinity.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



The Sochi Project

This remarkable photo book explores the impoverished people and conflict-ridden region surrounding Sochi, home of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. It’s not what Putin wants the world to see.

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Himmler’s Secret Diaries and Letters Uncovered

Letters, photos and diaries belonging to Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler have been discovered in Israel, revealing greater detail about one of the men who was directly responsible for the Holocaust.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



On Such a Full Sea

Chang-rae Lee’s new novel is a haunting, deeply unnerving critique of a spiritually stunted community kept satisfied with basic comforts and the promise of protection from a threatening world. (Are you getting all this, NSA?) 

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



Beats Music

How Beats Music Drove Me Back to Spotify

In an overcrowded market, Spotify holds on to a special cachet.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



Northwestern University Press

The Poems of François Villon

François Villon, the medieval French poet, was a champion of the underclass—street thugs, pimps, gamblers, petty criminals, prostitutes. No poet has ever written of the refuse of society with such compassion.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



This TV Show Predicted NSA Surveillance Right Down to the Edward Snowden Whistle-Blower

The writers of the CBS drama “Person of Interest” either have remarkable powers of prediction or a top-notch surveillance operation of their own.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Chain Linked

On Feb. 25 the Santa Monica City Council votes on whether Paul Conrad’s peace sculpture should be knocked over and replaced with retail development. Because nothing says we should work to prevent nuclear self-annihilation like a Tommy Bahama, a food court and a lighted fountain full of pennies tossed by shoppers wishing for world peace with their eyes closed.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE    



Melville House

Hannah Arendt’s Last Interview

“To think critically is always to be hostile,” political philosopher Hannah Arendt declared before her death in 1975. “Thinking itself is such a dangerous enterprise.”

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE


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