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Schlubs, Pick-Up Artists and Nerds: Hollywood Gets Its Close-Up in the Isla Vista Debate

As is always the case when catastrophic outbursts can be in any way linked to entertainment and mass culture, some critics have zoomed in on Hollywood as a fomenting agent for grandiose and antisocial delusions that wind their way into volatile minds like Elliot Rodger’s—and everyone else’s, for that matter.

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Renowned Poet and Civil Rights Activist Maya Angelou Dies at 86

“You may write me down in history/ With your bitter, twisted lies/You may tread me in the very dirt/But still, like dust, I’ll rise,” Maya Angelou wrote in one of her many forceful, unforgettable poems.

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Stokely: A Life

For too long, this country has relegated its militant black figures to the margins of the historical record. A new biography of Stokely Carmichael is a major antidote to that problem.

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Will the Mighty Blockbuster Fail and the People Be Saved?

As “Godzilla” storms the box office this weekend, observers note that the entertainment industry’s lust for high profits via mega-hits is narrowing the number and kinds of stories told and amplifying conformity among the public.

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Remember Me Like This

Bret Anthony Johnston’s first novel is the emotionally subtle tale of a long-missing child’s unexpected return and a family’s complicated recovery.

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CapitaLetters Review of ‘No Place to Hide’

Glenn Greenwald’s new book makes a compelling case about the rightness of Edward Snowden’s actions.

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‘Stand Up Planet’: Hasan Minhaj Follows the Funny Around the Globe

Hasan Minhaj wants everyone to see “Stand Up Planet.” But that’s not because he’s the host—Minhaj believes the documentary shows how comedy can change the world a joke at a time.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



Robert Scheer’s Mini Review of Glenn Greenwald’s New Book

It is 4 a.m. and I have just finished reading, in one sitting, the Kindle download of a book that I intended only to skim because I thought that I knew the full story.

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Meet Kim Jong Il’s Personal Poet Laureate

As spin-doctoring goes, Jang Jin Sung had one of the world’s hardest jobs.

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A Broken Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen’s music was like “cluster bombs,” Liel Leibovitz writes. “They dropped fast, penetrated deeply, and set off a series of ongoing explosions that resonated long after they were first heard.”

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