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The True Actor

Jacinto Lucas Pires’ award-winning novel, “The True Actor,” is the perfect illustration of writer Pedro Mexia’s statement: “Portugal is traveling through a black tunnel where the light at the end is merely a train about to crash into it.”

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Inside the Nazis’ Model Concentration Camp

Theresienstadt was a most peculiar institution. It was created by the Nazis as a “model” camp—“Hitler’s gift to the Jews,” as the saying went—designed to placate the Red Cross and other international inspectors when they came calling.

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Republican Fundraiser, Diplomat, Celebrity Cherub Shirley Temple Black Dies at 85

She had many lives, but before becoming the most famous and photographed American, child actor phenom Shirley Temple was locked in a box and forced to sit on a block of ice.

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Arab-Iranian Poet Hanged as an ‘Enemy of God’

Human rights activist and bard Hashem Shaabani, who was a vocal critic of “the treatment of ethnic Arabs in the province of Khuzestan,” was executed in Iran in late January after almost three years in prison, where he was reportedly tortured. 

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Call Me Burroughs

William S. Burroughs, the subject of a new biography, probes methods of subjugation—drugs, torture, sex, laws, cults, brainwashing and language. Still, there is always “one Mark you cannot beat. The Mark Inside.”

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RoboFlop

The new “RoboCop” film is a sterling example of how runaway corporatism flattens and sanitizes satirical art, Ben Walters writes at The Guardian.

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Trove of Images From the French Revolution Now Available Online

A digital archive containing 14,000 graphics from the period of upheaval is available for your viewing pleasure courtesy of Stanford University Libraries.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46

The Oscar-winning portrayer of “slovenly and slightly dissipated figures was found dead Sunday in his apartment with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm.”

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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.”

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