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I suddenly started to worry that the only threat hippies might pose to the dominant culture nowadays was the personal-injury lawsuits they were likely to file from accidental falls due to uneven pavement. “I’m gathering my wa,” he said, his eyes closed like he was Charlie Parker listening to the bebop rhythms of the universe, his mind awash in Gravy.

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It's been noted before, by the likes of Marlon Brando and others, that art might be a socially sanctioned form of lying -- or confabulating, as neuroscientists might call it. Could this be true?

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Although there are those purists out there who still insist on reading actual books -- as in the kind that come from trees -- Amazon's grand pooh-bah Jeff Bezos announced last week that sales of e-books have now surpassed that of their analog counterparts.

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Dissident lefties, rejoice! After a long hiatus resulting from an office fire and a host of other problems, Thomas Frank's fearless cultural journal, The Baffler, is due to return this summer online and in print in all of its caustic, critical glory. (more)

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In his latest self-revelatory essay, our resident genius cartoonist tells a tale of triumph over the oppressive forces of consumerism -- or at least the security chief at Barnes & Noble. Call it an origin story, as this incident freed the author to fully become the inimitable Mr. Fish.In his latest self-revelatory essay, Mr. Fish, our resident genius cartoonist, tells a tale of triumph over the oppressive forces of consumerism.

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