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After The Rapture, Who Are ‘The Leftovers’?

Earlier this year, California-based preacher Harold Camping announced that the beginning of the end of the world would take place […]

1-800-EARWORM: The Commercials That You Can’t Forget

I had been writing about Charlie’s Angels a bit recently, so I shouldn’t have been surprised, I guess, when I […]

‘Train Dreams’ Evokes Frontier Life, Fate And Death

Think of the spare straight lines of a Grant Wood engraving. Denis Johnson’s striking new short novel about life, fate […]

On Location: ‘Fort Apache,’ A War Zone In The Bronx

When the film Fort Apache, The Bronx, starring Paul Newman as a conflicted cop patrolling a neighborhood ravaged by poverty […]

Sell Your Hoard: The Canny Cocktail Of Fox’s ‘Buried Treasure’

There are two kinds of household-junk reality shows at the moment. One is valuable-stuff shows, where people’s stuff turns out […]

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If You Wish ‘Top Chef’ Were More High-Strung, Welcome Back ‘Just Desserts’

Some spin-offs are pointless; watered-down versions of their original selves, without purpose or energy. But some are like Top Chef: […]

‘Color Line’ Still A Potent Force In The U.S.

While many hoped Barack Obama’s presidency would usher in a post-racial period in America, law professor Randall Kennedy says the […]

‘Endless’ Amour: A Steamy Story Of Teenage Passion

Upon reading the deeply serious opening of Scott Spencer’s Endless Love, you will very likely laugh out loud. The tone […]

‘Iron Crows’: Surviving In A Toxic Shipyard

“Well, it beats working in the salt mines.” Homespun expressions like these help people shrug off a tough day at […]

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