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We need more of these

Foreign policy would make more sense to such a large group of people if we could reliably often discuss it using rap feuds as examples. Tongue could be firmly planted in cheek here, but Marc Lynch makes a coup...
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Republicans be crazy!

Tab dump! So I've got three articles sitting in my Firefox window, and I need to get rid of them if I'm going to scratch this itch at the back of my brain. Over the weekend last week three separate articles...
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A word of inspiration

So, I got unemployed a long time ago (back in March, he says, dusting off the cobwebs from Overthinking It), and was sitting in my apartment applying for jobs with my girlfriend this morning, when I came across...
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Watchmen is not as weird as it should be

The deconstructionist middle finger of Alan Moore's "Watchmen" showed an industry built around taking masked heroes seriously just how silly it was. It was the punk kid in the back of the classroom who knew...
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Friday the 13th is only good in context

The hardest kind of review to write is a review for a mediocre film. I didn't hate "Friday the 13th" as much as I hated "The Day the Earth Stood Still," and I certainly didn't love the movie as much as I loved ...
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Remembering John Updike

John Updike, one of the most critically acclaimed American authors of the 20th century, died in Danvers, Mass. on Jan. 26. Mr. Updike had been battling lung cancer. He was 76. The author of the "Rabbit" s...
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Got Harvey Milk?

The openly gay Van Sant makes a movie about an openly gay politician. Is it a gay movie? Not explicitly. It's a movie about hope, and a movie about changing the world.
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“Spook Country”

It would appear that the man who gave us culturally ubiquitous terms "Cyberspace" and "The Matrix" (both from his landscape-shattering breakout novel "Neuromancer") has been blown ...