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  • 9 years ago

    "See Europe if you will, but see America first," begs the slogan of a 1906 Salt Lake City conference on national tourism. Quickly parse the syntax of this motto, and discover that the emphasis is not merely on exploring the rugged American frontie...

  • 10 years ago

    The mélange of mission myths and mass-market celluloid alchemy that constitutes the history of "Los Angeles" leaves ample space for metaphysical inquiry. In the 2003 film-essay Los Angeles Plays Itself, Thom Andersen journeyed in search of ...

  • 10 years ago

    Emo is the operative word of this debut novel, titled after an Elliott Smith song and prefaced by a Death Cab quote, a chronicle of "the tsunami of sadness and regret" in the wake of—what else?—a breakup. Having already written a definit...

  • 10 years ago

    Perpetually toeing the line that divides hilariously poor taste from forced humanitarian concern, the brothers Farrelly are now caught in a purgatory somewhere between John Waters and Frank Capra. Perhaps as penance for There's Something About Mar...

  • 10 years ago

    Aiming to provide Soundgarden-level alternative comedy at indie-rock prices, stumpy psycho-liberal Patton Oswalt hitched three fellow comics to an RV and hit the gas pedal, documentary crew in tow. They toured under the quotidian titular moniker, ...

  • 10 years ago

    In a year full of pained semi-admissions of pharmacological tomfoolery, fans of Major League Baseball also heard this testimony: "Therapy is an incredible thing, and you might get to know someone you didn't even know was in there." This was Alex R...

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