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  • 8 years ago

    Clive James is the quintessential critic at large, what someone who delves into many subjects used to be called. James has written memoirs, novels, books of poetry, and much nonfiction. He is familiar to the British public as the host of televisio...

  • 9 years ago

    The Andre Gide epigraph of The Deer Park would serve Norman Mailer's new novel, The Castle in the Forest, equally well: "Do not understand me too quickly." Any novel about Hitler, or, for that matter, any other world-historical figure, is doomed t...

  • 10 years ago

    You could infer from the production notes that Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain would be useful if it came in a spray can: Spritz a little on a fundamentalist and change him into a liberal, or neutralize a whole church basement of rednecks with a full...

  • 10 years ago

    February 18, 1992 FUNNY MR. BILL Sixteen and time to pay off i get this job in a piss factory inspecting pipe. forty hours thirty-six dollars a week but it's a paycheck, jack. -Patti Smith Up close, Bill Clinton looks like he's covered in fresh fe...

  • 11 years ago

    Like Maria Callas's voice, Susan Sontag's mind, to borrow a phrase from the great filmmaker Werner Schroeter (one of countless underappreciated artists Sontag championed), was "a comet passing once in a hundred years." In a dauntingly, often vicio...

  • 11 years ago

    A Parliament that undertakes to legalize a coup d'État is merely signing its own death warrant. —Curzio Malaparte, Coup d'État: The Technique of Revolution And in the end the age was handed/The sort of shit that it demanded. ...

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