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Jesse Berrett

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  • 13 years ago

    In a recent court case in Lynn, Massachusetts, a white mother attacked her neighborhood elementary school's enrollment policy, which prevented her daughter from attending in the interests of maintaining diversity, as racially discriminatory. For h...

  • 14 years ago

    According to our present government's understanding of the world, foreigners should listen to what we say, not watch what we do. If we claim that we stand for freedom without qualification, who cares that our attorney general has had 1200-plus Mid...

  • 14 years ago

    Jonathan Franzen knows his Pynchon, but he loves Dickens, too. Half brainiac hipster (like Brown classmates Rick Moody and Donald Antrim, he spins clued-in riffs almost without thinking), half social anatomist, Franzen finds the minor rivalries an...

  • 14 years ago

    Threaded throughout Film Forum's encyclopedic 50-film "NYPD" series are broad hints that the cops-'n'-crooks genre adores what it means to stamp out. Though policing ostensibly aims to reinstitute civic rectitude, film cop and film viewer alike cr...

  • 14 years ago

    Halfway through a stupefying freshman-year American studies lecture, I decided that my college education could best be furthered by inscribing the complete lyrics to Quiet Riot's "Metal Health" (don't pretend you've forgotten—"bang your head!...

  • 16 years ago

    If you happen across George Pelecanos's novels on the mystery racks, you'll probably figure him for testosterone injection #300, another interchangeable James W. Hall/Ridley Pearson local colorist dog-paddling through Carl Hiaasen's backwash. That...

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