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Film, "Pink Ribbons, Inc.": Unwrapping Some Ugly Truths

"Pink Ribbons, Inc.": Unwrapping Some Ugly Truths

An exposé in the purest, most pissed-off sense, director Léa Pool's Pink Ribbons, Inc. digs into the bizarre elision of philanthropy, corporate sponsorship, and sanitized pseudo-activism that comprises the breast-cancer-awareness industry. The hallmark of this "movement," of course, is the…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Right to Be Deranged

The Right to Be Deranged

A good way to defeat (or at least derail) an absurd line of reasoning is mockery. The more you mock, the louder and more defensive the absurdist gets. Eventually the absurdist gives up. (Or maybe he hits you, but for…
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Film, "Happy": Doc About Happiness Is So Shallow It's Depressing

"Happy": Doc About Happiness Is So Shallow It's Depressing

Fresh as a summer breeze, and as substantial, Genghis Blues director Roko Belic's new film zips across a dozen countries in an effort to pass along the secret of happiness — defined in an early scene as the joy expressed…
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Culture, Books I, Me, Media

I, Me, Media

I am here to tell you how to write for Harper's Magazine. Not having done it myself should not be a problem. Any self-respecting and/or self-deluding long-form journalist at least wants to write for Harper's. I will find out how…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day by Day Picks

This Week's Day by Day Picks

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Modern-day Nellie Bly Barbara Ehrenreich got down on her hands and knees and cleaned toilets as research for her best-selling exposé of the world of the working poor, Nickel and Dimed. She reports that she enjoyed…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Molto Bene

Molto Bene

SUN-SUN 11/14-21 Italian cinema's heyday was indubitably in the 1960s and '70s, when directors like Pasolini, Antonioni, and Fellini made films with undeniable influence. Since then, despite the occasional breakthrough (Il Postino and Life Is Beautiful come to mind), the…
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Culture, Stage Chronicles of the Working Class

Chronicles of the Working Class

Books about wage labor happen every generation. The 1930s had George Orwell, Upton Sinclair, and John Steinbeck; the '60s had journalism like Studs Terkel's; the last decade's recession and boom have inspired memoirs about being out on your ass like…
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