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Film, Film Feature March Proudly or Scuttle Guiltily into Theaters this Season, Depending

March Proudly or Scuttle Guiltily into Theaters this Season, Depending

9/4 Highbrow: Salinger If you want to know the truth, this documentary about reclusive author J.D. Salinger should be seen by both fans and phonies alike. Lowbrow: Riddick Vin Diesel finally gives up and just remakes Pitch Black. 9/13 Highbrow:…
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Culture, Art Return to Light: The End of Yisrael Feldsott's Self-Exile

Return to Light: The End of Yisrael Feldsott's Self-Exile

It's too simplistic to say that Yisrael K. Feldsott was the J.D. Salinger of the art world, but the parallels are entirely there. The early fame and adulation from critics. The obvious talent that was still peaking. And then the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Slaughterhouse Revisited

Slaughterhouse Revisited

Kurt Vonnegut isn’t merely the foul-mouthed author perennially popular among surly, booksmart teenagers. He was also a humane political satirist cut from the Mark Twain cloth, assuring him bogeyman status among the Fox News commentariat, and ensuring that his novels…
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Culture, Art Art Review: At "Teen Age" adults help teens expres their angst

Art Review: At "Teen Age" adults help teens expres their angst

The teenage years will always be about awkward transitions — dealing with overbearing parents and scholastic expectations (see J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye), being ostracized by peers and your own insecurities (see Janis Ian's song "Seventeen"), and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sharonnn!

Sharonnn!

If you think you’re quick with the cutting riposte, take a moment with this phrase: Ozzy Osbourne wrote a book. Okay? Go! How’d you do? If the best you came up with was “Ozzy knows how to write?” then shake…
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News, The Snitch J.D. Salinger: A War Writer of a Different Sort

J.D. Salinger: A War Writer of a Different Sort

J.D. Salinger, who died yesterday at the age of 91, is being eulogized as a novelist of adolescent angst. The names of his characters are shorthand for a kind of idealistic cynicism. We associated it with prep school drop-outs, or…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bibliomania by the Bay

Bibliomania by the Bay

Allison Hoover Bartlett's The Man Who Loved Books Too Much is book porn of the highest order. As befitting the genre, it’s filled with rare books, rare bookstores, tales of famous collectors and collections, and author ephemera — if the…
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Film, <i>Royal</i>'s Screwups

Royal's Screwups

Had The Royal Tenenbaums been made by a first-time filmmaker unburdened by acclaim or expectation, it could be heralded -- and then, just as easily, dismissed -- as a light, literary exercise in filmmaking that's as pleasant as it is…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

Baseball Punks, Tits, and Chuck Barris New local publications continue to start up, both in print and on the Web, and one of the more specifically targeted is ChinMusic!, a fanzine devoted entirely to the combination of Major League Baseball…
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