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Culture, The Exhibitionist John Jeremiah Sullivan: Michael Jackson's Body Is "The Greatest Piece of Postmodern American Sculpture"

John Jeremiah Sullivan: Michael Jackson's Body Is "The Greatest Piece of Postmodern American Sculpture"

Great writing is never passive, and so great reading must follow suit. Throughout Pulphead, Sullivan's new essay collection, the urge is to press the book right into your face. This is as close as one can get to wading through…
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Culture, Books "The Barbarian Nurseries": L.A. Lovingly Satirized With Tense Comedy

"The Barbarian Nurseries": L.A. Lovingly Satirized With Tense Comedy

In The Barbarian Nurseries, his affectionate satire of class, race, and housework in Orange County, Héctor Tobar aspires to Tom Wolfe or Dickens, but winds up just north of James L. Brooks. That ain't necessarily bad. Like Wolfe and Dickens,…
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Film, "Magic Trip": Doc Follows the '64 Adventures of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters

"Magic Trip": Doc Follows the '64 Adventures of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters

The subject of Magic Trip is the LSD-powered, cross-country road movie orchestrated by novelist Ken Kesey in the summer of '64. More than a footnote but less than a chapter in American cultural history, the voyage taken by a psychedelic…
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