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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
 Paul de Man managed to die before his past caught up with him. Turns out, the tastemaker of academic fashion (or was it more like dogma?) during the ’80s and early ’90s was an active Nazi collaborator during World War II. Perhaps his theory of “deconstruction,” an abstraction that could serve as
Monday, June 2, 2014

Fear and Loathing with Hunter S. Thompson

Ralph Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson went on the road together in the 1970s as a real-life odd couple, the fastidious British pen and ink artist as sidekick to the berserker Yank behind Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In a revealing moment from For No Good Reason, Steadman
Friday, May 30, 2014

Two books on the poet, songwriter and performer

  One of the most articulate people in music, Leonard Cohen is a genuine rather than a pretend poet. And unlike most rock stars, he has no trouble being apt, interesting and wise. The triple threat makes Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters (Chicago Review Press) a
Dining Out/Short Order
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Star Chef Dan Barber’s ‘Third Plate’

 Many people who trouble themselves over picking the freshest produce at the farmers market will stop at a grocery on their way home for a package of processed bread. It’s the sort of half-measure that frustrates Dan Barber, the James Beard Award-winning Manhattan chef who pioneered
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
 The 1960s were the last time westerns dominated TV programming. “Cimarron Strip” (1967-1968) was one of the better examples of the genre from that period. It stared iron-faced Stuart Whitman as a U.S. Marshal in a frontier town, holding the line against psychotics and hardened
Monday, May 26, 2014

George L. Mosse’s Cultural History

A refugee from Nazi Germany, George Mosse (1918-1999) fled with his family to England and was attending college in the U.S.
Album Reviews
Thursday, May 22, 2014
 The four-piece began as a ’70s high school band called Ozone and evolved into The Ones as they moved toward punk by decade’s end. The CD includes the best moments culled from live and rehearsal tapes. Best of all are both sides of the lone single they recorded in 1980, the prize for