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A Nightmare in Tune with the American Dream: The Founder

The Founder movie

Somewhere near its core, underneath the corporate-friendly narrative and the neon-tinged nostalgia, The Founder is a nightmare to the tune of the American Dream.

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Tell Me How You’ll Get (Back) to Sesame Street

Big Bird

You used to be a happy kid. Then you changed the channel. You found Sean Hannity.

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Make America Read Again

The True Flag book

Sadly, the news cycle has been laden with reports and opinings relating to the nightmare Bedlamite regime that hastens over the American Empire.

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How The Light Gets In

Gordon Parks I Am You

The times are about to get darker—which calls for resistance and well-conceived dissidence.

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Allow Me To Introduce Myself

The Man Who Loved Dogs

Skillful and tasteful aggregation has great utility in this overabundance.

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Outstanding Musical Releases of 2016

James Blake The Colour in Anything

Musical artists softened the blow of a rough year by turning out some of the best releases of the decade so far.

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What Would Jesus Do?

Jesus and Trump Protesters

“I think Christians took a big stand this time and said we’re going to stand up for our faith [by electing Trump].”

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Why Trump is Attacking the “Failed” New York Times

NY Times: Spiro Agnew Resigns

You might think Anderson Cooper will save you. Listen closely: Anderson Cooper isn’t going to save you.

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Letters to Trump’s American Muslim Registry

Just discovered Schopenhauer. Blew my mind. Taking a break from Islam. Will call back in an hour w/ update.

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A Bold Look: Robert Kenner’s Command and Control

Command and Control film

Command and Control gives a mostly eyewitness account of an otherwise ordinary workplace accident at a nuclear warhead storage facility that could have led to full-scale devastation in the American South.

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5 Ways You Can Be As Smart As Trump

I'm a Smart Guy

I decided to stop tipping. Why give money to waiters? They’ll just squander it. Think about it: that’s 20% of every meal cost right back in my pocket. BOOM.

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Book Birthdays, Feb. 9: Italian Jhumpa Lahiri & A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri cover

New books this week include Dawn Tripp’s novel of Georgia O’Keeffe, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Italian memoir, a debut novel from Idra Novey, and National Book Award finalist Christopher Sorrentino’s latest.

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Book Birthdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 2: Amber Sparks and The Vegetarian

When people ask what I’ve been up to lately, I say, “Not much, just lounging in my new Snuggie and reading Amber Sparks’ The Unfinished World.”

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Book Birthdays, January 19: Joyce Carol Oates, Bill Bryson, and a Squirrel

The Portable Veblen cover

New books released this week include “The Portable Veblen” by Elizabeth McKenzie, “The Man Without a Shadow” by Joyce Carol Oates, and “The Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson.

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5 Bernie Sanders Books That #FeelTheBern

Bernie Sanders on Fremont Street.

After encountering a giant Bernie Sanders on Fremont Street last night, I realized that as a former Vermonter, I’d be remiss not to prop up a few books that #feelthebern.

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