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Mar.13.2011
boston herald
Bob Dylan to play China: What’s not in the setlist? China’s Ministry of Culture gave Bob Dylan the green-light to play his first concerts in the country. Of course the Ministry will have veto power over the setlist. This got me wondering, what can’t he play? Here’s the list I came up with in about a minute — I’m sure there are hundred more on the no list, feel...
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Mar.02.2011
harvard crimson
Harvard University Athletic News March 2, 2011 The Crimson has tied its program record with 21 victories this season (Mitchell Layton). CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In one of the most anticipated men's basketball games in Harvard history, the Crimson's game against Princeton will be broadcast live from Lavietes Pavilion on ESPN3.com Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m.  The direct...
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Feb.28.2011
boston indy media
Recently, Teresa Wiltz revisited the annual whine of, 'not enought Blacks' scoring Academy Awards. "I'm missing the '80s and the '90s, when Spike Lee delighted in provoking and outraging us, when we could catch glimpses of our boho selves in Love Jones or our buppie selves in The Best Man," she posted in, 'The Root'. "I want to see more films...
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Feb.26.2011
Guernica
Amitava Kumar interviews Arundhati Roy, February 2011 In the wake of sedition threats by the Indian government, Arundhati Roy describes the stupidest question she gets asked, the cuss-word that made her respect the power of language, and the limits of preaching nonviolence. WeHave to beVeryCarefulThese DaysBecause... That is what I read on the little green, blue...
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Feb.16.2011
Céline: great author and 'absolute bastard' Perhaps only in France could the novelist who was also author, in Vichy France, of antisemitic rants, be considered a candidate for state-sponsored celebration Special case: Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images Every year, the French government publishes a list of cultural events and...
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Feb.15.2011
Remembering the Legendary Miss Lena HorneTuesday, February 22, 2011, 8:15 p.m.Berklee Performance Center136 Massachusetts AvenueBoston MA 02115 [Map]   Miss Lena Horne was America's first international superstar of African descent who was a trailblazer in film, music, and human and civil rights. Her dignity, courage, pride, and talent influenced many who...
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Feb.15.2011
ian brunskill, the american interest
 How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at An Answer by Sarah Bakewell Chatto & Windus, 2010, 387 pp., $26.88 Can a retired 16th-century French provincial magistrate teach us how to live today? Sarah Bakewell’s engaging and idiosyncratic biography of the great essayist Michel de Montaigne suggests that the answer, in some quite...
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Feb.08.2011
by James Baldwin
Dear Sister: One might have hoped that, by this hour, the very sight of chains on Black flesh, or the very sight of chains, would be so intolerable a sight for the American people, and so unbearable a memory, that they would themselves spontaneously rise up and strike off the manacles. But, no, they appear to glory in their chains; now, more than ever, they...
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Feb.03.2011
The Times Literary Supplement
Cordelia Fine has produced a witty and meticulously researched exposé of the sloppy studies that pass for scientific evidence in so many of today's bestselling books on sex differencesCarol Tavris Wandering wombs, an anatomically conferred destiny of penis envy and masochism, smaller brains, smaller frontal lobes, larger frontal lobes, right-hemisphere dominance...
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Jan.21.2011
a 'gather' reprint
(cambridge, ma)some years ago, while working out the kinks of being a poor writer on martha's vineyard, i finessed a few dollars by paingint the vineyard haven house ow writer william styron and his wife, the poet, rose.between long lunches and occasional coats of paint, i imagined the social-writing life of that estate...the guests, their conversations, ...