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Books: ‘All the Devils Are Here,’ ‘The Big Short’

  Read two books on the financial crisis this month: All the Devils Are Here, by Bethany Mclean and Joseph Nocera (Penguin , 2008) and The Big Short, by Michael Lewis (Norton, 2010). Both books are pretty good. They both … Continue reading

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Movies: ‘The Descendants’

The Descendants begins by using a device which has, during the entirety of my movie-going career,   indicated to me roughly eighty percent of the time that the movie I’m about to watch is going to be bad. The device is … Continue reading

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Movies: ‘The Muppets’

I really really wanted to like The Muppets. Jim Henson’s crew of wise-cracking anthropomorphic puppets brings back a lot of nostalgia for me. I think I was a fan of the Muppets even before I understood English. There’s something about … Continue reading

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‘Moneyball’ and Good and Bad Sports Movies

 What’s the best sports movie? Probably Hoosiers, right? If not Hoosiers, then maybe it’s Bull Durham, or The Natural, or even Chariots of Fire. I like Hoosiers a lot. It probably is the best sports movie ever. But the actual … Continue reading

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Television: Looking Forward (Or Not) to the New Fall Season

I usually don’t watch new television shows, because most of them are terrible, and 90% won’t even make it to a second season. Better to wait for word-of-mouth and stream the first season later. But it is kind of interesting … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘Contagion’

How do you make something a metaphor?  Or more precisely, a successful metaphor, rather than one which causes peoples’ eyeballs to roll up in derision? I thought Contagion—a thorough, stirring, but realistic look at what a catastrophic 21st-century viral epidemic … Continue reading

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Books: ‘God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe’

             Many Americans may think that conflict between the West and Islam is a 20th or 21st-century phenomenon. Perhaps we associate its beginning with the Munich massacres in 1972, or the Iran hostage crisis in … Continue reading

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