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Tuesday, den 21. August 2012

For this year’s Slate Summer Movies contest, I challenged readers to dream up a title and tagline for a future installment in the Bourne franchise using Robert Ludlum’s venerable titling formula: definite pronoun + proper name + abstract noun. ( The Holcroft Covenant , for example, or The Aquitaine Progression .)

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

Given the low expectations engendered by its high-concept title, Time Machine Chefs (ABC, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET) is among the more thoughtful food shows wafting into your living room. It’s a cooking competition on the historical-re-enactment tip

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

I recommend Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the 2003 Don DeLillo novel of the same name, in the spirit that I might recommend Scandinavian-style salted licorice. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, to put it mildly—even some Cronenberg devotees may be turned off by this movie’s icy, cerebral quality, its aggressive oddness. But at least it doesn’t taste like anything else out there

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Thursday, den 16. August 2012

During an interview with Fortune magazine that was published today, Mitt Romney said that he would eliminate federal funding for Amtrak as one of his cuts aimed at balancing the budget: So first there are programs I would eliminate. Obamacare being one of them but also various subsidy programs — the Amtrak subsidy , the PBS subsidy, the subsidy for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Tuesday, den 14. August 2012

Here is a list of the musicians, artists, and other figures mentioned in this series, along with brief bios.

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer , shot in just 18 days in the projects of the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood for which it’s named, feels by turns casual and studied, tossed-off and meticulously constructed. A self-financed in-between-projects lark for the director (his next major release, a documentary on the making of Michael Jackson’s album Bad , is due out in the fall), Red Hook Summer takes its sweet time getting going.

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

Satirizing Hollywood, to the extent that it’s even possible, isn’t for the faint of heart. How do you exaggerate something that’s so outsize on its own, a land of people who don’t know the meaning of shame yet live in fear of embarrassment?

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

In a small Western town tucked between a mountain range and a pristine forest, citizens are disappearing. First it was the owner of the local gas station.

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

For a novelist, Nicholson Baker writes a lot like an essayist. Plots and characters are banished to the outer reaches of Baker’s fiction, which, in the mold of essayists from Montaigne onward, lovingly inspects small things and from them tweezes out unexpectedly large ideas

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Friday, den 3. August 2012

The furor over the release of the British film magazine Sight & Sound ’s once-per-decade list of “The Greatest Films of All Time” (OK, “furor” in the admittedly dollhouse-scale world of professional film criticism) left me shrugging. Yes, Vertigo displaced Citizen Kane from the No.

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Friday, den 3. August 2012

To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Capital , click the arrow on the player below.

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Thursday, den 2. August 2012

De mortuis nihil nisi bonum : Of the dead say nothing unless it is kind. This is a good rule of thumb. Despite the temptation, it would be mean-spirited to object to the barrage of shallow Facebook postings about Steve Jobs , gratuitous to gripe that Nora Ephron , though a terrifically talented journalist, didn’t really rate an above-the-fold, front-page New York Times obituary.

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Tuesday, den 24. July 2012

Click the arrow on the audio player to hear Alicia Ostriker read this poem. You can also download  the recording or  subscribe  to  Slate ‘s Poetry Podcast on iTunes.       

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Sunday, den 22. July 2012

The legislative fight over the future of the Bush tax cuts won’t really begin until after the election, when Congress convenes its lame duck session.

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Sunday, den 22. July 2012

Neither decision is official, but if reports this week end up being correct, this year’s party conventions will feature a stark and riveting contrast among keynote speakers. Early in the week, NBC News and the New York Post reported that Chris Christie would be the Republicans’ featured speaker at their Tampa convention. Mitt Romney’s campaign has refused to confirm the report, though, and Christie himself was mum on the subject when questioned on Thursday

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Saturday, den 21. July 2012

The scene is almost unimaginable in its terror, and in a horrible way, cinematic:  In a crowded movie theater at midnight, a man dressed in black, wearing a gas mask and carrying multiple firearms, bursts through a door, first throwing a canister full of noxious gas and then firing randomly into the crowd. The murder and chaos taking place onscreen leaps, impossibly, out of the fictional universe and into the real one. What would have been happening in the movie at that moment

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Monday, den 16. July 2012

How ’bout that cold open? Breaking Bad excels at such set pieces, and they sure squeezed a lot into those few minutes.

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Wednesday, den 11. July 2012

Will the real Margaret please stand up? As movie studios squeeze the last drops from the era of physical media, reissuing and repackaging commercial product ad absurdum ( Singin’ in the Rain , now with bonus umbrella!), it becomes more and more difficult to determine which of the endlessly proliferating versions of a movie we’re meant to see: Rated or unrated? Theatrical or director’s cut

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Wednesday, den 11. July 2012

Yesterday was a green envelope day at our house. It happens probably seven or eight times a year.

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Tuesday, den 10. July 2012

Click the arrow on the audio player to hear Howard Altmann read this poem. You can also download  the recording or  subscribe  to  Slate ‘s Poetry Podcast on iTunes.

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Wednesday, den 4. July 2012

You know what Spider-Man movie I’d like to see? (Given that there has to be one every five years, which I guess, constitutionally, there now does.) I’d like to see Tobey Maguire as the puny-youth-turned-masked-vigilante Peter Parker, and Kirsten Dunst as his true love Mary Jane Watson, show us the Spidermans as a thirtysomething couple.

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Monday, den 2. July 2012

photo by Adrian Boot THE COMPLETE ENGLISH BEAT’S A-COMIN’! Read More… More on Video

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Sunday, den 1. July 2012

we must not give in to the temptation to respond to bullying with punishment. This is unsustainable and ineffective; we must instead use insightful adult intervention to instill in our children a respect for all their peers, and a desire to learn from their differences, not erase them. Read More..

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Saturday, den 30. June 2012

“His eye is on the sparrow/ and I know He watches me,” sings R.

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Saturday, den 30. June 2012

Quick word-association test: What do you think of when you hear the name John Cage?

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Saturday, den 30. June 2012

As prophetic an instrument as it can be, the novel is rarely predictive , in a straightforward, short-range, weather-forecast sense. The oracular nightmare ( 1984 ), the visionary comedy ( Yellow Dog )—these tend to fulfill themselves in the imagination, not in actuality. To this broad rule Raymond Kennedy’s Ride a Cockhorse , first published in 1991 and recently reissued by New York Review Books, is a fantastic, florid exception.

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Saturday, den 30. June 2012

I’m Russian. A proud U.S

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Saturday, den 30. June 2012

Gigi Levangie would be the perfect name—so mellifluous, such harkening to Collette’s courtesan —for a heroine in a Gigi Levangie Grazer novel. You pick up a novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer precisely because she added that final surname when she married hugely successful movie producer Brian Grazer

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Saturday, den 30. June 2012

  Journalism by Joe Sacco. Metropolitan Books.

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Monday, den 25. June 2012

When Donald Trump hijacked the news this week with his latest birther ravings and Mitt Romney refused to repudiate him, Bob Inglis could only sigh. “It really damages our credibility to not deal in facts,” the former South Carolina congressman told Salon. “The fact is the president is an American

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Monday, den 25. June 2012

A new CNN poll provides the latest evidence that time has not healed Americans’ distaste for George W. Bush

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Sunday, den 24. June 2012

A Boston Globe report today reveals that Mitt Romney’s gubernatorial administration in 2006 quashed the publication of an anti-bullying guide for schools on the grounds that it included the words “bisexual” and “transgendered.” As Murray Waas and Christopher Rowland note in their story, this was one of several actions that Romney took late in his term that aligned him with the culturally conservative religious voters who hold sway in national Republican politics. He also picked a fight with the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth over its budget and a parade it organized and used his line item veto power to cancel out funding for counseling for LGBT violence victims.

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Sunday, den 24. June 2012

A line that Bill Clinton used two years ago is being revived today with the idea that it supposedly steps all over Barack Obama’s message. There’s actually nothing to it, though.

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Sunday, den 24. June 2012

The initial evidence is in, and it seems to support the notion that President Obama’s immigration announcement last Friday is a clear political winner for him. A new Bloomberg poll , which Alex Seitz-Wald summarized earlier, finds that 64 percent of voters approve of Obama’s decision to make up to 800,000 children of illegal immigrants eligible for work permits that will allow them to stay in the United States, while just 30 percent disapprove of it. Opposition is mainly concentrated within the GOP.  Eighty-six percent of Democrats and 66 percent of independents support the move, but 56 percent of Republicans don’t.

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Sunday, den 24. June 2012

Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love isn’t so much a movie as a box of notions—“notions” both in the sense of half-formed ideas and of random odds and ends, buttons and ribbons and scraps of lace. Allen seems to be digging through a career’s worth of unused (or in some cases, recycled) material and finding new ways to collage it together, with alternately tiresome and pleasing results.

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Wednesday, den 16. November 2011

Last year, the right-wing Media Research Center launched an attack on an art exhibit on gay self-portraiture at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, with particular focus on one item: a video by artist David Wojnarowicz that includes a few seconds of an image of ants crawling over a crucifix. The Catholic League, for which MRC chief Brent Bozell serves as an adviser , soon joined the pile-on. The Smithsonian ultimately succumbed to the right-wing pressure and removed the video from the exhibit. Now, the “Hide/Seek” exhibit has moved to a new venue, the Brooklyn Museum . And the manufactured outrage has begun anew. Catholic League president Bill Donohue initially said he wouldn’t he wouldn’t fight the exhibit and the Wojnarowicz video, telling the New York Daily News , “We can’t be like in a dog and pony show every time they show the stupid video.” Donohue apparently changed his mind, issuing a press release on the exhibit the same day the Daily News published his remarks. In the release, Donohue attacked the museum for hosting the exhibit and declared that Wojnarowicz, who died of AIDS in 1992, “died of self-inflicted wounds”: The fact is that the artist who made the vile video died of self-inflicted wounds: he died of AIDS. The homosexual, David Wojnarowicz, hated the Catholic Church (had he lived by its teachings, he would not have self-destructed). He once referred to Cardinal John O’Connor as a “fat cannibal,” and labeled the Catholic Church a “house of walking swastikas.” Sounds like the words of a bigot. Meanwhile, the MRC’s Penny Starr, reporter for its “news” division, CNSNews.com, was back on the case as well. In a November 15 CNS article , Starr highlighted Catholic criticism of the Wojnarowicz video “depicting Jesus Christ on a cross with ants crawling over him,” described the “Hide/Seek” exhibition as “gay erotic” without attribution, and put “art” in scare quotes when describing previous Brooklyn Museum exhibitions. Missing from Starr’s report was any mention of the artist’s intent regarding the 11-second shot of the ants on the crucifix. As The Washington Post reported in December: Ants, for Wojnarowicz, were a mysterious stand-in for humanity and part of a lifelong fascination with the natural world that his friend, artist Kiki Smith, recalls was part of a charmingly boyish rapture with creepy, crawling things. When asked what he thought of God, he responded by wondering rhetorically “why ants aren’t the things that destroy the world instead of people.” There is a host of theological possibility in that thought: Is God as indifferent to humans as humans are to ants? Should we love the small things of the planet as we hope to be loved by God? But who needs nuance or comprehensive reporting when there’s anti-gay outrage to manufacture?

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Monday, den 25. July 2011

China Oil Spill Six Times Size of Singapore: Govt | Common Dreams . Published on Friday, July 15, 2011 by Agence France Presse China Oil Spill Six Times Size of Singapore: Govt by Frederic J. Brown A huge oil spill off …

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