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Coeli Carr is a journalist in New York City. She comments about archetypes in pop culture at http://astrolass.com and @astro_lass.

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Nurse Jackie Actor Defies Limitations of Indian Stereotypes

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 5:26 PM

Indian-American actor Arjun Gupta describes Sam, the character he portrays on Showtime's dramedy Nurse Jackie, as a recovering drug abuser who's simply trying to live his life with both feet on the ground. "In other words, I'm not a terrorist, computer nerd, doctor or emasculated male," he says. "These are...

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Don Draper Wrestles (Literally) With His Feminine Side

(10) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 10:53 AM

Don Draper's fever dream on Sunday night's episode of Mad Men demonstrates just how deeply the show will go to reveal the psychological void of its damaged lead character.

The episode, called "Mystery Date," got great mileage out of its title. Although it more obviously refers to a commercial...

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Indian Fusion Here to Stay

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 11:42 AM

As if Indian cuisine weren't rich and varied enough, some Southeast Asian chefs are eager to take their food to the next level: melding its flavors with those of other cultures.

Indian fusion was on display at last night's second annual Varli Food Festival in New York City....

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"Crapa Pelada" Defeats "Zou Bisou Bisou" in the Breaking Bad vs. Mad Men Song Wars

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 10:58 AM

"Zou Bisou Bisou," the saucy ditty performed by Mad Men's equally saucy Megan Draper, played by Jessica Paré, didn't come with a dictionary. The only translation you needed was her strut, her snap, her stupefied yet leering husband Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and that big-sleeved-black-dress and patterned-hosiery combo suggesting a...

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The Deep Blue Sea: Singin' in the Pain With Jo Stafford

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 8:49 PM

Nothing reinforces female yearning for romance and the perfect man like a plaintive song trilled by a woman. In The Deep Blue Sea, director Terence Davies calls on Jo Stafford to hit it out of the ballpark.
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The Voice: Is 'Staying in Character' Good Advice When Negotiating?

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 11:01 PM

On last night's The Voice, which began the elimination sing-offs between two members of each judge's team, Lionel Ritchie provided some tasty and not necessarily musical advice for the person he was coaching. "Stay in character," he said, while the other guy -- your competitor -- sings.

He's got...

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Cocktails Raise a Toast to Green Tea

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 3:11 PM

Missed your morning shot of green tea? Not to worry: You can play catch up during cocktail hour.

Got that? Mixologists have done health-conscious imbibers -- who can't get enough of those antioxidant-rich catechins found in green tea -- a huge service by using this type of tea as an...

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The Artist Talks Loud About Innovation in Business

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 4:46 PM

The Artist, this century's newly iconic and now Oscar-nominated black-and-white silent movie, is a cautionary tale about not embracing innovation.

The story, set right before and after the depression, centers on George Valentin (Oscar-nominated Jean Dujardin), a silent film star. Valentin's popularity, which is huge, is eclipsed only by the...

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Can Melancholy Be an Asset in the Workplace?

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 9:53 AM

In the visually breathtaking new film Melancholia, director Lars von Trier wastes no time addressing depression and work. Right at the start -- at her wedding reception, of all places -- her boss gives the brilliant but mentally unstable Justine (Kirsten Dunst) a nice new job title and promotion with...

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