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Film Review: 'The Preppie Connection'

Jeffrey Lyons | Posted 03.31.2016 | Entertainment
Jeffrey Lyons

This is Lyons Den, I'm Jeffrey Lyons looking at The Preppie Connection, based on a true story. Thomas Mann plays a scholarship student at a nearby...

Film Review: "The Preppie Connection" opens 3/18/16

Sally Fay | Posted 03.14.2016 | Entertainment
Sally Fay

"The Preppie Connection," is a thrilling, "can't believe this actually happened," tale of a teenager, Toby, (played by Thomas Mann), who willingly goe...

The Wildcatters: It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

Kirby Goidel | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

We can debate how well this system has worked in prior presidential elections but the 2016 election cycle has been a case study in a broken presidential nominating process. It is past time to revisit the rules.

David Brooks Is Wrong Again -- Trump's Rise Is Not 'Anti-Politics' but the Cancer of Big Money

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In his latest column, "The Governing Cancer of Our Times," New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks tries to explain Donald Trump's rise as a presidential candidate.

It's Beginning to Look a Bit Like 1932

Steven Conn | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

In the midst of a national crisis, Republican Senator David Reed (PA) announced: "If this country ever needed a Mussolini, it needs one now." If you missed that statement, or if David Reed's name doesn't ring a bell, you are forgiven. He made this chilling observation in 1932.

The GOP on the Eve of Destruction

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

With just a few weeks until they adjourn for the holidays, Republicans in the US Congress will try to cram in as much pettiness and vituperation as they can before heading back to their states and districts, no doubt to lead the home front in the fight against "the war on Christmas" launched this time every year by Fox News and its shock troops on talk radio. Take a look at some of their plans, including the riders congressional Republicans are contemplating for inclusion in the omnibus spending bill that must be passed by December 11. The whole mess is a Bad Santa's list of loopholes benefiting High Finance, tax cuts for the rich, and budget cuts for everyone else, even as they drive the nation deeper into debt and disrepair.

"The Preppie Connection" Coming To The 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival

Sally Fay | Posted 10.04.2016 | Entertainment
Sally Fay

For Director, Joseph Castelo, "The Preppie Connection," is very personal. Castelo went to boarding school in the 80's. "I heard the story from other students. It was sort of a quiet legend that was passed around. The scandal broke on 60 minutes."

Lawrence Lessig: On 'Dumbing Down' The Democratic Debate

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 08.28.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

I get the appeal in blaming Republicans. I understand the attraction in good vs. evil stories. I see the strength in the partisan rally. I get it's a great strategy for winning elections. But it is not a strategy for governing. We won't have a functioning government until we create a functioning democracy.

'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' -- A Film Interview

Molly Dedham | Posted 06.29.2016 | Entertainment
Molly Dedham

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL a Sundance breakout film this year just hit movie theaters in wide release. I got to sit down with the director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and actor Thomas Mann and discuss this gem of a movie. It's quirky, sophisticated, fun and wildly creative.

Live from the Nantucket Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.27.2016 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This is my second year at the Nantucket Film Festival, and this will probably be my one dispatch, mostly because I'm having too much fun to take time to write about it.

On Being American

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 06.16.2016 | Media
Nigel Hamilton

I became an American on Nov. 4, 2010, at an elegant ceremony in Great Hall of Bullfinch's Faneuil Hall, Boston, beneath a vast painting of Daniel Webster debating the preservation of the Union with Robert Hayne of South Carolina.

Matthew Jacobs

'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' Will Be Summer's Signature Teen Movie | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 06.14.2015 | Entertainment

A teenage boy befriends a girl with cancer. His best friend watches as they grow closer. All three learn who they are as a result of their shared expe...

Movie Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a Must See

Carole Mallory | Posted 06.11.2016 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Norman Mailer taught me that a title should tell the audience what the book or movie is about. And yet, this title, I fear, will keep an audience away when this is one of the most enjoyable films I have seen this year.

Publisher Rejection Letters From Sophocles to Hitler

Andy Ross | Posted 06.28.2015 | Comedy
Andy Ross

Here is a mental exercise of employing standard publisher rejection templates as they might have been used for some of the great (or notorious) classics of Western Civilization.

CNN: The Accountant Who Runs a News Business

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.21.2014 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

MSNBC ratings have been declining for a while, and CNN has been making slight gains in its audience size. Now is not the time to begin "reducing spending," certainly not if you're trying to maximize "growth and profitability."

Political Gridlock Is an Enemy of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

With important issues facing our nation, very little is getting done. And for our nation's children, stalemate in Congress precludes action on addressing a wide array of problems.

Happy Graduation! Ten Books That Could Change Your Graduating Senior (and Their World)

Ru Freeman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
Ru Freeman

This is the book you place on top of those other nine-ish books you just bought or ordered. It is the book that communicates that you are a savvy aunt/uncle/grandparent/neighbor/parent.

House Republicans: 'Yee-Haw! We're Shuttin' Down the Gov'mint!'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's hard to believe that "the American people" are so upset about the mild reforms contained in the ACA that they're demanding a government shut down and a default on the national debt to stop it. No wonder Congress' approval rating is the lowest in decades.

An Elusive Utopia By The Sea

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 09.27.2013 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

John O'Kane's at times rambling but nonetheless intriguing book length essay, "Venice, CA: A City State Of Mind," sums up the history, the observations, the artists and writers and poets great and famous and obscure who have lurked among the dark shadows of this Nirvana by the sea.

Summer Reading About What Ails America and How to Fix It

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If you're interested in figuring out the roots of our current economic, social and political crisis, what it will take to fix it, and how you can be part of the solution, here's a list of 15 recent books you might want to take with you.

Jason Linkins

Josh Barro Is Right About GOP Obstinacy Making 'Both Parties Stupid' | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Imagine if you will, two wrestlers, of roughly equal size and ability, locked in a match with one another. Typically, what will happen in such a conte...

A Love Letter From One Century to Another: A Review of Wolfgang Lederer's Disorder and Early Love: The Eroticism of Thomas Mann

Thomas Singer, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Books
Thomas Singer, M.D.

Dr. Lederer has sent his love letter about Thomas Mann to the 21st century and it is worthy of our admiration and love.

It's Worse Than It Looks, But It Can Get Better

James A. White | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
James A. White

America's current predicament is not caused by the depth of our policy challenges but rather the intransigence of extreme elements in one party, exploiting a political system that is poorly suited for effective action absent cooperation between our two parties.

How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign

Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Media
Dan Froomkin

Fearful of appearing biased, the elite political press failed to call sufficient attention to the Republican Party's radical agenda and disdain for facts. The result is that in the name of balance, the press actually put its thumb on the scale, and prevented a true reckoning.

Getting to Maybe: The Critical Need for Compromise in Congress

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are not delusional or naive enough to expect that getting to maybe will be an easy task. We recognize that over the past few years, compromise in Congress has become an oxymoron and bipartisanship a dirty word.