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Philip Roth's Nemesis: Polio & Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 10:15 AM

A few years ago, Philip Roth found himself thinking back to the threats that had menaced America in his lifetime. It struck him that while he had explored fascism in his 2004 novel The Plot Against America, he had never written about that far more immediate and terrifying peril that...

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Salman Rushdie, Kim Kardashian & Blushing Bottoms

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 7:47 AM

Three years ago, when Kim Kardashian got divorced after an epically brief 72-day marriage, Salman Rushdie sportingly tweeted a knarled limerick that raised eyebrows - and his twitter following:

The marriage of poor kim #kardashian
was krushed like a kar in a krashian.
her kris kried,...

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St. John and St. Julian

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 6:12 PM

For three years now, Julian Assange has ridden the global imagination as the pale and persecuted information knight of our times.

Assange's latest target is The Fifth Estate, the movie about WikiLeaks in which he is played by a frumious Benedict Cumberbatch. He has denounced it as a...

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Thar She Blows, Everywhere

(15) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 5:36 PM

Recently, the Google Doodle wished Moby-Dick a happy birthday on the anniversary of its publication.

The big, white whale is 161 years old. But read the first chapter of Herman Melville's masterpiece and you get the eerie sense that the novel is set not...

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