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We The Animals: Novel Of The Year?

3 Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 12:19:09 (EST)

If We the Animals by Justin Torres (Houghton-Mifflin, $18) isn't the strongest novel of the year, it's a contender. Pint-sized compared to this season's muscle-bound tomes from King and Murakami, it punches far above its weight. The 125 pages sustain an almost unbearable atmosphere of dread. I'm not sure...

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Sexual Secrets of Steve Jobs: The Digital Caress of Apple Products

Posted October 13, 2011 | 09:53:49 (EST)

Ever since the death of Steve Jobs I've been thinking of the Woody Allen line about reincarnation, how if there's an afterlife he wants "to come back as Warren Beatty's fingertips."

The wisecrack has seemed apropos because, among his many uncanny gifts, the technocrat was also a...

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Breaking Bad: Better Television Through Chemistry

Posted July 20, 2011 | 13:03:21 (EST)

Warning: Read no further if you aren't up-to-date on the series.

By now it's clear that Breaking Bad, as audacious in its fourth season debut as it was in the first, is mixing together a couple of familiar genres -- the horror novel and gangster movie -- and that...
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Breaking Bad: The Best Dramatic Show on TV Begins Another Season

Posted July 8, 2011 | 21:17:53 (EST)

When we left Walter H. White at the end of last season's Breaking Bad, the furloughed Albuquerque high school chemistry teacher had ordered his former student, Jesse Pinkman, to bump off a colleague from their meth lab where all three were "cooking" their primo crystal-blue rock for a Mexican...
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Men Behaving Like Creeps: A Quiz

Posted May 25, 2011 | 15:54:13 (EST)

Male politicians have never been celebrated for their fidelity to their wives or their general propriety with women. Thomas Jefferson was a founding father in more ways than one.
He may have possessed the most dazzling intellect of any of his peers, and his writings
form...

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Madoff, the Sit-Com

Posted March 22, 2009 | 20:55:38 (EST)

Like a classic horror movie, the spectre of Bernard Madoff provokes nervous laughter along with jolts of terror. The New York magazine cover of his face made up as the Joker nicely captures this duality and should win their art director another award to mount next to the one earned...
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What's in a Name: The Folly of Being a Loyal Pro Sports Fan

Posted January 30, 2009 | 15:23:45 (EST)

My wife, whose interest in sports pretty much begins and ends with the Westminster Dog Show, was wondering at lunch early this week about the Super Bowl. After noting the suspicious lack of pre-extravaganza hype on morning television ("usually they're on every day showing you how to cook chili"), she...

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Bernard Madoff and Anton Chigurh: the Con Man as Serial Killer

Posted December 22, 2008 | 12:45:27 (EST)

The catastrophe of losing your life savings and the daily struggle to go on afterward is almost never material for literature or movies. The big con con is a narrative thing of beauty in the right hands, but the curtain usually falls before we view the consequences.

The damage...

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