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Horatio Alger

The Myth Of The Self-Made Man

Slate | John Swansburg | Posted 10.01.2014 | World

In 1990, Susan Orlean published a book called Saturday Night, in which she set out to document how Americans spend their weekly reprieve from work. ...

At TIFF 2014 the 'Wow' Is In the Ensemble

Erica Abeel | Posted 11.09.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Perhaps the real star of the film, though, is DP Robert Elswit. Truly, you could watch "Night" for the cinematography alone. From the opening credits Elswit creates a mesmerizing L.A. urban nocturne, a string of images worthy of hanging in a museum.

A Conversation with Mario Frangoulis: International Tenor Debuts in San Francisco, April 4th

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.01.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

This year tenor Mario Frangoulis observes his twenty-fifth anniversary as a concert and recording artist and performer in musical theatre.

Plutocrats Despising the Poor: An American Tradition

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's amazing how these people can whine in public about how they're being mistreated by people who change the sheets at the luxury hotels they stay in. But if you spend your life surrounded with sycophants who constantly tell you how brilliant you are it's possible to exist inside a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble.

Other People's Children

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Joanne Goldblum

Most people are committed to pointing their own kids toward a bright future. If we're able, we'll spend a small fortune on sports equipment and tuition. To ensure that our kids inherit an America like the one that we inherited, however, we need to start worrying about other people's children.

Don't Believe the Hype: Springsteen's Politics

Craig Werner | Posted 07.30.2012 | College
Craig Werner

The working class and Occupy movement certainly aren't taken seriously, but maybe Springsteen can be our King Lear's fool: nothing more than a musician, but a musician that is allowed to be truthful without fear of backlash.

The Case for College

Ryan Leslie | Posted 09.27.2011 | College
Ryan Leslie

One of the questions that inevitably always arises when I speak to high school students interested in going into the entertainment industry is: "Should I go to college"?

Field of Dreams: Explaining Economic Mobility Through Baseball

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

America is galloping backward to a degree of class immobility unseen since pre-World War I Europe. Almost everyone can expect to die now in the same class they were born in.

The Steep Distortion Curve of Republican Populism

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

Beware of Republicans bearing populist speeches. Republican populism is an oxymoron, a con-job, a Fox friendly flimflam for those in lemming lockstep ...

Theater: New York Musical Festival (NYMF) Roundup

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The New York Musical Theatre Festival is a chance to gorge on new works, spot some talent and maybe see an early version of a show that will turn into a hit Off Broadway or even on Broadway.

Horatio Alger Gets Remixed: GalleyCat Readers Re-Write 'Joe's Luck'

GalleyCat | Jason Boog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In the spring of 2010, a dedicated crew of GalleyCat Reviews readers rewrote one page of Horatio Alger's novel, Joe's Luck: Always Wide Awake. We are ...

Bad Writing: What Is It Good For?

Salon.com | Andrew Leonard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

One of the less trumpeted features of the Internet is the unprecedented access it provides to really, really bad writing. Of course, awful books have ...