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It's a Wonderful Life, Comrade

Michael Winship | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

The Hollywood Christmas classic was once accused of hiding a subversive Communist message. A number of years ago, I was telling a longtime city dweller friend of mine yet another story about the small, upstate New York town in which I grew up.

The Three Best Christmas Movies

John Farr | Posted 04.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Christmas movies are a genre unto themselves: between live-action and animated features, there are literally hundreds of titles out there. Inevitably, some are pretty bad, others amusingly cheesy.

It's A Wonderful -- Newt?

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

If the glut of corporate money continues to poison our political system, it is possible that we could elect Newt "Mr. Potter" Gingrich to the presidency. How would someone who seems to know and care so little about poor people govern our country?

A Sour Note at Carnegie Hall Few Heard, Coming From Above

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The Carnegie Studios made it possible for artists to live as true bohemians: to enjoy the freedom of being deliciously different and quirky. I suppose it was simply too good to last.

Old Man Cheney

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Feldman

Sean Hannity's interview with Dick Cheney serves as a kind of Tom Stoppard rendition of "It's a Wonderful Life" that might take place after the lights came up and the audience left the theater.