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All In: The Fight for Democracy

As testified by an authority no less impressive than Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta, Georgia and erstwhile United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Martin Luther King Jr. “shed a […]

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The Answer Is…Reflections on My Life

It’s difficult to think of the longtime host of Jeopardy! as the late Alex Trebek. In reading his memoir, The Answer Is... — a fun play on the classic answer-first quiz show’s format — Trebek’s literary voice resonates […]

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Director R.J. Cutler has sculpted a gloves-off documentary on one of the first stars of Saturday Night Live; perhaps first falling star would be a more apt description of the eponymously named Belushi, an exposé on […]

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Giving Voice

The United States has produced a mighty amount of profound playwrights — among them Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Lillian Hellman — but the American bard who is […]

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Hillbilly Elegy

JD Vance’s memoir Hillbilly Elegy has been turned into a Netflix movie directed by Ron Howard,  the competent — but too eager to satisfy the mainstream moviegoer — auteur of such popular films as Splash and Apollo 13, both starring […]

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The Reagans

“Make America Great Again,” piles of supposed proposals suggesting a formative policy agenda, right-wing Christians in the spotlight pushing hard for a thinner line between church and state, calls for government deregulation, a […]