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OCT 17, 2014 - Mother Jones

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How Harry Shearer Discovered the Soul of Richard Nixon

The renowned satirist, actor, author, and musician Harry Shearer—you might know him as the bassist of Spinal Tap, the voice behind a panopoly of Simpsons characters (Mr. Burns and Flanders among them), host of Le Show, and a former Saturday Night Live player—has done his share of presidential impersonations, but no subject has captured his imagination like Richard Nixon. In ...

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OCT 13, 2014 - New Statesman

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Martin Amis talks to Grayson Perry: “I think there is a difference between male and female writing”

Our guest editor Grayson Perry invites the novelist Martin Amis to his studio to discuss art, violence and the end of men. Thinking out loud: Grayson Perry and Martin Amis in Perry's north London studio, September 2014   Grayson Perry You know, I’ve been weirdly nervous of you coming round. Martin Amis Well, quite rightly. GP It’s the nearest I ...

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OCT 10, 2014 - Huffington Post

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A Conversation With Derrick Adams

In September, "Derrick Adams: Live and in Color," opened at the Tilton Gallery in Manhattan. I sat down with Adams in Brooklyn, to talk about his work and career trajectory. We spoke at length, and went off on a few tangents -- including the Koch Brothers, The Wiz, colonialism, and the leadership of Bayard Rustin. At 44, Adams has plenty ...

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OCT 08, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Berne, Baby, Berne

Review of The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle. By Peter Baldwin. Princeton University Press. 535 pp. $35. In 1989, the United States joined the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Established in 1886, the Berne Convention assumed that such works were a form of property and that their creators and owners had a right ...

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OCT 08, 2014 - Huffington Post

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To Be or Not?

In a Times Sunday Review piece "Do I Have a Right to Be?" (NYT, 7/5/14) Peter Atterton, quotes the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas thusly: "What is natural becomes the most problematic. Do I have the right to be? Is being in the world not taking the place of someone?" Atterton is positing a variation of Edward Lorenz's "Butterfly Effect" which ...

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