Art-Toys: by Brian McCarty
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Art-Toys: by Brian McCarty

There is much cultural commentary to unpack in regards to the Art-Toy movement. It was in the ‘90s that designer toys became a “thing,” as aspects of comics,…

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The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories: by Don DeLillo
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The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories: by Don DeLillo

Few active writers have done more to uphold the novel as a preeminent form of human expression than Don DeLillo. Like filmmaker John Ford, with his famously blunt…

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There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America: by Philip Dray
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There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America: by Philip Dray

Taking its name from a song by writer, IWW activist and labor martyr Joe Hill, Philip Dray’s There is Power in a Union is a comprehensive history –…

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100 Posters, 134 Squirrels: A Decade of Hot Dogs, Large Mammals, and Independent Rock: The Posters of Jay Ryan
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100 Posters, 134 Squirrels: A Decade of Hot Dogs, Large Mammals, and Independent Rock: The Posters of Jay Ryan

On October 1, 2004, the Wrens played Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium. Imagining a poster for that event, you might be thinking: birds, Sears Tower, guitars, big block letters,…

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Once Upon a River: by Bonnie Jo Campbell
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Once Upon a River: by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell is fast becoming one of America’s most notable contemporary authors. A 2009 National Book Award finalist for American Salvage ― a hardscrabble collection of short…

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Role Models: by John Waters
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Role Models: by John Waters

I was in eighth grade when I first discovered John Waters’ Pink Flamingos in the Cult Classics section of my Hollywood Video. After watching it one weekend and…

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Bob Dylan in America: by Sean Wilentz
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Bob Dylan in America: by Sean Wilentz

The very first page of Bob Dylan In America is filled, front and back, with praise for Sean Wilentz from Dylan associates and otherwise recognizable names such as…

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The Pale King: by David Foster Wallace
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The Pale King: by David Foster Wallace

Let me start out by saying that when reviewing David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel The Pale King in early December, there’s the possibility that my critical viewpoint is…

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: by Ransom Riggs
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: by Ransom Riggs

Jacob’s grandfather told strange stories, but he had every reason and every right to exercise his yarn-spinning eccentricity. As a boy, Abe Portman was shipped off to England…

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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (Vol. 1): by Francis Fukuyama
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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (Vol. 1): by Francis Fukuyama

When you’re penning a two-volume series ambitiously titled The Origins of Political Order, every word counts. When it comes to the word count of political philosopher Francis Fukuyama’s…

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