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  • A. Scott Berg defines Woodrow Wilson

     A. Scott Berg defines Woodrow Wilson
    A. Scott Berg didn't enroll at Princeton until almost 100 years after Woodrow Wilson did. But by now, Berg is well acquainted with the man who led the nation into World War I and promoted (but couldn't get the U.S. to join) a League of Nations to help end...
  • Subject to debate: The most famous book set in every state

    Subject to debate: The most famous book set in every state
    Literary lists are made to provoke debate, and this list from Business Insider of the most famous book set in every state (and the District of Columbia) is a clever way of starting 51 parlor disputes at once.  The list has two major flaws (another...
  • Film Review: Light on an elusive literary character in 'Salinger'

    Film Review: Light on an elusive literary character in 'Salinger'
    One of the things we learn from Shane Salerno's biographical documentary about J.D. Salinger is that Salinger loved old Hollywood movies as much as loathed the idea of his own work ending up on the screen. Before he became famous for “Catcher in the...
  • The prodigal and the peever

    We take our text today from the parable of the prodigal son, and what it can teach us about the psychology of the peever. We are not much interested in the prodigal himself, an all-too-familiar and not particularly interesting type. No, we are going to...
  • The Biblioracle on the elite's unending allure

    The Biblioracle on the elite's unending allure
    If Wikipedia is correct — and why wouldn't a website that anyone in the world can log onto and change its content be correct? — only .5 percent of school-age children attend boarding schools. If that's the case, how can there be so many...
  • Movie review: 'Salinger' is a treasure-trove of details about writer

    Movie review: 'Salinger' is a treasure-trove of details about writer
    If further proof is needed of Oscar Wilde's contention that "When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers," one need look no further than the life of author J.D. Salinger. As delineated in Shane Salerno's energetic, informative and at...
  • Sony Pictures Television Greenlights Scarlet

    LONDON -- Sony Pictures Television has added to its stable of U.K. production companies with the launch of Scarlet Media, which is headed by producer Simon Andreae, who most recently worked for Discovery in the U.S. SPT will hold a majority stake in...
  • Review: 'The Joy of Pain' by Richard H. Smith

    Review: 'The Joy of Pain' by Richard H. Smith
    We’ve all felt it, and it seems somehow symbolic that the Anglophone world has yet to coin a word to describe it: that nasty, mischievous delight that we take in the misfortunes of others. When politicians are caught with call girls; when aspiring...
  • Teen Queens and Their 'G.B.F.' Close Outfest

    "G.B.F." broke both stereotypes and theater capacities at Outfest's maxed out Closing Night Gala at Hollywood's John Ansen Ford Theatre on Sunday. Even a little unseasonable Los Angeles sprinkling over the amphitheater couldn't put a damper on the...
  • Outfest Awards 'Test' Top Trophies

    Chris Mason Johnson's "Test" (pictured) has won the grand jury awards for U.S. dramatic feature and screenwriting at Outfest Los Angeles, which concludes its 11-day run Sunday. Story, set in San Francisco in the early days of the AIDS crisis, centers...
  • Film Review: 'Breaking the Girls'

    A lipstick-lesbian riff on "Strangers on a Train," "Breaking the Girls" is a watchable but somewhat routinely pulpy mix of sex, blackmail and murder, a polished low-budgeter that doesn't rise above the neo-noir formulaics of Mark Distefano and Guinevere...