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  • Does a good movie require a good plot?

    Does a good movie require a good plot?
    I love a good story as much as you do. While the primacy of storytelling in our lives doesn't explain the popularity of "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the allure of straightforward, absorbing narrative in any medium remains as important as ever, especially given how much in our popular culture carves up our empathy, our curiosity and our attention spans into smaller and smaller pieces.
  • Maureen Corrigan on 'So We Read On'

    Maureen Corrigan on 'So We Read On'
    Its greatness is right there in the title, not to mention on every page. But "The Great Gatsby," the 1925 masterpiece by F. Scott Fitzgerald, occupies an oddly precarious position in the ranks of Great American Novels. As a staple of high school...

    Jules Feiffer dances with noir in his graphic novel 'Kill My Mother'

    Jules Feiffer dances with noir in his graphic novel 'Kill My Mother'
    Most octogenarians are slowing down, settling into the freedom of retirement — but not Jules Feiffer. Instead, the playwright, illustrator, screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist went back to the drawing board — literally —...

    Weekend Preview: Are you ready for some topless firefighters?

    Weekend Preview: Are you ready for some topless firefighters?
    When Mike Korte sets his mind to something, he'll do whatever it takes to achieve the goal. And if it means he ends up surrounded by a throng of admiring women, well that's a sacrifice he's willing to make. Korte was an aimless 13-year-old, admittedly...

    A clearer view of overwhelming India and of Satyajit Ray

    A clearer view of overwhelming India and of Satyajit Ray
    I once visited Monument Valley and tried to imagine myself in a John Ford western. It didn't work. I did the "Vertigo" tour in San Francisco and felt nothing. No matter how rooted in a specific time or place, most movies, especially the great ones, are...