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  • 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 curricula, the novel has been widely read and, nearly as widely, dismissed by generations of teenagers who can't understand what all the fuss is about. But for those who come to "Gatsby" as adults, for the first time or the second — or, as in the case of Georgetown University professor and book critic Maureen Corrigan, on so many occasions that she's lost count — Fitzgerald's slender opus reveals itself as perhaps the greatest of the great: brief yet weighty, packed with meaning yet easy to digest, its pessimism belied by sentences that shimmer like gems on the page.
  • 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 —...

    'Five Came Back' spotlights Hollywood directors' WWII propaganda

     'Five Came Back' spotlights Hollywood directors' WWII propaganda
    Propaganda today has a nasty connotation; it suggests something cheesy, manipulative, in the service of a dishonorable cause. During World War II, however, cinematic propaganda became an elevated art, practiced with unusual expertise by five great...

    Martha Hyer, Oscar-nominated actress, dies at 89

    Martha Hyer, Oscar-nominated actress, dies at 89
    Martha Hyer, the Old Hollywood actress best known for her Oscar-nominated performance opposite Frank Sinatra in 1958's "Some Came Running," has died at age 89, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. A striking blond glamor girl, Hyer was born in Fort...

    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...