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  • Murphy's Push To Strip Rights From Non-People Scary

    Thursday brings our annual celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in that storied year, 1776. The defiant document was preceded by Americans commanded by George Washington chasing their British masters out of Boston and followed...
  • Authentic portrayal of wartime Britain has power all its own

    Authentic portrayal of wartime Britain has power all its own
    When playwright Terence Rattigan's beautiful and long-neglected "Flare Path" was first performed in London in 1942, Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" was all the rage. To many Americans, Coward and his snippy pals still represent the English stiff upper lip...
  • Jonathan Munby's 'Caesar' is more about the mob

    Jonathan Munby's 'Caesar' is more about the mob
    "We're inventing a Rome," said Jonathan Munby over lunch recently, "that looks and feels like contemporary Washington." Although he was born in Yorkshire, England, and bases his freelance career in London (with frequent forays to the Royal Shakespeare...
  • Vision of what speech foretold

    Vision of what speech foretold
    On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. The speech, now known popularly as "I've Been to the Mountaintop," dealt specifically with a strike involving Memphis sanitation workers and, more broadly,...
  • Goldberg: Is disability the new welfare?

    Goldberg: Is disability the new welfare?
    The government in Britain recently did something interesting. It asked everyone receiving an "incapacity benefit" — a disability program slowly being phased out under new reforms — to submit to a medical test to confirm they were too...
  • Goldberg: What 'the Iron Lady' forged

    Goldberg: What 'the Iron Lady' forged
    In 1975, when asked to explain why Margaret Thatcher was poised to take over the Tory Party, the irascible British satirist Malcolm Muggeridge replied that it was all due to television and the fact that the telegenic Thatcher had a "certain imbecile...
  • For British artists, no fond remembrances of Margaret Thatcher

    For British artists, no fond remembrances of Margaret Thatcher
    You might recall the Elvis Costello lyric in "Tramp the Dirt Down," referencing Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died Monday: "I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down." Then there is the Morrissey lyric: "The kind people...
  • Johnny Marr interview: A guitar hero who serves the song

    As guitar heroes go, Johnny Marr is a fairly unassuming one. His riffs, fills and solos – usually exceedingly terse and to the point – have helped shape countless indelible songs over the last 30 years for the Smiths, The The, Electronic (with...
  • Pitchfork preview: Your guide to every festival act

    Pitchfork preview: Your guide to every festival act
    What: Pitchfork Music Festival Where: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. When: 3 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday What: 46 bands/artists, three stages, hosted by e-zine pitchfork.com Info: Pitchforkmusicfestival.com Tickets: Ticketweb.com...
  • McManus: Europe's continental drift

    McManus: Europe's continental drift
    RIMINI, Italy — You think we have it bad, caught between a stagnant economy and gridlocked politics? Then take a trip to Europe, where the economy is going not sideways but backward — and the politics are too. Europe's numbers should be...
  • When celebrity interviews go bad

    When celebrity interviews go bad
    Let us consider for a moment the Hollywood performance that never gets nominated for awards but can be just as indelible as any Oscar-winning role. I'm referring to the celebrity interview that goes viral. Typically interviews that are done during a...