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Dan Brown's Lost Symbol and the Lure of Secret Knowledge

Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code and of Angels and Demons, has a new book out
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War as Seen by Those Trapped Inside It

When covering film festivals, I find I have to be careful not to see too many war-themed flicks in rapid succession.
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David vs. Oil-iath

I just saw a really good movie in which an overweight, pasty-looking guy makes outrageous statements related to capitalism.
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Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa died yesterday. I don't know much about her life, so you can join me in reading her Wikipedia entry. But what I do know is that she's one of the best-known performers of Leon Gieco's heart-rending anti-war song, "Sólo le Pido a Dios."
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The Coen Brothers Get 'Serious'

Recenly, I had a bad day. Epically bad. I ran out of cash. I lost my credit card. I missed my flight.
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Disability as Entertainment: So You Think I Can't Dance?

So I'm a fan of So You Think You Can Dance. I enjoy watching dance and I used to dance, so I like the show even though it is a mostly scripted reality TV program.
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U2's Music and Mission--and My Kid's First Rock Concert

Oh no, my eleven-year-old went to his first rock concert this week! Oh good, it was Bono and U2. That would express the feelings of many parents about their child's introductory rock and roll concert experience.
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Singing and Praying Justice, Part 1

"He who sings prays twice." -- Saint Augustine "What's going on?" -- Marvin Gaye
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