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John Avlon Jim Harrison Can Make You a Better Animal – The Daily Beast

Jim Harrison Can Make You a Better Animal – The Daily Beast

Arguably America’s greatest living author—and certainly our earthiest—lives half the year in Livingston, Montana. It’s a town grounded in the early 20th-century West, with neon signs on brick buildings and mountains in the background, all crowned by a former train … Continue reading

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Why ‘The Newsroom’ matters – CNN.com

Aaron Sorkin’s HBO show “The Newsroom” represents the reality of working in television news about as accurately as “The West Wing” captured working in politics — which is to say, not at all. But both dramas did something more worthwhile: … Continue reading

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‘Sopranos’ a Violent Fantasy for Middle-Aged Guys – CNN.com

Why do we love gangsters — at least the ones on TV and in the movies? The sudden death of actor James Gandolfini at age 51 has brought a round of instant nostalgia for the HBO show he led at … Continue reading

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Baseball is Back, Thank God – CNN.com

Forget Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions. The words “Play ball!” are the most dependable sign that spring has arrived in America. Finally, baseball season is here. Maybe because it is an outdoor game, with a schedule stretching across three seasons. Maybe because … Continue reading

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Oscar Likes His Political Flicks Real – CNN.com

With a crop of political movies in the Oscar running, this weekend Hollywood is looking more like Poliwood. Best Picture contenders such as “Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Lincoln” have managed to pay off at the box office even as … Continue reading

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Richard Ben Cramer Dies – The Daily Beast

News that Richard Ben Cramer died swept through the Twitterverse on Monday night, even before a hint of his passing hit major news outlets. It was oddly appropriate, because the cult of Richard Ben Cramer was always first a word-of-mouth … Continue reading

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Rewriting the Constitution – OutFront – CNN

There’s a new movie out portraying Abraham Lincoln as both a defender of freedom and… a vampire hunter. Yes. In what appears to be a trend of irreverent but oddly heartfelt takes on American history, The Daily Show Senior Writer … Continue reading

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When Good Candidates Go Bad – The Daily Beast

George Clooney is a political junkie. The son of a newsman explored the intersection of government and journalism in the Oscar-winning Good Night and Good Luck. Now he’s taking on presidential campaigns in The Ides of March, a political thriller … Continue reading

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Soundtrack to Economic Anxiety – Politico.com

In a fall defined by market chaos, the long road of the campaign has ended up in uncharted economic territory — amid voters’ competing emotions of anxiety, aspiration and anger. After the spring primaries’ reversals of fortune and the hot … Continue reading

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Two Lost American Outlaws – New York Press

Cash & HST—Honest men outside the law Last Saturday at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time, 7:00 p.m. Woody Creek time, Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes were shot out of a giant cannon, full of fireworks and in the shape of a fist. … Continue reading

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