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'Fear and Saturday Night': How Ryan Bingham Defeated Darkness on Surprising New LP

Oscar winner finds happiness on a new album written in complete solitude<p>Ryan Bingham is happy. For someone who memorably sang on his last album, …

Music

'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize

I saw <i>American Sniper</i> last night, and hated it slightly less than I expected to. Like most Clint Eastwood movies – and I like Clint Eastwood movies …

Clint Eastwood

Bob Dylan: The Government's Not Going to Create Jobs. Billionaires Can

<b>UPDATE</b>: As part of his interview with AARP the Magazine, Bob Dylan has agreed to ship 50,000 copies of his new album <i>Shadows in the Night</i> to randomly …

Music

Rory Kennedy Explores Vietnam's Messy End in 'Last Days' Documentary

RFK's daughter makes a gripping film about the war her father tried to stop<p>Bobby Kennedy never laid eyes on his last child, born six months after his …

Archives

The Genius Of Reince Priebus, Republican Superstar

<b>Over at Buzzfeed,</b> Ben Smithis sweetening the old beatto the point where the American Dental Association may send out a hit squad after him. (Or subcontract the wet work out to...Lemming of the BDA.) In this case, he's explaining how obvious anagram Reince Preibus, the emptiest suit in American …

Government

Rand Paul Thinks People Have Too Much Say In How They're Governed: The Land That Aqua Buddha Made

<b>If you read only one</b> fairly long read before the long weekend, make it Ian Millhiser's essential account of a speech given by brogressive hero Rand Paul this week to a rapt audience of prime conservative meatheads at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Not only will you find it a clear …

Rand Paul

Key & Peele Deliver the Only NFL Championship Weekend Breakdown You Need To Hear

"Everything's better with mayo."<p><b>With only two weekends of football</b> left in the NFL season, the stakes are higher than ever for the teams lucky enough to still have a chance at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy come February 1. But the stakes are also higher than ever for the experts and talking heads …

NFL

The Ownership Of History: Selma And The Way We Look At America

<b>Now that I've seen the film,</b> I can put the easy controversies aside, at least to my own satisfaction. First of all, the movie did get incredibly jobbed by the Academy, especially its director, Ava DuVernay, who has moments with her cameras that rival John Ford with their energy, Jane Campion with …

Black History

American Sniper Is the First Great Movie About the Iraq War

Clint Eastwood's blockbuster war movie shows us the suffering of a heroic solider in a disorienting war.<p><b>American Sniper, Clint Eastwood's Iraq War film starring Bradley Cooper,</b> opened last weekend to a small measure of controversy and an epic public response. The movie made an estimated $105.3 …

Clint Eastwood

The Battle Lines of American Sniper and Bill Belichick

How two of this week's most divisive stories converged.<p><b>It's common for us</b> to speak about football in the language of war, which makes sense, as the entire sport is a metaphor for battle—two opposing sides going at one another in the trenches, lobbing bombs back and forth and charging into enemy …

Green Bay

The Trials Of Louie Gohmert, Congressman

<b>Louie Gohmert,</b> Padishah Emperor For Life of the Crazy People, has gotten himself crossways with the bluenoses over at Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. It seems that His Bizarreness was dipping into the PAC money to finance his international campaign to hold representative …

Obama Administration

Farmed Out: The Joni Ernst Story

<b>Well, this was predictable.</b><p>The truth about her family's farm roots and living within one's means, however, is more complex. Relatives of Ernst (née: Culver), based in Red Oak, Iowa (population: 5,568) have received over $460,000 in farm subsidies between 1995 and 2009. Ernst's father, Richard …

Joni Ernst

We're Still Trying to Find the Thomas Pynchon Inherent Vice Cameo

The mystery rolls on.<p><i>Update: A reader points out that the man in this scene appears to be the actor Charley Morgan. Pynchon wins again.</i><p><b>Back in September</b>, in an interview with <i>The New York Times</i>, Josh Brolin told writer Logan Hill that the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon makes a brief cameo in Paul …

Paul Thomas Anderson

Boehner Invites Netanyahu To Speak To Congress: Million Dollar Bibi

<b>I can't tell you how thrilled I am</b> that John Boehner has enlisted the United States Congress as an in-kind contribution to Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election campaign. Apparently, his opponents back homeare not turning handsprings, either.<p>The opposition Meretz Party said it would file a complaint<br>with …

Israel

Your Occasional Pope

<b>Hey, Papa Francesco!</b> Have I mentioned recentlywhat a colossal dick Rick Santorum is?<p>You see, recently, you went out there and made what in a papal context I can only assume was a wisecrack about how Catholics do not need to go out there and breed like rabbits. Now Rick, a devout Catholic (just ask …

Christianity

THE BIG SEVEN, by Jim Harrison

Featuring murder, treachery, calamity, and revenge.<p><b>The days when you had to choose</b> between a great story and a great piece of writing? Gone. The days when you were steadfastly denied cheap thrills and blood and quality mayhem just because you picked up a so-called literary novel? Kaput. We're …

Books

Why Study Philosophy? 'To Challenge Your Own Point of View'

An interview with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex<p>At a time when advances in science and technology have changed our understanding of our mental and physical selves, it is easy for some to dismiss the discipline of philosophy as obsolete. Stephen Hawking, boldly, …

What’s good for American corporations isn’t necessarily good for Americans

The United States’s time as the world’s leader in economic production is likely coming to an end, as countries with far-bigger populations gain access to modern technology.<p>But does that matter if US corporations are still the most profitable? Research on corporate finance by Sean Starrs, soon to be …

Economics

Why Americans Are So Polarized: Education and Evolution - The Atlantic

In his State of the Union address, President Obama lamented how Washington “has been consumed by ... rancorous argument,” which over the past year has prevented us “from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy.” The vast ideological chasm that separates politicians on the left …

Harper Lee memoirist insists that she had novelist's blessing

After To Kill a Mockingbird author denies Marja Mills's book had her approval, Mills and publisher issue counterclaims<p>News: Harper Lee denies cooperating with Marja Mills on The Mockingbird Next Door<p>The author and publisher of a new book about Harper Lee have stood their ground after the To Kill A …

Book News: Harper Lee Says New Biography Is Unauthorized

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Former <i>Chicago Tribune</i> reporter Marja Mills says her just-released biography of Harper Lee, <i>The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee</i>, was written with "the trust, support and encouragement" of Lee and her older …

Harper Lee Biographer Responds To Controversy Over Book's Authorization

In an interview with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, author Marja Mills, who this week published <i>The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee</i>, responded to Harper Lee's statement claiming Mills misrepresented her relationship with Lee in the book. "I can tell you my experiences," Mills said in reply. …

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