The Complex T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot – Selected Essays, 1917-1932 Eliot was born in the U.S., but following grad work at the Sorbonne and Oxford, Europe must have seemed more comfortable, because he stayed there for years. During that time, he began to make his mark as a poet, dramatist, and literary critic. This book contains some of his […]

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Intangible Greatness in Cinema

An article in the July 2011 issue of Harper's Magazine asks "When is a Movie Great?" This article, by movie maven David Thomson, skirts the issue for the most part by declaring what isn't great about a given movie: "Hot on Friday, compost by Monday." And he brings up a few oldies that are undeniably great […]

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NEWSWEEK and Journalism’s Burdens

I've said it before: I haven't been a big fan of NEWSWEEK since Tina Brown became its editor; still, it's better now than the royal mess it was. Its limitations remain those of a society with a thirty-second attention span and a blogosphere with cranky, sensationalistic rants. Why do I read it? For the occasional good […]

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