August

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From "Reel Bad Arabs" to "Valentino's Ghost"

The group that has been consistently maligned since the days of silent star Rudolph Valentino's portrayal of The Sheik in 1921 are the Arabs. They have now become the caricature of the "terrorist."

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Progressive U.S. singer banned from entering New Zealand

"You can't board that flight. You're not welcome in New Zealand."

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A poem for Detroit

I'm going to tell to you a story; the details are a little gory. Detroiters are under attack; they're trying to stab us in the back.

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“Breaking Bad” belongs to pantheon of great, dark TV

Breaking Bad has made a centerpiece out of the realities of class and economic vulnerability.

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“Elysium” gives sci-fi twist to immigration, health care

Sci-fi is such a perfect microscope for examining contemporary problems!

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"Conduct of Saints”: conscience, crime, and Catholics in post-Nazi Rome

Emanating from a small publishing house, this novel likely has no five- or six-figure advertising budget, and may escape notice. Make sure your local library gets it.

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“World War Z” as World War Proletariat

If you're tired of hearing about zombies...that's probably too bad. America's most popular monster shows no sign of shambling away quietly.

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"Wolverine" sequel is much sharper than the first

The follow-up to the abysmal 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which royally ticked off fans and critics alike, The Wolverine fixed everything that was wrong with the eponymous character's story.