What time does to youthful relationships

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Sally Koslow’s new novel, “With Friends Like These” (Ballantine Books), arrives in bookstores Aug. 10 with many ingredients that might lead some potential readers to dismiss it as yet another “chick lit” spin-off of “Sex & the City.” The book tracks a quartet of professional women over the course of a decade in New York […] [Read More]

‘On the Road’: out of the reality TV discount bin

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Did you see the pictures of the “Jersey Shore” cast ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange the other day? A wag writing for the Associated Press dubbed the event “Tan Tuesday.” The PR stunt demonstrated once and for all that reality TV is an entrenched genre and pop culture phenomenon, with Snookie […] [Read More]

‘Rubicon’: lots of style, not much substance

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The producers of the new AMC series “Rubicon” — debuting Sunday night — caught my attention when they announced that they were hoping for a contemporary equivalent of the Watergate era paranoid thrillers “Three Days of the Condor,” “The Parallax View,” “The Conversation” and “All the President’s Men.” Those happen to be four of my […] [Read More]

‘Diary of a Very Bad Year’: best book on the financial collapse?

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Readers of the brilliant, Brooklyn-based journal n + 1 have been enjoying editor Keith Gessen’s interviews with an anonymous hedge fund manager for the last three years. Because Gessen (below, left) is just a smart guy with a limited grasp on the world of finance, he asked HFM (as the source came to be known) lucid […] [Read More]

‘The Kids Are All Right’: a quietly revolutionary film

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Writer-director Lisa Cholodenko has scored one of the few major crossover hits of the summer with “The Kids Are All Right” which moved from limited art house release to a fairly wide multiplex opening on Friday. The success of the movie, about a lesbian couple raising two teens in Southern California, is a reflection of […] [Read More]

‘8’: the un-separation of church and state

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Wolfe Video has just released “8: The Mormon Proposition,” a strong documentary about the covert role the Mormon Church played in the passage of the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 in California two years ago. Filmmakers Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet show us how the Mormons channeled upwards of $20 million into California from followers all […] [Read More]

When your idol has feet of BS

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I can’t think of another writer who has given me more pleasure than David Mamet, but he talks some really crazy s**t — pardon my French — in the new issue of Men’s Journal. Celebrities have long been tailoring their personalities to whichever magazine is profiling them — sharing recipes in Ladies Home Journal and […] [Read More]

‘Waxed’: a perfect midsummer beach book

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Former publicist Robert Rave delivered one of last summer’s breeziest beach reads — “Spin” — a novel based on his own experiences working in the PR jungles of New York. Rave’s second novel “Waxed” (St. Martin’s Griffin) — set to be published August 3 — is another witty and smart look at fast lane life […] [Read More]

The inscrutable ‘Mad Men’ return Sunday night

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Expect to see more features on “Mad Men” than on “Salt” in this weekend’s entertainment sections. The return of the hit AMC series for its fourth season, right in the middle of the summer, shows how much things have changed in movies and television over the past few years. With kiddie fare clogging the multiplexes, the […] [Read More]

The incredible story of Daniel Ellsberg

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The title of the Oscar-nominated documentary — “The Most Dangerous Man in America” — is meant ironically. Daniel Ellsberg was “dangerous” only to those who put their government’s interests ahead of what’s best for their country and its citizens. The film by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith shows us how a man who worked in […] [Read More]