‘MM — Personal’: examining Marilyn Monroe in new ways

Just when you think a pop culture subject has been completely exhausted, a smart writer, photographer and design team can come along and change your mind. “MM — Personal” looks like yet another coffee
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‘Kabuki Democracy’: why any president is doomed to disappoint

The Nation columnist Eric Alterman lays out the special challenges faced by President Barack Obama during his first two years in office in “Kabuki Democracy,” a new paperback original from Nation
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The Hollywood ‘dilemma’: puffy men & skinny women

The new Ron Howard comedy “The Dilemma” was a wipe-out at the box office last weekend for good reason — it’s one of the most ill-conceived “bromances” of recent vintage, a rare major studio film
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Susannah York, R.I.P.

It was sad to hear about the death of the British actress Susannah York over the weekend. The 72-year-old performer had been suffering from cancer for some time but didn’t let it stop her from working
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Did Ricky Gervais ‘go too far’ at the Golden Globes?

You could probably spend the next week reading hundreds of articles — and thousands (millions?) of Tweets — analyzing last night’s telecast of the Golden Globe Awards. It’s an awards show with zero
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Eddie Izzard: a comedian who can fill Madison Square Garden

Just a few years ago, Eddie Izzard was working in smallish downtown Manhattan venues, but now he looks right at home in the vast expanse of Madison Square Garden in the comedy special debuting today
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‘To Have and To Kill’: murder in the world of daytime drama

After writing a dozen popular mysteries set in and around the New York media, Mary Jane Clark has shifted gears with “To Have and To Kill” (William Morrow), the first of a new series that follows
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‘The Big Short’: finding hilarity underneath a global catastrophe

It’s hard to beat Michael Lewis’ “The Big Short” for both enlightenment and entertainment. Like a latter-day Stanley Kubrick — who somehow turned nuclear holocaust into one of the funniest and
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