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Community’s state of play


By the time you read this, NBC's brilliant, neglected stepchild of a sitcom will back on the air, having survived its creator's firing, various scheduling debacles, and the epic flouncing-off of Chevy Chase.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 05, 2013

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Beauty and the geek

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Geek is now chic, and the Internet is filled with female makeup artists who draw inspiration from superhero comics, video games, and science fiction.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  November 08, 2012

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Killing with kindness: Why the Death With Dignity Act endangers people with disabilities


I think my opinions about doctor-assisted suicide crystallized the night Mike — my wheelchair-using, ventilator-breathing boyfriend — choked on pineapple juice, passed out, and died.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  November 05, 2012

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The Joy of Smut


The porn here is explicit, character-driven, and polymorphically perverse.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  October 17, 2012

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Celebrating Roman Totenberg


When not reporting on the Supreme Court for NPR, Nina Totenberg has spent the last few months working with her two sisters to plan a memorial for her father, Roman.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  October 09, 2012

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Junot Díaz: down and dirty


Pulitzer alum and MIT prof Junot Díaz's new book, This Is How You Lose Her , follows his alter ego Yunior to Boston, where he gets yelled at by racists and rejected by women.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 21, 2012



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The immortal life of Harvey Pekar

A comics legend’s posthumous abundance
So here's our man, gone these two years and still putting out work.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  August 29, 2012

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We need to talk about Hans Rickheit

Peverse delight
I want to have sex with Hans Rickheit.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  June 15, 2012

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Roman Totenberg's last bow

"A remarkable death"
Roman Totenberg is teaching a lesson.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  May 07, 2012

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Bechdel looks at her mom, Abrams packages the Garbage Pail Kids, and Corman’s new graphic novel, Unterzakhn

Serious funnies
For years, I faithfully followed Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For , an ongoing lesbian soap opera with a huge cast of characters, all of them vivid and realized.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  April 04, 2012

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A Far Cry rocks harder than your favorite band. But can they save classical music from itself?

A young person's guide to the orchestra
Night falls in Jamaica Plain. The drunks are flicking cigarettes on the sidewalk outside the Jeanie Johnston pub; on the corner, Santería devotees are buying candles at the Botanica San Miguel. And in between, in a leased storefront, 17 classical musicians are losing their fucking minds to Haydn.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 23, 2012



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The director of Immortals could be Hollywood's most misunderstood blockbuster auteur

Tarsem revealed
When I first saw the trailer for Immortals, I wondered how Tarsem's newest film would be misinterpreted.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  November 30, 2011

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Voices carry

Marty hears things that aren't there. Doctors say she's schizophrenic. A new movement says she's just human.
She can hear a baby crying. She searches the house, each cluttered room, the closets, under the bed. She checks the cupboards. She checks behind the shower curtains. There is no baby.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  October 21, 2011

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In his new graphic novel, Craig Thompson wins an argument with God

Illuminated manuscript
This book is a gorgeous object; to make it, Thompson apparently covered himself in honey and rolled around in a thousand years of Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art, and the result is breathtaking — the amount of ink expended on one resplendent panel after another, not to mention the virtuoso draftsmanship, speaks of hundreds of hours of hard work.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  August 31, 2011

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Cruelty, compassion, and a capuchin, a decade later

The baby in the box
I had tried not to look at the monkey's tits — the result, Janet told me later, of a glandular disorder. They bounced whenever the monkey moved. If you shaved them, they would have been a pretty nice set.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  August 04, 2011

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Carla Speed McNeil's magic city

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You arrive in Anvard as an immigrant. The city is vast and perplexing, full of its own signs and codes, but little by little you learn its language.  
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  July 01, 2011



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Lynda Barry in search of the image world

Drawing the line
Drawing the line
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  April 13, 2011

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Life during wartime

NGO big or go home
In Fallujah, Marine Captain Rye Barcott got good at separating the two parts of his soul.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  April 06, 2011

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Make It So: 7 of the geekiest sex toys ever made (NSFW)

To boldly go
It's a common misconception that nerds don't have sex. On the contrary. Nerds have more sex, and weirder sex, than you're having.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 10, 2011

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Review: Undertow

A story of loss
It would be best if you went to this movie knowing nothing about it so that it could simply unfold for you.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 03, 2011
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