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Your So-Called Cherished Life

I had a thought this morning, so I thought I’d share it with you. I was thinking about how I don’t want to get murdered, because if someone murders me, then my life is over. You probably are concerned with getting murdered, as well, so
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Dr. Dre and Eminem

This week, I was talking about the distinction between critics and artists in my novel Poker Tales. This is one of those things that concerned me when I was an academic. As a literary critic, I thought it was my role to come in
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Yumi Arai

I'm way behind on my work this week, so here's a Beach Boys inspired song from Japanese superstar Yumi Arai, aka Yumi Matsutoya. It's called Rouge no Dengon ["Lipstick Message" in English]: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6nnLkdc8OQ While you're listening, you can read about Yumi here. But if not,
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My Last Leone

Towards the end of last year, I finished watching 150 westerns in preparation for a future project. But, as I did when I watched 150 film noirs, I saved a few choice bits for last because I knew that my pace of watching so many
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Okay, I'm done with my 'authentic' American music for a while. Now I'm going to travel to Eastern Europe, where they are gradually imitating the individualism of the West without penetrating the surface. In this, they are perhaps imitating the worst parts of the
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