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  • March 22, 2013   BY Tom LeGro and Jeffrey Brown  

    Nigerian novelist, poet, essayist, statesman and dissident Chinua Achebe died Thursday in Boston after a brief illness. He was 82. Achebe emerged upon the literary world in 1958 with the publication of his novel “Things Fall Apart,” which has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages.
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  • March 15, 2013   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    What is postmodern poetry? That’s the question Paul Hoover poses for his introduction to the Norton Anthology’s second edition of “Postmodern American Poetry.”
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  • March 8, 2013   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    “The Searchers” is, of course, the name of director John Ford’s famous 1956 Western starring John Wayne. But it’s also part of a much bigger American story, steeped in myth, told and re-told in different forms. It’s now at the heart of a new book titled “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend.”
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  • March 1, 2013   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    Based on the classical mythology by Ovid and notably set in a pool of water (a nod to the ancient maritime cultures), Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” earned her a 2002 Tony Award and a claim as one of the theater world’s leading directors. That play is currently being performed at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
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  • February 28, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    Poet David Ferry reads from his collection “Bewilderment.”
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  • February 22, 2013   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    We’re talking to all of the filmmakers nominated this year for an Academy Award in the category of Best Documentary Feature, including David France, director of “How to Survive a Plague,” Malik Bendjelloul (“Searching for Sugarman”), Kirby Dick (“The Invisible … Continue reading

  • February 20, 2013   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    “The Gatekeepers” is a film that consists mostly of interviews with six men, but they happen to be six former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency. Jeffrey Brown talks to the director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary.
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  • February 18, 2013   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    Sexual assault within the U.S. military has been the subject of scandals, studies and a recent congressional hearing. But it’s perhaps never been so thoroughly investigated and dramatically presented as in the documentary, “The Invisible War,” which has been nominated for an Academy Award.
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  • February 15, 2013   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    In 1970, a singer-songwriter going by the name Rodriguez released an album called “Cold Fact.” It got some good reviews but sold next to nothing, and within a few years Rodriguez had returned to life as a laborer in Detroit. But in South Africa he became a major star. The story is told in the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Searching for Sugar Man.”
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  • February 8, 2013   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    A bachelor party that doesn’t quite go as planned, followed by a wedding that’s interrupted by the arrival of a boat of Haitian refugees. Throw in a large python snake, some Russian gangsters and the city of Miami — or at least Dave Barry’s version of it — and you get his new novel, “Insane City.”
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