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Norman Mailer, Towering Writer With Matching Ego, Dies at 84 – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/10/books/11mailer.html?pagewanted=all Another missed obit, this time for larger-than-life writer, Norman Mailer. I’ve read and re-read The Executioner’s Song, and have seen him in a fascinating interview with a French documentarian. For these, I’m willing to excuse his brashness, his anti-woman 60s pronouncements, and the fact that I haven’t read any of his other works. But […]

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The Fountain – Movies – Review – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/22/movies/22foun.html Since 2006 was my Year of Overlooked Pop-Culture, I missed this scintillating A.O. Scott review. This is A.O. at his best: An appreciation for concepts that don’t quite work, constructive criticism of what went wrong and how things may have been better done, and the usual healthy dose of pretension-deflating humour. The Fountain was […]

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Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/features/top10/index.html Here’s another of the Gazette’s outsized-personality columnists – Jack Todd. Courtesy of the Vietnam draft, he’s a “transplanted American” who spent years dragging himself up by his combat-bootstraps to attain the status of Crusty Sportswriter. His pieces are generally simple, but terrifically involving reads. I kept a copy of his “athlete of the century” […]

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