American culture

Book Review: “Girl of My Dreams” — A Vivid Look at Hollywood and History

May 23, 2015
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Peter Davis knows Hollywood from the inside and has written a splendid novel about the great days of Tinsel Town with the kind of passion you rarely see anywhere these days.

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Book Review: “Curtains?” — Grim But Valuable Truths about the Future of the Arts in America.

February 24, 2015
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Curtains? is not entirely satisfying, but I’ll give Michael M. Kaiser points for honesty, clarity, and for not dodging uncomfortable truths.

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Arts Interview: America’s Arts Economy — Future Tragically Imperfect

February 23, 2015
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Over the next two decades, slow-creeping climate change is coming to the arts in America — the arctic ice on which the creative class stands is melting.

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Book Interview: “Prejudices” Complete — The World According to H. L. Mencken

October 26, 2010
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It is our good fortune that the Library of America has decided to make H. L. Mencken’s Prejudices, a mother load of uproarious, unruly, acidic reviews and commentaries on all things American — books, music, democracy, religion, education, food, women, mores — available.

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