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2:07 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Indie Queen Posey Reigns Over Familiar Territory

Posey has been making audiences laugh since the '90s in cult classics like Dazed and Confused and Best in Show.
IFC Films

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 4:03 pm

When Parker Posey was crowned "queen of the indies" in the mid-to-late '90s, the title referred to her Sundance-dominating ubiquity. But it could just as well have applied to the Parker Posey type — powerful and wonderfully imperious, with a habit of cutting her underlings down to size.

That's the Posey who turns up in Michael Walker's tense comedy Price Check, where she plays a relentless corporate climber who shakes up a sleepy regional office. She inspires. She terrorizes. Whatever it takes to get the job done.

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Movie Reviews
2:06 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Putting Some Awkwardly Adolescent Fun In 'Funeral'

On the days they work funerals, Charlie (Alex Maizus) and his altar-boy friends have a habit of ditching school afterward and finding mischief.
Freestyle Releasing

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 4:03 pm

The titular altar boys would probably enjoy Funeral Kings. The first feature from sibling filmmakers Kevin and Matthew McManus has most everything the average adolescent boy wants: swearing, smoking, swearing, gun violence, swearing and cute girls. And swearing.

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All Songs Considered
2:06 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

First Watch: Miguel, 'The Thrill (Live)'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:58 am

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It's All Politics
2:06 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Republican Lock On Florida's Cuban-American Vote May Be Over

American and Cuban flags in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 7:07 pm

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The Picture Show
2:03 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Architectural Remnants Of World's Fairs Passed

The Montreal Biosphere is the former United States pavilion from the 1967 expo.
Jade Doskow

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 6:55 pm

My first thought when I saw Jade Doskow's photo series was: "Wait, are we still doing world's fairs?"

I mean, I guess I kind of knew the answer, since they happen pretty much every year. But still, I never really think about it. And Doskow wasn't surprised; there's been a waning interest practically since World War I.

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Family Planning Is A Human Right, Says U.N.

U.N. Population Fund executive director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Aug. 29, 2012 in Myanmar.
Khin Maung Win AP

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 9:59 am

Everybody in the world should have access to contraception, says the United Nations Population Fund. By simply helping women space and limit the number of children will add billions of dollars to the world economy, improve global health, increase women's education (which in turn boosts economic output) and save lives.

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Monkey See
2:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Crowdsourcing 'Springsteen & I': An Open Invitation To Fans Of The Boss

Michael Dwyer Associated Press

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 1:20 pm

I saw Bruce Springsteen perform when I was 12. It was my first real concert, and I was there with my parents. (I have cool parents.) I remember it vividly — the giant screens surrounding the stage, the heady aroma of weed, that deep chant of "Bruuuuuce" that swelled through the stadium and kept going and going and going.

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Alt.Latino
1:57 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Cuban Sounds: From Mambo To Pop, And Back Again

Alex Cuba.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:24 am

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Book Reviews
1:57 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Munro Weighs The Twists And Turns Of This 'Dear Life'

Alice Munro is a Canadian writer and the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work.
Derek Shapton Courtesy of Knopf

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 11:56 am

More than a dozen short-story collections since Canada's Alice Munro published her first book, and she now seems as much an institution as any living writer. We count on her for a particular variety of short story, the sort that gives us so much life within the bounds of a single tale that it nourishes us almost as much as a novel does.

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The Record
1:56 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Divinity From Dust: The Healing Power Of 'The Disintegration Loops'

Ambient music composer William Basinski says the four-volume work, now a box set, saved his life.
James Elaine

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:30 am

William Basinski has lived on both American coasts, but I know a Southern gentleman when I hear one. The ambient music composer, who grew up in Texas, is on vacation visiting the Celeste ranch of his partner James Elaine's family when I call him — "I just fed the horses apples," he mentions — and is just as sweet as I'd heard from colleagues. He pauses long between words, measuring each one because the weight of each word is just as important as its meaning.

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