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Why Argo won

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February 26, 2013
Why Argo won

I went into apoplectic mode when Michelle Obama opened the envelope last Sunday night, Oscar night, and drew out the paper that said Argo. The flawed account of the Canadian rescue of six American embassy staff members during the 1979-1981 hostage incident in Iran had won for best picture. How could this be? I...
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Harper’s blasts Spielberg’s Lincoln

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January 11, 2013
Harper’s blasts Spielberg’s Lincoln

Anyone who has seen Lincoln, nominated for 12 Oscars and likely to win quite a few on February 24, may want to read Harper’s (February 2013) for a second opinion. Thomas Frank, who describes Steven Spielberg as “that Michelangelo of the trite,” speaks for me with the following statement about the filmmaker’s regular forays...
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Where does it all begin?

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November 27, 2012
Where does it all begin?

Novelist Louis de Bernieres, perhaps best known for his book Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, has a somewhat depressing view of history. Unfortunately it seems to ring rather true when applied to today’s messy murderous world. “History has no beginnings, for everything that happens becomes the cause or pretext for what occurs afterwards, and this chain...
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Hunting for Hobsbawms – A Tribute

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October 9, 2012
Hunting for Hobsbawms – A Tribute

It wasn’t difficult to find London’s Marx Memorial Library. It was just around the corner from the Betsey Trotwood, no doubt a favoured watering hole for more than a few earnest Marxist historians quenching their thirst before heading off to a corner of that tiny and somewhat clandestine place where Lenin once ran his...
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