Book Review: A Drowned Maiden’s Hair

Laura Amy Schlitz has written a fantastic book, though I’m honestly not sure what makes “A Drowned Maiden’s Hair” a “young adult” book. I suppose the story of slightly-bratty, lonely Maud, an impoverished orphan taken in by a trio of mysterious old ladies is a tale that has no sex, little if any swearing and…
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Music Review: Modern Vampires Of The City

Vampire Weekend’s third album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” released earlier this year, has drawn some criticism because some believe its tone and style differs from the group’s previous work. “Modern” is darker; its tunes reek of existential doubt and cynicism, its lyrics speak of death, time, God, identity and betrayal. However, if you were…
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Movie Review: The Artist

I was afraid The Artist would be a pretentious piece of crud, partly because it had won so many awards, and partly because it was both in black-and-white and almost without sound. After all, using black and white now can seem gimmicky or simply too precious and cutesy. It’s not used a lot for full…
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Real Klingons Wear Pink In Star Trek: The Animated Series

Giant pink tribbles. Spock casting magic spells. The crew turning into babies, growing gills, or shrinking. Is there no weirdness that failed to occur on Star Trek: The Animated Series? No. No, there isn’t. And that’s why the show, which ran from 1973-74, is pure, unadulterated awesome. Though it occupies a dubious position in Trekkie…
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Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Every generation gets its own Batman, and perhaps each generation gets the Batman it deserves. When movies are part of a set, like this one is, it’s hard to judge each one on its own merits, and there were a lot of high expectations from “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third movie in the most…
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