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Tom Carson

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Tom Carson won two National Magazine Awards during his stint as Esquire's "Screen" columnist and has been nominated twice more as GQ's movie reviewer. Formerly a staff writer at LA Weekly and The Village Voice, he is the author of Gilligan's Wake (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2003) and Daisy Buchanan's Daughter.

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How much the Beatles helped create the '60s and how much the '60s helped create the Beatles is one of the great chicken-and-egg questions. Read more

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By omitting the faces and fears of those opposed to same-sex marriage, The Case Against 8 presents its story as nothing more than a victory lap, assuming every viewer is happy the Supreme Court decision that overturned California's ban. Read more

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Gore Vidal rejoiced in making his readers' lives more complicated by baring the power drives underneath our political pieties. The United States of Amnesia does him, and its audience, no justice. Read more

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If I meant to rub their noses in it as well as open their eyes, no wonder: I was fed up with New York City chauvinism. Read more

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Lawsuits are the billionaire brothers’ weapon of choice—against each other—writes Daniel Schulman in his first-rate new bio. But buying our democracy, and maybe killing it, is pure self-interest. Read more

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While the latest offering from director Jim Jarmusch may be about blood-sucking bohemians, it's really a lament for the vanishing culture of the Beat Generation and mid-century rock and roll. Read more

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One of her work's most salutary effects is its reminder that to cut yourself off from utopian impulses is to die a little. Read more

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Why has Fox's pro-torture, 24 TV series not been put out of our misery? Read more

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A new biography of the former president of France examines the man's setbacks, gambles, and pragmatic self-reinventions. Read more

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The fates of the stars of 1964's The World of Henry Orient say much about the decade in which they came of age. Read more

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The French Minister revisits the speechmaking and politicking that characterized the trans-Atlantic lead up to war. Read more

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In Five Came Back, Mark Harris takes a look at the directors who turned propaganda into high art. Read more

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The Academy Awards grow ever more inconsequential. At least there will be no "we saw your boobs" ditty this year, though.  Read more

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When you buy a ticket to a movie called Pompeii, expecting art or even brains would be fatuous; what you want is a good time. Sue me for confessing I had one.  Read more

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The city's residents are bummed to have been duped by such a dullard.  Read more

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Here’s Jimmy Fallon, the first late-night host too young to have worshipped Carson.   Read more

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Honestly, who on earth thought George Clooney's The Monuments Men was a good idea for a movie?  Read more

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Careless People takes us into the cultural hurly-burly—tabloid affairs and murders—that were likely on F. Scott Fitzgerald's mind while writing The Great Gatsby.  Read more

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Ronan and Mia Farrow took to Twitter to express their outrage after the director was honored at Sunday's Golden Globes, but why hasn't he gotten more grief from the film-world establishment? Read more

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Thinking about Otto Preminger's film 50 years later in the context of Pope Francis. Read more

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