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The Tao of Steve

December 1, 2010
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For their wit and challenge, Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics have virtually come to symbolize our modern musical theater. A new collection gathers the lyrics to all those maddening, memorable songs, and adds to them with Sondheim’s own comments.

Fetch My Embroidery!

September 1, 2010
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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine a power in medieval politics or a glittering figurehead? This wife of two kings and mother of four stars in a new novel by Alison Weir – but will the real Eleanor please stand up?

An Anvil Unto Sorrow

August 1, 2010
Edward-and-Gaveston

What we know about Edward II came from the brilliant mind of Christopher Marlowe. A new biography seeks to separate the real man from the dramatist’s fertile imagination.

The Idea of Her

June 1, 2010
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Her stature has only grown over time, dominating bookstores, television, movie theaters, and now the Internet. She’s Jane Austen, the world’s least likely pop star.

The Mines of Mania

May 1, 2010
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Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to game we go as Phillip Lobo delves into the subterranean pleasures of Dwarfortress

Rapture Crash

April 1, 2010
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There’s a frightening possibility at the heart of Jaron Lanier’s new manifesto You Are Not a Gadget: how often do we subjugate our own personalities to the fixed designs of computer software?

Coming Out of the Room

February 1, 2010
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Stuart Weisberg’s biography of Barney Frank may be scattered and incomplete, but it’s got one huge saving grace: Frank’s own witticisms on nearly every page.

An Actor’s Journal – Fuddy Meers

December 1, 2009
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The smell of sawdust, misplaced props, shouts about lights: Steve Brachmann reports on a play going up and the ways in which several real people play their parts.

Carmen ex Machina

September 1, 2009
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The blips and whistles of Mario’s soundtrack have evolved into grand strings and horns. Phillip A. Lobo assays how real music has come to video games, and vice versa.