Antonia M.R. Peacocke

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Charting the Distance

Here are some things that I take to be true:

Books

Cossery’s Clever ‘Color’ Combines Commentary and Comedy

Cossery is the Jon Stewart of Francophone literature, an author who sees levity and irony as necessary for sanity in a myopic political climate.

Music

Girl in a Coma’s Fourth Release Forgettable, Inconsistent

“Exits & All The Rest,” the Texan rock trio’s fourth release, features some powerful anthems and a couple of moving melodies. But the entire album comes off as an exercise in musical suspense and suggestion, a rock ramble that manages to evoke everything from coy sensuality to dramatic defiance without investing any of that with the least speck of importance.

Books

Ghosh's 'River' Is Shimmering But Shallow

In his attempt to comment on the political altercations surrounding the opium trade, Ghosh neglects to endow his own language and characters with the same depth he gives to their meals and dialects.

Film

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2' is a Gutting Goodbye

It is precisely the lack of any kind of feel-good factor that makes this last installment in the Harry Potter epic so compelling. This is no longer a story about magic itself, but about childhood and its bittersweet demise.

Books

‘Leeches’ a Powerful Meditation on Limitations of Language

“Leeches” emerges from its entanglement with Serbian politics as a powerful postmodernist struggle with the impotence and emptiness of language.

Arts Poll 2010
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Arts Poll 2010

Students pick the best of 2010

Arts Poll 2010
College

Arts Poll 2010

Students pick the best of 2010

Books

The Ten Worst (Best?) Puns of Arts 2010

Here are the ten most groan-worthy specimens of puns from the past twelve months.

Books

Rushdie Rekindles Old Myths in ‘Fire of Life’

Richard Avedon, one of the greatest American photographers of the last century, once took an unforgettable portrait of Salman Rushdie.

Books

James Franco’s Literary Debut Proves Shallow, Adolescent

Franco’s failure to extract meaning from the chaos he depicts seems not so much a natural reaction to the teenage condition, but rather a trivial consequence of the poverty of his insight.

Books

Sedaris Satirizes Nutty Animals in ‘Squirrel’

“I said that you were not conceived of mutual orgasm and that it probably affected your ability to empathize, remember?”

Features

Editor's Picks 2009

Arts execs take a break from ranking Radiohead vs. Spoon to rank... whatever they feel like.

Music

Norah Jones

“The Fall” (Blue Note) -- 3.5 STARS

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The Harvard Job

What does it take to steal a Rembrandt? Surely one must divert the museum guard’s attention, disable alarms, twist through

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Then Rain Comes

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Rainy Day Impression

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Saudade, or Nostalgia

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Unlocking the Map