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Elizabeth Cauvel vs. Courtney Lapresi is going to be the MasterChef 2014 finale, right?

MasterChef seems to be a big fan of the narrative thread this season perhaps more than any other — for example, Leslie and Ahran feuded repeatedly in early challenges and then, on Ahran’s eventual elimination night, it was her vs. 860 more words

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Doctor Who Character Review: Series 6 and 7

by William Hohmeister

This is a character review of Doctor Who series 6 and 7. The review of the story arcs, the writing, and my hopes and dreams are in tomorrow’s article. 883 more words


Ice Bucket Challenge

I am always surprised at the various passionate outbursts when it comes to social media campaigns like the ALS ice bucket one, and the no make-up selfie before it, and whatever will come next. 315 more words

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Spaghetti Westerns and Reggae on AllMusic

Interesting information about the international popularity of Spaghetti westerns in this review by Mark Deming of “The Big Gundown: Reggae Inspired by Spaghetti Westerns”:

While the average American’s perception of reggae music tends to be centered around ganja, good times and Jah, anyone who has seriously studied Jamaican popular culture knows that they value the bad ass above and beyond all else, so it’s no wonder that Italian Westerns from the 1960s and ’70s were a popular item on the island.

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Morning Mixtape: 'Odds And Ends' By Bob Dylan

The great Bob Dylan is releasing another chapter in his terrific Bootleg Series. This is the 11th volume and it covers the complete Basement Tapes, a series of recordings made with… 132 more words

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Academia and the people without jobs

Academia and the people without jobs

by Ryan Anderson

The 1960s are over. When are we going to wake up and realize that it’s 2014 and our academic paradise is a smoldering ash heap, a sad leftover from thirty something years of complete and utter demolition? 2,152 more words