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Reel Life: 14 1/2 hours on the Armageddon express

Talk about encores, and overkill. Peter Watkins’s The War Game (1965) was a 47-minute black-and-white pseudodocumentary of a “limited” nuclear strike against Britain (with the comparatively paltry weapons of the era), and it remains by far the most gut-twisting film treatment of the unthinkable possibility of nuclear war. Unthinkable? Actually a lot of highly educated […]

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Alienation brought on by a high-density environment is what this and other photographs by Michael Ensdorf in “Eight Close Up” are meant to convey. The work of Ensdorf and seven other photographers will be on display through Friday, May 29, in the New Works Gallery of the U. of I.’s Architecture and Art Building, 845 […]

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Local Lit: James McManus’s end-of-the-world epic

The fiction trade is never booming but it’s been relatively healthy of late. Short-story collections — tidy albums of terse snapshots framed with irony — have been a particularly popular commodity. This mild bull market is encouraging but conceals insidious dangers. Success breeds imitation and complacency, discouraging risk, excess, and ambition. Writers grow in craft […]