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AMAZONIA: FIVE YEARS AT THE EPICENTER OF THE DOT.COM JUGGERNAUT James Marcus New Press James Marcus’s amusing memoir tells how it was to be in the right place (Seattle) at the right time (the 90s). Personally interviewed by Jeff Bezos, Marcus was the 55th hire at then ramshackle Amazon.com. Tired of starving as a freelance […]

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AGAINST LOVE: A POLEMIC Laura Kipnis Pantheon The title of the latest from cultural critic Laura Kipnis’s seems tactically misleading. Romantic love makes a juicy target for a would-be enfant terrible–the apparent ambition of a writer who opens her book with a “Reader’s Advisory” that warns us to “Please fasten your seatbelts: we are about […]

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Chi Lives: slam master Sully

Dan Sullivan’s first performance at the Mental Graffiti open mike was on April 7, 2003–the day he turned 21 and thus the first night Funky Buddha Lounge would let him in. Host Krystal Ashe knew him from the all-ages slam scene–he’d won the 2002 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award–and scheduled him to perform at […]

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Did We See the Same Play?

Dear Editors: I’d like to applaud Justin Hayford for the praise he extends to Viaduct Theater’s production of Denis Johnson’s Hellhound on My Trail [September 27]. However, the cursory way he dismisses the third act–“only in the last third of the final scene does his sense of drama fall apart completely”; “neither he nor Cass […]