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Defense of the Realm

A minor parliamentary scandal takes on ominous proportions when a reporter for a right-wing London tabloid (Gabriel Byrne) uncovers a pattern of deception that points to a high-level government cover-up. Credible politics is the last thing you’d expect from David Drury’s pulpy, paranoid thriller, and, not surprisingly, it’s the last thing you get: the film […]

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Therese Martin died of neglect and consumption in a Carmelite convent at the age of 25, leaving behind little more than a slim volume of memoirs and a reputation for piety and self-mortification. Like an obsessed artist or athlete, she had honed her life for one end–the sainthood she was granted in 1925, less than […]

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The Straight Dope

During the recent coverage of the Super Bowl I read something about New York City officials being concerned that people watching the game on TV might all go to the bathroom during the commercials and flush the toilet at the same time, causing a catastrophic pressure drop. Was this for real? Did anything really happen? […]

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William Ferris Chorale

Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, the William Ferris Chorale has garnered quite a reputation, here and abroad, as an avid and assured presenter of a refreshingly diverse repertory of 19th- and 20th-century vocal music. What makes the chorale and its founder even more special is their willingness to revive obscure and unjustly neglected works. Such […]