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The annunciations

The broad brush strokes of Teddy Kennedy's presidential announcement may have uplifted liberal hearts, but Jerry Brown's announcement challenged liberal thinking with some pencil-sharp specifics about the role of government in economic planning for the 1
East Coast, West Coast: It's the Ted & Jerry Show
By MARCO TRBOVICH AND CHARLES P. PIERCE  |  August 28, 2009
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Surf bored

Paranoia isn't what it used to be — not for Thomas Pynchon, at any rate.
Little virtue in Pynchon's Inherent Vice
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2009
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Dark passage

The Production Code, Hollywood's notorious self-censorship program, was instituted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1930, but it didn't go into effect till 1934, when it was administered by Joseph I. Breen.
Film noir and the Production Code at the MFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 29, 2009
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Rating the raters

I’m surprised that this close to the November elections neither party has opted for the tried-and-true tradition of scapegoating Hollywood indecency for easy votes. You don't know Dick: Kirby on making an unrated film. By Peter Keough
Kirby Dick goes after the MPAA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006
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Fringe benefits

The clock is ticking in The Maternal Instinct (at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre through April 16).
The Maternal Instinct and Rosa
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  April 11, 2006