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Bloody Andrew Jackson’s revisionist history

If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson were a chapter in a history book, it would be a comical pop-up section showing arrows and tomahawks flying, fists and flags waving, audible gunfire, political rallies, lots of speech balloons with bad language, and a pu
Anarchy in the US
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 20, 2012
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Reel-to-reel: A long-lost Malcolm X speech recovered

I was born just two years before Spike Lee's 1992 biopic about Malcolm X and starting in kindergarten, I have faced the question in an almost endless loop: are you named after him?
History Dept.
By MALCOLM BURNLEY  |  February 10, 2012
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The Making of Paul LePage, Part 2

Governor Paul LePage has made plenty of waves in his first year in office, and has many wondering where his sometimes provocative political attitudes come from. In this two part series we ask: who is Paul LePage?
Rise to Power
By COLIN WOODARD  |  January 20, 2012
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A Roger Williams professor tackles William F. Buckley Jr.

Conservative thinker William F. Buckley Jr. was, perhaps, America's most important 20th-century public intellectual.
Thinkers
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 23, 2011
A Heroic Life

Review: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

In this tour de force biopic, cartoonist-filmmaker Joann Sfar uses darkly comic fairy tale elements to illustrate Gainsbourg's creative process.
The life of Serge Gainsbourg
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 28, 2011
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Our quirky, compelling senator

Any faithful reader of the Providence Journal is familiar with the talents of G. Wayne Miller — a reporter with a remarkable knack for storytelling.
Profiles
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011


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Review: Beautiful Darling

Andy Warhol superfans remember Candy Darling as a friend of the Pop artist, as an actress in his films, or as a name in Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side."
A discomforting look at a transsexual actress's difficult life and isolating pursuit of fame
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 06, 2011
Bobby Fischer

Review: Frank Brady searches for Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer was (a) a former world chess champion; (b) the greatest chess player who ever lived; (c) an idiot savant; (d) a prodigy; (e) a megalomaniac; (f) anti-Semitic; (g) paranoid; (h) the guy Barbra Streisand had a crush on in high
Dead end?
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 12, 2011
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Review: Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Stephin Merritt, the inscrutable and reluctant frontman of Magnetic Fields, is short, gay, and owns a chihuahua. Otherwise, details are scarce.
Slim portrait of a mysterious, monosyllabic man
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 23, 2010
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Searching for Stephen King

In 1983, Doubleday published yet another book from the increasingly renowned Stephen King, whose Carrie and The Shining (to name just two) were already popular books and movies.
A new biography presents facts but not a full story
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 15, 2010
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Restoring a master

When Marc Chagall died in 1985 at the age of 98 he was internationally famous, wealthy, and had lived to see a museum built for him by the French government.
A new biography seeks to redefine Marc Chagall's place in art history
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 25, 2009