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Sex, movies and the desperate attempt to shock audiences
For the past year or two, it seems, movies have become obsessed with sex, continually upping the ante on tone, subject matter and explicitness - and "50 Shades of Grey" hasn't even come out yet.
A man with amnesia taught us how memories become personal
Although not as celebrated as the late American amnesiac H.M., for my money K.C. taught us more important and poignant things about how memory works. He showed how we make memories personal and personally meaningful. He also had a heck of a life story.
Voters beware of oligarchs and bogeymen
Scaring voters to distract them from issues is a tired - and bipartisan - ploy sure to be in heavy rotation this campaign season.
Don't blame voters for low turnout
Suppose nobody votes this year. On Nov. 4 the doors to the polling places are thrown open, and there isn't anyone in line. No absentee ballots are filed. No one litigates, charging either fraud or discrimination, because there weren't any voters.
It won't happen. But if it did, pundits and activists would surely blame public apathy for such a catastrophe. I'd name a different culprit: the major parties, their candidates and their acolytes in the news media.
Comic books and race in America go hand in hand
Comic books haven't always been a place where African-Americans can find characters they relate to. Black comic characters ranged from being barely noticeable and featuring blatantly disrespectful instances, to receiving lessened moments of racism from decade to decade.
Hate With Friends, the fun new Facebook tool
WASHINGTON - Hating movies, earworms, conventions of grammar, clothing brands, diet fads - you get the twinkle of pleasure without the glob of guilt, or the cold brush of fear. A Coldplay song doesn't know you hate it.
Why getting some eyes and ears in N.C. legislature good idea
RALEIGH – Sunshine Week was March 16-22 across the country. No, that doesn’t mean we’re had sunny weather all week. Instead, it was a week designed to highlight open government initiatives and spur conversation about citizen access to our government.
Republicans’ reluctance to borrow
RALEIGH – A couple of years ago, a friend who was working to raise money for a major cultural project in the state asked my opinion about the likelihood of winning a state grant from legislators.
How improv comedy skills became a must-have for entrepreneurs
NEW YORK - A few years ago, for complex reasons, I attended the orientation week for Columbia Business School students. The week involved team-building exercises that forced us to solve problems together.
Turning up the heat on Wos
RALEIGH — In Congress, the drama of a committee hearing where lawmakers get into confrontational question-and-answer sessions with those testifying before them are not so unusual.
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