Jeremy Irons in Steven Soderbergh's "Kafka."

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Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.
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What The Great Gatsby Reveals About The Jazz Age

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel embraced jazz, while also falling prey to the racist caricatures associated with it.

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A look at the recent boon in archaic terms and its relationship to "hipster" culture.
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Taylor Swift: 1989’s Confessional Poet

Since she first came to prominence, Taylor Swift's songs have been read autobiographically.
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Still Visible: William Styron’s Memoir of Madness 25 Years Later

An interview with the daughter of William Styron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sophie's Choice.