Arts & Culture

Crack on Back: An Unpublished Work Exposing Dr. Suess’s Deep Love Affair with the Devil’s Dandruff

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by PHELON BROWN

Was the late and much-loved Dr. Suess a devoted dabbler in Disco Dust?? Did he have the proverbial monkey on his back, or as he might have said, “crack on back”? In a journalistic coup not seen since the Pentagon papers, freelance correspondent Phelan Brown unearthed a heretofore unpublished verbal manuscript that Suess insisted not be released until 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 years after his death in 1991. The Fishwrapper recently released the complete transcript, a sample of which is reproduced here:...



Audiences Criticize New Film About Genocide for Being "Depressing"

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by ARMON MAHDAVI

“Tears That Never Dry,” the new film by Cannes award-winning director Jean-Luc Bergman, has faced significant controversy after its limited release on Nov. 10. The film, which chronicles a family’s experience during the mass killings that took place in Kazakhstan in the 1930s, has been described by audiences as “a real downer.”...



Profile: Who Was Jesus, Really?

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by Elizabeth Bernbaum

This year’s Easter Sunday inspired new interest from analysts across the nation to figure out what kind of guy Christ really was. Our reporters sat down with accredited historian Jared Inglemore to get the scoop....


New Wes Anderson Film Literally A Children’s Pop-up Book

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by Ricky Spaulding

Scheduled for nationwide release this summer, Director Wes Anderson’s new film Victrola Whimsy and the Incorrigible Mayfly is a children’s pop-up book. Through 14 pages of subtly striking pop-up watercolor artwork, the film tells the charming story of 10-year-old Victrola Whimsy, the adopted daughter of a single hot-air balloon pilot, and their journey to meet a mysterious entomologist who lives in isolation on a small Connecticut island....


New Evidence Suggests All of Shakespeare’s Plays Were Written by a Computer in 2004

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by Ricky Spaulding

Detailed textual analysis of Shakespeare’s plays has indicated that they were all written by a computer program in 2004. This new discovery settles an authorship debate that has dominated scholarly discussions of these influential works of Early Modern drama for centuries. The software that penned such famous tales as "Hamlet," "Macbeth," and "Othello" is owned by W.W. Norton & Company, which uses it to generate filler for its English literature anthologies. New reports suggest the program also generated the complete works of literary heavyweights Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and T.S. Eliot. In fact, the only English literature written by a human being is, surprisingly, the work of Shakespeare’s lesser-known contemporary Ben Jonson, whose plays are far fewer and far worse than those written by the computer....