The All CNF Issue

Self-Muzzling in a Clickbait World That Never Could Have Spawned the Sex Pistols Without The Kinks

I admit it: I like rummaging through those “Top” lists I often find on websites to which I would never venture without being prompted by a link on a site I normally visit. Brief stints of boredom at work prompt me to scan through the Top 25 Guitarists of All Time, the Top 10 Beatles Albums, the Top 10 Brando Movies, the Top 50 Worst Songs of All Time, the Top 25 Horror Movies of the 1990s, and so on. The brevity of the annotations for each enumerated item makes it easy for me to complete a list in five minutes or so. I quickly agree or disagree with a summation and even learn some bar trivia along the way. Really, though, raking through lists like this is what I consider to be a “guilty pleasure.” I surely should be doing something more productive, yet I click onto the next “Top” list.

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I get her number and it’s fairly easy because we work together so I can use that excuse and play it off. But I’m not too worried about it because she laughs at my lame jokes and looks at me with a look that says “I like you” and that’s fine because I’ve been talking to her long enough to know that I like her too and so she agrees when I tell her we should hang out sometime.

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Cruising Paradise with Sam Shepard

In 1979, Sam Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for his dark drama, Buried Child, and in 1984, he earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff. In 1980, one of Shepard’s most popular “dysfunctional family” plays, True West, opened to acclaim; after three decades, it is often revived. A Lie of the Mind opened in 1985 and won the Drama Desk award that year for best play. In a recent interview, Shepard insisted A Lie of the Mind is a better play than Buried Child. Lie has not one but two dysfunctional families on stage, and possibly because of the split focus and length, A Lie of the Mind is rarely performed.

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An ongoing assortment of books by contributors, staff, and books we've featured in reviews.