The Electoral College: A sign of deeper problems in American democracy

The Critic Who Counts

Something about Vice President Joe Biden’s snarky smirks in his debate against Paul Ryan tells me he wouldn’t work too well with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. And something about Mitt Romney’s twist of the hokey and the debonair tells me he wouldn’t appreciate Biden’s quaint quirkiness. There’s been more
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Vonnegut’s idiosyncrasies revealed in letter compilation

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. never wrote an autobiography — his story is in his works, woven into the irony-filled science fiction that he’s known for. He never wrote a singular personal account perhaps because the category would be too constricting and the self-reflection too painful. Right before his sudden death in
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‘A Late Quartet,’ a subtle melancholic build-up

The audience, on and off-screen, is introduced to a set of empty chairs. Musicians look uncomfortable as they step onstage. The scene cuts before they begin to play. Voila! Instant suspense. Director Yaron Zilberman’s drama “A Late Quartet” grapples with the medium of classical music. Like in “A Clockwork Orange,”
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Talking with Bay Area rapper G-Eazy

Outside the Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco on Sunday night, the streets went wild with the news of the Giants’ World Series win. Inside, the energy (and the crowd) was just as high when Bay Area-born rapper and producer, G-Eazy, stopped by as part of his nationwide
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‘Bad Dads’ features art based on Anderson films

There are two major Wes Anderson camps — either you’ve never heard of the guy, or you eat his movies up like deliciously twee vegan crepes. Building on his signature style of picturesquely framed scenes, dry humor and hopelessly dysfunctional families, Anderson has cropped up quite the following, especially apparent
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Oakland revived by Art Murmur

Oakland at the turn of the millennium looked very different from the city that was ranked as one of the top places to go in 2012 by the New York Times. Since then, the sparse neighborhoods of desolate buildings and fast food restaurants have been replaced by art galleries, restaurants
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‘Einstein on the Beach’ mesmerizes Zellerbach

Writing a review of “Einstein on the Beach” is a  profound challenge. The opera is hailed as one of the crowning artistic achievements of the 20th century and remains among the most important contributors to modern performance culture. And yet, despite the glitz and glamor surrounding the opera, the endless
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