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Rejecting the “BuzzFeed” Model

Why its juxtaposition of the silly and serious is bad for publications everywhere

Hugh Jackman as The Man, Laura Donnelly as The Other Woman in THE RIVER, a new play by Jez Butterworth, directed by Ian Rickson, at Circle in the Square Theatre (50th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).
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A Man and a Woman Are One. A Man a Woman and a Sea Trout Are One.

The River seduces the audience at Circle in the Square in New York – but to what object?

America’s Home-Made Art

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Marilynne Robinson Returns to Gilead

Lila: A Novel, Marilynne Robinson, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 272 pages

America at 78 r.p.m.

Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78 rpm Records, Amanda Petrusich, Scribner, 272 pages

How Pop Made a Revolution

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé, Bob Stanley, W.W. Norton, 624 pages

The High Life in Letters

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