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Amazon.com

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Americana, Featured | Comments Off on Amazon.com

Okay, here’s a project: Try to think of something Amazon doesn’t sell. Oh, I can’t believe where your mind went. Of...

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“Joy of Cooking”

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Featured, Food | Comments Off on “Joy of Cooking”

If ever a cookbook deserved to be a Great American Thing, this is the one. Sure, you could argue for Julia Child’s Mastering the Art...

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L.L. Bean

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Americana, Featured | Comments Off on L.L. Bean

In today’s urbanized America, it’s not likely that a company started by someone named Leon Leonwood Bean and headquartered in...

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Mariah Carey

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Featured, Singer | Comments Off on Mariah Carey

Somewhere in America, there’s a little kid who’ll see Mariah Carey on some talk show, won’t know that she’s sold...

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Dance with My Father, by Luther Vandross

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Featured, Songs | Comments Off on Dance with My Father, by Luther Vandross

I have to admit, I didn’t appreciate Luther Vandross enough while he was alive. What a smooth, pure, R&B voice he had....

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Come Away with Me, by Norah Jones

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Featured, Music | Comments Off on Come Away with Me, by Norah Jones

When I first heard Norah Jones, I assumed she was maybe in her 40’s, judging solely by that dusky voice. Then, of course, I saw a...

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MTV Unplugged by Tony Bennett

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Featured, Music | Comments Off on MTV Unplugged by Tony Bennett

“I’ve always been unplugged,” Tony Bennett said. Even so, of all the artists who’ve appeared in this MTV showcase,...

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The Producers

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Featured | Comments Off on The Producers

I don’t think The Producers is Mel Brooks’s finest screenplay – how could you argue against Young Frankenstein? –...

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The Way We Were, by Barbra Streisand

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Featured, Songs | Comments Off on The Way We Were, by Barbra Streisand

  Barbra Streisand was at the height of her popularity when she paired with Robert Redford in The Way We Were. Movie: yawn. Song:...

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Natalie Portman

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Actor, Featured | Comments Off on Natalie Portman

It’s not often that I can remember the first time I saw an actor or actress, but I remember watching Natalie Portman in the movie...

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