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Hosseini Follows “Kite Runner” with Understated Epic

Richard Dudoc

January 13, 2011

2007’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini offers a look behind the burqa. As the less-heralded follow-up to Khaled Hosseini’s breakthrough novel “The Kite Runner,” 2007’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns” offers another view into life in 1970s and ‘80s Kabul, Afghanistan, onl...

The Kardashians Cement Themselves In Pop Culture

Stephanie Spearman

January 8, 2011

Kourtney, Kim and Khole Kardashian have expanded their money-making horizons in a way that may seem unexpected: they wrote a book. “Kardashian Konfidential” is a triple tag-team autobiography of the three Kardashian sisters from the time they were very young, through their teen years and concludin...

Stars Shine in the Inspired Remake of “True Grit”

Richard Duboc

January 8, 2011

I think everybody has a soft spot for an original that is done right. For multiple generations of movie buffs, 1969’s “True Grit” staring John Wayne and Kim Darby is a timeless classic. An aging 62-year-old Wayne is unforgettable as Rooster Cogburn, an over-the-hill U.S. Marshal who takes on his last mi...

Artist Draws Inspiration From George W. Bush Presidency

Jon Crescenzo

January 8, 2011

In a digitized world, it’s no shock that art too has become digital. The demand continues to skyrocket with guerilla and underground art becoming increasingly assimilated and commoditized into corporate logos and Target T-shirts. No one could escape Shepard Fairey’s eponymous “Hope” poster of Obama during the 2008 election. As the digital arts ride...

Niles Silent Film Museum Speaks For Fremon’st History

Ashley Matuszak

January 8, 2011

Niles, a small neighborhood on the outskirts of Fremont, isn’t exactly a “normal” neighborhood. Antique shops dominate any other businesses. Old-fashioned, rickety buildings line the main street, and Charlie Chaplin’s face seems to be everywhere. Whether you are finding old treasures in “Los...

“Black Swan” a Poignant, Gritty Film

Shane Bond

December 9, 2010

Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” grabs you by the hair and drags you through hell in the most twisted, psychologically disturbing movie about ballet yet. It also just so happens to be one of the best films of the year, even if it is dark, menacing and depressing. Nina, played by Natalie Portman, ...

“Decision Points” Reveals George W. Bush’s Analytical Side

Will Thompson

December 9, 2010

George W. Bush’s memoir, “Decision Points,” is probably the most casual recollection of an eight-year presidency written, especially one that saw America undergo such momentous, era-defining events as the attacks of September 11, the War on Terror and the 2008 global financial crisis. In its 5...

When It Hits, It Hurts in More Ways than One

Carole Reynolds

December 9, 2010

“Mary” was smart, independent, and strong--she was not the sort of woman usually thought of as a victim of domestic violence. “You know, you’re stupid sometimes. You don’t see things you should have seen,” Mary said of a five or six year abusive relationship in her past. Mary was one of about 1.3 million women who are victims of physical ass...

Celebrating Christmas, in the Spirit of Dickens

Gloria Lau

December 2, 2010

The 32nd Annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair offers visitors a chance to celebrate the holidays in a recreation of and the Victorian Era of 1812 to 1860. “Here, it’s a whole different world where there is peace and love,” said Dog Man, 57. “And when you walk outside there is rain, hatred and...


Mark Laluan

December 2, 2010

The moment Barack Obama decided to run for the presidency was a tacit acceptance that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would become his to fight and to win. Bob Woodward’s new book, “Obama’s Wars,” gives us a window into how the Obama White House fought those wars over the past two years. ...

BODY WORLDS Brings the Dead to Life

Ashley Matuszak

December 2, 2010

The hauntingly fascinating BODY WORLDS Exhibit, a display of authentic human bodies is currently at the San Jose Tech Museum for a limited engagement. Creator, physician and anatomist of BODY WORLDS, Gunther von Hagen, created his own process of preservation called plastination, where sustainable material (such as silicone) is penetrated into the cells, preventing decomposition...

On the Grind: A Look at Professional Poker

Brennan DeFrisco

December 2, 2010

Sean C. shuffles a few yellow, five-dollar chips with his left hand and slides $50 across the green felted table with his right. Next to his bet, in the middle of the table, lie the six of hearts, the seven of hearts, the queen of clubs, and the $65 already in the pot. A young Asian player wearing s...

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