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Cultural Indigestion: ‘Literally’ and Miley Cyrus

When dictionaries fail us, and Jody Rosen on the MTV Video Music Awards

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Visionaries

What makes a Jewish film? To open our 100 Greatest Jewish Films week, critics A.O. Scott and Jody Rosen talk about movies from Abie’s Irish Rose to Zelig.

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Queen of Pop

As the curtain rises on the musical Baby It’s You!, music critic Jody Rosen discusses its subject, Florence Greenberg, the New Jersey housewife behind the Shirelles and Dionne Warwick

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Sundown: Syria Faces Upheaval

Plus Mrs. God, and more

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Beck, the Schlemiel

An Alvy Singer for a new generation?

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Dylan’s Christmas Album Out

It’s good old Americana, says Jody Rosen

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Guy From the North Country

Bob Dylan makes a Christmas album

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Minstrel Show

Parodies that make us cringe today used to make people roar. A music critic discovers Abie Cohen, the Jewish version of Aunt Jemima.