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5:38 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Publishing Pioneer Barney Rosset Dies At 89

Barney Rosset paid $3,000 for Grove Press in 1951. Then he used the company to help tear down American obscenity laws of the 1950s and '60s.
Rosset Archives AP

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 1:00 pm

A literary legend has died — not an author, but the publisher behind some of the greatest and most controversial writers of the 20th century.

Barney Rosset gave American readers their first taste of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, as well as uncensored classics by Henry Miller and D.H. Lawrence. To do that, Rosset fought literally hundreds of court cases and was largely responsible for breaking down U.S. obscenity laws in the 1950s and '60s.

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The Two-Way
5:37 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Commuter Train Crash Kills Dozens In Argentina, Passengers Still Trapped

Firemen rescue wounded passengers from a commuter train after it crashed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012.
Anibal Greco AP

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 12:44 pm

A commuter train carrying people into downtown Buenos Aires collided with a retaining wall during morning rush hour, killing at least 49 people riding in carriages and waiting on the platform.

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It's All Politics
5:37 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Satan, Via Santorum, Makes Another 'Appearance' In A GOP Primary

Rick Santorum, with ash on his forehead, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 2:49 pm

As Rick Santorum undergoes scrutiny for a 2008 speech in which he said the U.S. was under attack by Satan, the Father of Lies, it's worth recalling that Lucifer also popped up in the GOP primary four years ago.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, created a stir when it emerged that he had asked a journalist who he said seemed knowledgeable about Mormonism whether it was true that Mormon theology held that Jesus and Satan were brothers.

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Movie Interviews
5:37 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

A Pirate's Perspective In 'Fishing Without Nets'

A still from Fishing Without Nets. Writer-director Cutter Hodierene cast Somali refugees and militia fighters in his short film about a fisherman who is drawn by need into piracy.
Sundance Film Festival

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 1:30 pm

A battered wooden skiff motors along the horn of East Africa. Onboard are a half-dozen men clutching AK-47s and debating whether they'll need to shoot. They are Somali pirates.

Or rather, they're actors playing Somali pirates in a short feature film titled Fishing Without Nets. It tells the story of piracy off the coast of Somalia — from the perspective of the pirates — and it won the jury prize for short filmmaking at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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Book Reviews
5:36 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

What Happened In 'Watergate': An Alternate Take

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Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 3:52 pm

Nearly 40 years after the Watergate scandal, Watergate, Thomas Mallon's latest historical novel, captures both the metastasizing dishonesty and the ludicrousness of this great American tragedy of political ambition run amok.

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