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Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance Review

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (Credit: Penguin Press)Shakespeare wrote that "Jesters do oft prove as prophets." Humor has a way of harmlessly broaching a subject, yet piercingly asserting a point in an indirect fashion. Peter Berger would agree, observing that sometimes we must laugh in order to perceive. In comedian Aziz Ansari's newest work, Modern Romance, he discusses the contours of the current dating scene, provides thought-provoking original research, and makes a few jokes about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Ansari believes that the most intimate relationship we have today is with our cell phones. This cell phone is the vehicle that will get us to our desired location: love. Differentiating us from history, he writes that: "We each sit alone, staring at this black screen with a whole range of emotions. But in a strange way, we are all doing it together, and we should take solace in the fact that no one has a clue what's going on."

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Ant-man: a movie review

Paul Rudd as protagonist Scott Lang, a small-time thief, wearing his Ant-Man suit, bestowed upon him by Hank Pym, played by Michale Douglas, in a scene from the new Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios movie Ant-Man (Credit: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Ant-Man is the latest installment in Marvel's cinematic world of superheroes defined best by the Avengers. While Ant-Man is not as well-known as figures like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, if history is an indicator this probably isn't the last time he'll make an appearance on the big screen. One reason is that Marvel films continue to generate a lot of revenue with Ant-Man becoming the twelfth consecutive offering by the company to open at first place in the box office.

However, Ant-Man is an entertaining story in its own right that has moved beyond a decent bit of initial skepticism to earn its way into the Marvel pantheon of heroes. Alex Abad-Santos speaks for many critics when he said in his review for Vox that "I owe Marvel an apology…I was convinced that Ant-Man was the result of Marvel freebasing hubris…And then the company proved me wrong, delivering a movie with the same brilliant magic as many of its best films that reminded me of what makes Marvel so great."

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A review of 'Being Nixon': the internal battles

Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas (Credit: Random House Publishing)The guarded man who was forced to resign due to his tenacious pursuit of secret information finds himself the subject of another biography. Though it does not produce any new information, it does provide a captivating story. Generous in his portrayal and humanizing in his narrative, Evan Thomas does not edify the cartoonish Nixon persona that has been popularized; rather he seeks to illuminate the conflicting natures of the man, myth, and 37th President of the United States. In his Being Nixon, Thomas echoes some of the popular notions of the infamous Nixon and attempts to project the Dr. Jekyll/ Mr. Hyde persona upon him.

Like most other humans, Nixon was a complex person, however unlike most other people, he was under the presidential spotlight. This complexity was seamlessly narrated by Thomas's accounting of a variety of Nixon anecdotes, both good and bad. Nixon was "locked in a titanic battle between hope and fear," between his "light side" and "dark side" and "struggled, bravely if not always wisely, against the dark." And this battle took place in the very public square. Nixon was always "in a heroic if ill-fated struggle to be a robust, decent, good-hearted person."

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