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ARTS RECOMMENDS
In this feature, Daily Arts writers will give their endorsements
for the arts you need to experience to help you deal with current events.
~2666"

The last work Roberto Bolano was able to com-
plete before his untimely death in 2003, "2666" is
impossible to sum up in a paragraph. Essentially,
five unsettling books revolve around a mysterious
master writer named Benno von Archimboldi and
simultaneously, the common, brutal and senseless
murders of women in the Mexican city of Ciudad
Juarez. Hailed as a literary masterpiece, "2666" is
EDITORIAL ANAGRAMA the closest we'll get to a poet writing a typical novel.
Erotica -Madonna
Though it didn't tear up the charts like some
of her earliest records did, Erotica remains the
crowning jewel of pop royalty Madonna's musical
career. Sexy, liberating and layered with a synco-
pated texture that makes it one of her most musi-
cally rich albums, Erotica reflects some of Her
Madgesty's most personal work. In a time when
her latestreleases haven't quite hit the mark, revis-
iting one of the greats reminds us of her once all-
WARNER BROS powerful reign of the genre.
"Michael Clayton"
With the word "truth" being thrown around so
much these days, the common sentiment seems
to be the same as the tagline for Michael Clay-
ton: "The Truth Can Be Adjusted." With that in
mind, delve into the life of Mr. Clayton (played by
George Clooney) - a lawyer (sort of) who must
clean up afterihis firm's best man puzzlingly goes
off the deep end. Add a corporation driven above
WARNER BROS all by profits, and everything falls into place.
"Life As We Know It"
No, it has absolutely nothingto do with the Kath-
erine Heigl movie, and yes, despite its one-season
run, it's still one of the best teen dramas in the ever-
growing graveyard of short-lived network series.
"Life As We Know It" is the subversive and hilari-
ous coming-of-age tale of three high school boys in
Seattle. The ABC series is a breath of fresh air, more
candid and piercing than most of the fluff that occu-
ABC pies teen TV these days.

JUDGING
A BOOK
BY ITS.
COVER
Daily Arts writers go
against the famous
idiom, choose a
random book and
make assumptions
about its contents
based on the cover art.
"I had a world of my own.,I
would take my mother's red can-
dles and the box of matches and
go up into the attic while they
all went on their daily hunts. I'd
play with the fire for hours and
no one would ask about me. I
remember when I almost caught
the whole house on fire..."
A New York Times bestseller,
"Interview with the Vampire" is
an eye-opening thriller for the
ordinary reader as it attempts
to supply them with an evolved
perspective into the vampire
world.
-TEHREEM SAJJAD

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ALICE JAMES

In her novel, "Interview with
the Vampire," author Anne Rice
offers her readers an insight-
ful interview with a Romanian
vampire who struggled through
his childhood in the now-famous
Transylvanian region.
As Joseph, the vampire in
question, describes it, "Growing
up, I wouldn't see my parents for
days on end. Norman and Emma.
were both older than me, and
had mastered the skills needed to
be ordinary vampires.. And then
there was me, alone and forlorn
in a world where I didn't belong."
As Rice delves further into

Joseph's past, the vampire sup-
plies readers with memoirs rich
in emotion and realism that
force readers to reconsider the
blood-thirsty -stereotype given
to vampires.
Rice's reactions to these
memoirs complements the
authenticity of Joseph's past.
Her questions about the vam-
pire's childhood and his life as
a creature of the underworld,
trapped between the world
he's born in and the world he is
forced to live in, gives the life of
vampires a legitimacy that past
fictional works have lacked.

When you watch the first
trailer for "The Lone Ranger,"
you can't help but think to your-
self how eas-
ily this film
was probably
green-lit byits The Lone
studio. After
all, it has all Ranger
the elements Disney
of a carefully
constructed
Hollywood blockbuster. Pro-
ducer Jerry Bruckheimer and
Johnny Depp are reunited, and
the film features Hollywood's
newest breakout star, Armie.
Hammer, as the Lone Ranger.
They were even able to find a
film that has only been done. his head.
four times already! the defin
And yet, the trailer leaves you action he
with a distinct feeling of"meh," a truly <
or possibly, "That's one to save or motiv
for Netflix ... maybe." of Bruck)
Depp, playingsidekick Tonto, the top-I
looks pretty much like Jack and expko
Sparrow with a dead crow on ing trains

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