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  • The Amazing, 'Safe Island'

    February 19, 2015 5:27 PM 30

    It's easy to use hyperbolic adjectives when describing songs like "Safe Harbor." The Amazing crafts a sound that's huge, sprawling, immense and so on, but words aren't worth much when you're confronted with a song this enveloping. Picture You, the Swedish band's third album, touches on the psych-rock guitarist Reine Fiske previously made with Dungen

  • 'Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange'

    February 18, 2015 12:03 PM 97

    "I have come in search of a gazelle with white feet or a man in a shirt." Sometimes, it's advisable to leave an introduction until after the book, when it becomes part of an experience you've already drawn from the work itself. But sometimes you're reading Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange, a collection of 10th century fantasy tales from the Arab world

  • Swiss Village + West Virginia + Mardi Gras Feast = Fasnacht

    February 17, 2015 8:54 PM 125

    On Saturday evening, I found myself in a white-out blizzard, driving up steep and curvy West Virginia backroads. Normally, I would have admitted defeat and turned back. But I kept going, propelled up the mountain by thoughts of the unique Mardi Gras foods and festivities that awaited me in an improbable-seeming Swiss village at top. Helvetia, population

  • This Might Be The Best Thing Joe Biden's Ever Said

    October 3, 2014 3:48 PM 40

    Vice President Biden has delivered some colorful lines over the years, including calling President Obama's healthcare plan a "big f****** deal," but his best Bidenism yet might have happened Thursday night. Speaking at the Harvard Institute of Politics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Biden was asked a question by the vice president of the student body, prompting

  • 7 Unmistakable Signs the 2016 Presidential Race Has Already Started

    August 6, 2014 6:13 PM 98

    The year 2016 might seem pretty far off, but as politicians head home for August recess, a slew of possible presidential hopefuls are making a mad dash for everyone's favorite vacation destination: Iowa. Normally, Iowa is only afforded the standard one governor and two senators, but for a window of time in August, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rand Paul, Rick Santorum

  • Six Top Democrats Who Aren't So Ready For Hillary

    July 22, 2014 3:55 PM 97

    Hillary Clinton has remained coy on her potential presidential candidacy in 2016, but that hasn't stopped Democrats from endorsing her. The Ready For Hillary Super PAC has been in full swing organizing Clinton supporters, and in January 60 congressmen said they would endorse her if she were to run. Some major Democrats have spoken out against endorsing

  • Bob Coker, the Relentless Tennessee Dealmaker

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 47

    The Mountain View Inn in Cleveland, Tenn., with its stucco ceilings, track lighting and plastic orchids, is a long way from the $1,500-a-night suites at the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, where U.S. and Iranian diplomats struck a provisional nuclear deal on April 2. But five days after that deal was announced, Tennessee Republican

  • In Iran, Deal or No Deal

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 98

    Joe Klein is TIME's political columnist and author of six books, most recently Politics Lost. His weekly TIME column, "In the Arena," covers national and international affairs. As March dwindled down toward an unmet deadline, I found myself growing nostalgic for the early days of the Iran nuclear negotiations. The going was tough, of course, but an interim