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The Man, the Myth, the Wonder

There’s no getting around it: Stevie Wonder is a goofball. “My name is DJ Tick-Tick Boom,” the 65-year-old living legend explained to his audience, a stadium full of fans, old and new, from children to the elderly. “What’s my name?” The man had no intention of moving on until we acknowledged his stage name. Wonder’s November 17 performance at John Paul Jones Arena, clocking in at a marathon four hours, was a masterclass in career stamina. I marveled at the ease with which…

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Mars Madness

“It’s a strange feeling. Everywhere I go, I’m the first. Step outside the rover? First guy ever to be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill! Kick a rock? That rock hadn’t moved in a million years!” —Mark Watney (Matt Damon), The Martian In terms of space dramas, The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and adapted from Andy Weir’s 2011 novel of the same name (the original source of the quote above), is perhaps most comparable to Apollo 13,…

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