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A: The UNZ.org website is intended to provide convenient access to a large quantity of high-quality content material, mostly published over the last 150 years in America and England, including both articles and books, encompassing over one million readable items and titles of another million items not readable due to copyright. Much of this material has never previously been available anywhere on the Internet and should be useful for researchers and intellectual historians.

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A: The inclusion of the copyright-excluded material allows users to examine a more nearly complete collection of a given author's writings, even if many of the particular items themselves are currently unavailable due to copyright. If necessary, many of these other items can often be accessed and read on other websites or content systems, especially in the case of extent publications. Furthermore, there is a chance that at some future point these publications will be released for reading on this website as well.

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A: The current Version 2.0 release of UNZ.org incorporates major design changes from the previous version, but nearly all of the same underlying printed content is still available. Given the relatively slight use of the previous links to external videos and webzines, these portions have been removed, thereby streamlining access to the printed materials which constitute the main value of the system. Another major change has been the widespread use of Javascript, rendering most of the pages "reactive" as you begin entering information.

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A: Most of the main pages of the website contain one or more "Reactive Clouds," with the names of various authors or publications. Javascript functions cause these Clouds to "react" and change the displayed information as you begin typing in the entry boxes. For example, as you enter the first few letters of an author's name on the Home page, the Clouds adjust to display only those authors whose names begin with those letters. Similar adjustments occur as you start typing in a particular decade or year, or if you select one of the drop-down settings or other filter. This allows you to quickly focus in on the individuals you are seeking based on your particular criteria.

At any point, the relative size of the names in a given Cloud indicates the volume of underlying content material associated with that name. Meanwhile, the color indicates what fraction of the content material is readable (for copyright reasons): bright blue indicates mostly readable, dark blue indicates partly readable, and black means mostly unreadable

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A: The main Articles and Books pages, as well as the Overview tabs for individual authors or publications, display a Listing of articles (or books) towards the bottom of the page. Like the Clouds, these Listings are "reactive" and automatically adjust as you being typing in any of the information in the various data entry fields---Title, Author, Publication, or Period, displaying only those items that match your selection.

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A: When you reach the pages associated with a given publication, you can examine the contents in a number of different ways, accessed via the different tabs. The default Overview tab gives you the Cloud of authors for that publication plus the Listing of individual articles, with both of these being "reactive" as you provide information in the Title, Author, or Period fields.

There are also several other tabs. The Tree tab displays a dynamic tree allowing the individual time periods, issues, and articles to be opened for greate detail. The Year Contents tab displays the tables of contents for all the issues of a given year, the Issues, Small Covers, and Large Covers tabs display those views of the contents for a given decade, and the All Years tab provides an overview of the entire archive of the periodical. In addition, the drop down field in the control bar may be used to explore the different periods. All these pages allow for convenient browsing of the contents of a given periodical and clicking on any of the individual links accessing more detailed information.

Q: How does Searching work?

A: As mentioned above, much of the exploration of the website contents is normally performed by browsing the various different pages or entering information into the various text fields and having the displayed information automatically adjust. Actual Searches are performed in a parallel manner, by entering the target information into the data fields and then pressing the Search button (or simply hitting Enter). The system then performs a Search across the selected Text, Title, Author, and other information and displays the findings in a new Search Results tab.

Searches may be performed on any of these individual pages, or on the Power Search page, which allows for more detailed Searches across all content material.
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  • Author: John Simon

    Total Archives: 1,419 Items - 18 Books, 867 Articles, 533 Reviews, 1 Poem
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    1. Books 
      Kafka, by Pietro Citati
      1. Kafka by Pietro Citati
      The New Criterion
      , April 1990, pp. 60-65
      1. Kafka by Pietro Citati
      The New Criterion
      , December 1990, pp. 9-18
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      Mo' Better Blues (1990 Film), by Spike Lee
      1. Mo' Better Blues (1990 Film) by Spike Lee
      National Review
      , September 3, 1990, pp. 48-49
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      (2 Reviews)
      The Handmaid's Tale (1990 Film), by Volker Schlondorff
      1. The Handmaid's Tale (1990 Film) by Volker Schlondorff
      2. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1990 Film) by Peter Greenaway
      National Review
      , May 14, 1990, pp. 52-53
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      Dick Tracy (1990 Film), by Warren Beatty
      1. Dick Tracy (1990 Film) by Warren Beatty
      National Review
      , July 23, 1990, p. 48
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      (2 Reviews)
      Miller's Crossing (1990 Film), by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
      1. Miller's Crossing (1990 Film) by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
      2. Henry and June (1990 Film) by Philip Kaufman
      National Review
      , December 3, 1990, pp. 54-55
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      Wild at Heart (1990 Film), by David Lynch
      1. Wild at Heart (1990 Film) by David Lynch
      National Review
      , October 1, 1990, pp. 46-47
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      (2 Reviews)
      Camille Claudel (1989 Film), by Bruno Nuytten
      1. Camille Claudel (1989 Film) by Bruno Nuytten
      2. Story of Women (1989 Film) by Claude Chabrol
      National Review
      , April 1, 1990, pp. 55-57
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      (6 Reviews)
      Valmont (1989 Film), by Milos Forman
      1. Valmont (1989 Film) by Milos Forman
      2. We're No Angels (1955 Film) by Michael Curtiz
      3. Triumph of the Spirit (1989 Film) by Robert M. Young
      4. Blaze (1989 Film) by Ron Shelton
      5. The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989 Film) by Steven Kloves
      6. Family Business (1989 Film) by Sidney Lumet
      National Review
      , January 22, 1990, pp. 56-57
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      (2 Reviews)
      Enemies, A Love Story (1989 Film), by Paul Mazursky
      1. Enemies, A Love Story (1989 Film) by Paul Mazursky
      2. Driving Miss Daisy (1989 Film) by Bruce Beresford
      National Review
      , February 19, 1990, p. 57
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      (3 Reviews)
      The Freshman (1990 Film), by Andrew Bergman
      1. The Freshman (1990 Film) by Andrew Bergman
      2. Presumed Innocent (1990 Film) by Alan J. Pakula
      3. The Two Jakes (1990 Film) by Jack Nicholson
      National Review
      , September 17, 1990, pp. 54-58
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      (3 Reviews)
      Reversal of Fortune (1990 Film), by Barbet Schroeder
      1. Reversal of Fortune (1990 Film) by Barbet Schroeder
      2. White Palace (1990 Film) by Luis Mandoki
      3. Tune in Tomorrow... (1990 Film) by Jon Amiel
      National Review
      , December 31, 1990, pp. 46-47
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      (2 Reviews)
      Henry V (1989 Film), by Kenneth Branagh
      1. Henry V (1989 Film) by Kenneth Branagh
      2. Glory (1989 Film) by Edward Zwick
      National Review
      , March 19, 1990, p. 57
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      (3 Reviews)
      Roger and Me (1989 Film), by Michael Moore
      1. Roger and Me (1989 Film) by Michael Moore
      2. The Big Bang (1990 Film) by James Toback
      3. Longtime Companion (1989 Film) by Norman Rene
      National Review
      , June 11, 1990, pp. 54-55
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      (2 Reviews)
      Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990 Film), by Joe Dante
      1. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990 Film) by Joe Dante
      2. Pretty Woman (1990 Film) by Garry Marshall
      National Review
      , August 6, 1990, pp. 48-52
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      (4 Reviews)
      The Bear (1988 Film), by Jean-Jacques Annaud
      1. The Bear (1988 Film) by Jean-Jacques Annaud
      2. My Left Foot (1989 Film) by Jim Sheridan
      3. Born on the Fourth of July (1989 Film) by Oliver Stone
      4. The War of the Roses (1989 Film) by Danny DeVito
      National Review
      , February 5, 1990, pp. 57-59
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      (2 Reviews)
      Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989 Film), by Uli Edel
      1. Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989 Film) by Uli Edel
      2. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990 Film) by Pedro Almodovar
      National Review
      , July 9, 1990, pp. 55-57
    17. Book Reviews 
      The Mother Tongue, by Bill Bryson
      1. The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
      The American Spectator
      , December 1990, pp. 45-47 - PDF
    18. Art & Manners 
      1. The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
      National Review
      , November 5, 1990, pp. 137-138
      1. The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
      The New Criterion
      , September 1990, pp. 35-43