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Review: A Wu-Tang Clan Documentary Captures the Group’s Wild Self-Invention

There was no precedent for the Wu-Tang Clan insurgency in the early and mid-1990s, and, if we’re being honest, there’s been nothing quite like it since. Its success was a challenge to hip-hop’s …
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‘Frederick Douglass’ Is An Extended Meditation On The Legend’s Self-Invention

Frederick Douglass continues to be an irresistible subject for biographers because all of the nation’s difficult, miraculous, unresolved creation myths seem to collapse into the single story of his li…
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Style icon André Leon Talley on navigating the fashion world: “My armor is my self-invention”

Style and fashion are much more than just how a person chooses to dress or the other ways they adorn themselves. They expressions of the self that tell us a great deal about society and how various gr…
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‘Becoming Cary Grant’ Reveals The Self-Invention Of A Hollywood Icon

There’s a classic moment in the romantic thriller Charade, when Audrey Hepburn says to Cary Grant in exasperation, “Do you know what’s the matter with you? … Nothing.” For decades, the whole world felt the same. Grant’s unrivaled blend of charm, good …
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