Jerry Garcia

On the Books: Could 'Beowulf' be the next 'Game of Thrones'?

Could the Old English epic poem “Beowulf” become the next Game of Thrones? The British network ITV, which also airs Downton Abbey, has announced plans to adapt the story for a 13-part miniseries that will feature “epic fights, thrilling chases, raids, celebrations and battles.” The series will join the adaptations of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the network is currently developing. Hopefully this Beowulf revival goes better than the last one.

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An appreciation of 'Shakedown Street,' the Grateful Dead's least-loved album

Shakedown Street

I can’t rightly call myself a Deadhead. I may even be a Grateful Dead philistine (I can’t name a favorite bootleg). But I am a Grateful Dead fan, from the time I was in middle school, when I was blanketed with their music in my older brother’s car, up through when I saw the Dead—as the post-Jerry Garcia touring unit is officially known—perform in 2009.

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