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Read This: What can Burn After Reading teach us about the Petraeus scandal?

When Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading was released in 2008, it looked like one of the filmmaking team’s more fanciful, lighter efforts, especially following the previous year’s  No Country For Old Men. These days, it’s looking downright prophetic, frequent A.V. Club contributor Sam Adams notes in a piece on Slate’s Brow Beat, noting it depicts a world where, “If everyone is investigating everyone else, no one is safe—and more importantly, there’s no way to distinguish genuine threats from mere missteps.” It’s a good read about a case of life not so much imitating art as being a couple of years ahead of it.


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