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Kikyo
Get back to where you once belonged
MARK SCHILLING
Writers who quote Thomas Wolfe's most famous dictum -- "You can't go home again" -- nearly always contradict him. They point out the U-turn success stories: The hard-charging businessman who left the big-city rat race for contentment, fulfillment and a decent-enough living in Smalltown, USA.

One Point O
It's all in your coding
GIOVANNI FAZIO
Personally, when I find myself trapped under the heavy menace of a full-force nightmare, my one and only reaction is to wake up and not go back there. Judging from the steady growth in the new micro-genre of "bad trip" movies, however, there must be plenty of people who enjoy wallowing in a clammy feeling of fear.

Melinda and Melinda
Thin line between laughter and tears
KAORI SHOJI
Once upon a time, in the opening scenes of "Manhattan," Woody Allen sat with three other people in a Soho restaurant, lingering over dinner and discussing love and life. Woody was a fortysomething media type, dating a girl of 17 (Mariel Hemingway) and chuckling drunkenly that this was the first time in his life where he was in a position "to beat up a girlfriend's father." And now, many years later the latest Allen movie, "Melinda and Melinda," opens with three people in a restaurant discussing life and love.

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