John Dawson

John is a correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and previously wrote for The Birmingham News. John resides in Dallas, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @talkdawson.

No joy

Video | Try to romanticize a post-hippie reunion
by John Dawson
Posted 6/02/07, 12:00 am

Few besides film critics have seen Old Joy, Kelly Reichardt's experimental art-house film about two old hippie friends that is now available on DVD. But the film-which is unrated but would probably earn an R rating for language and drug use-garnered glowing reviews from secular critics. (New York Times critic Mahohla Dargis called Old Joy "one of the finest American films of the year.")

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Sparks fly

| She survived 20 weeks and 74 million votes to win the biggest U.S.
by John Dawson
Posted 6/02/07, 12:00 am

She sang with Gladys Knight. He collaborated with Smokey Robinson. And both did so on a live television broadcast watched by millions. So considering the success of American Idol contestants who haven't won, it's hard to call either of this year's finalists, Jordin Sparks or Blake Lewis, losers.

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Chasing Dale

Sports | Speculation runs rampant about the plans of racing legend's son
by John Dawson
Posted 5/26/07, 12:00 am

At times it may be hard to distinguish Jr. Earnhardt from J.R. Ewing, considering the amount of drama that enveloped NASCAR when Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he was leaving his famous father's racing company, DEI.

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