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Virgins Who Can't Drive

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Does Hollywood have a car fetish? (No, we don't mean you, David Cronenberg.) Traffic author Tom Vanderbilt writes on Slate today that "Once we all buy into the idea that the car is freedom, not having a car reads as a form of clingy, needy dependency," and he ticks off a long list of filmic losers and weirdos who ride bikes, take the bus, or walk--from Jake Gittes and Alvy Singer to Pee-Wee Herman and the otherwise fabulous Cher Horowitz. [Slate]