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The Myth of The Alcoholic Writer and Praying Drunk: Monday’s Margins

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“Loneliness is a state of lack, a longing, and though that can be acutely painful it’s also interesting.”

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Top Ten Albums of 2013

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The National’s Trouble Will Find Me tops Identity Theory’s 10 best albums of 2013.

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“Weightless” by Washed Out: Song of the Month, December 2013

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You’ve waited all your life
To leave it all behind

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25 Years After: Die Hard, A Degenerative Retrospective

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John McTiernan’s Die Hard opened twenty-five years ago to a mixed reception, receiving both popular praise and critical loathing.

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“Sea of Love” by The National: Song of the Month, November 2013

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Our music editor Anna-Lynne is in love with “Sea of Love” by The National so hard that she selected it to be our song of the month for November.

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Enter The Valley of Amazement: Monday’s Margins

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New books this week from Amy Tan, Ann Patchett, Fannie Flagg and more.

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A Life in Books: Monday’s Margins

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New books this week: A Life in Books by Warren Lehrer, At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón, and Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn

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The Re-Emergence of Donna Tartt: Monday’s Margins

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Donna Tartt’s first book in ten years, The Goldfinch, comes out this week; Charles Blackstone releases a new book; and fans of The Beatles and Philip Roth get early Halloween treats.

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New Anne Rice and Christopher Rice: Monday’s Margins

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New books this week from the Rice clan and others, plus a local reading by Joseph Bates.

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10 Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes on Truth, Peace, and Compassion

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“It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way.”

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Dave Eggers, Creative Habits, and 40 Years of Erica Jong: Monday’s Margins

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New books from Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, Andre Dubus III, George Pelecanos and Jo Baker. Plus: Fear of Flying 40 years later, and habits of the most creative people.

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7 Classic Poems of Autumn

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A selection of classic fall poetry by Shakespeare, Frost, Keats, and other dead poets.

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“Brennisteinn” by Sigur Rós: Song of the Month, October 2013

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“Brennisteinn” by Sigur Rós is our song of the month for October 2013.

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What We’re Reading: October 2013

The Clumsy Living

Our staff’s reading list for October includes books by Jhumpa Lahiri, Aimee Bender, Allan Gurganus, Lisa Fugard, Naomi Wolf, Jane Smiley, Bob Hicok, and other authors.

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New Malcolm Gladwell and T.C. Boyle: Monday’s Margins

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This week’s new books include titles from Malcolm Gladwell, T. C. Boyle, Elizabeth Gilbert, Identity Theory contributor Joseph Bates, and spy-turned-novelist Valerie Plame.

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