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Top Ten Albums of 2012

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Top albums for 2012 as selected by our music editor include releases from Sigur Ros, Beach House, Tame Impala, and more.

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Monday’s Margins: Happy Baby Movie, Hallelujah!

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Stephen Elliott is making a Happy Baby movie (with your help), Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is a religious experience, and the NY Times overlooks 25 good books.

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Two or Three Things We Know About the 2012 National Book Award Finalists

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The 2012 National Book Award winners will be announced November 14th. Here are some facts you should (or shouldn’t?) know about the finalists.

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What We’re Electing to Read in November 2012

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Books we’re reading this November include a Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons, The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam, On Christian Contemplation by Thomas Merton, Both Flesh and Not by DFW, Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, Best American Short Stories 2012, A Good Fall by Ha Jin, and many other titles.

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Monday’s Margins: New David Foster Wallace, Self-Publishing Answers and NaNoWriMo Advice

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Notable book releases for early November 2012, writing advice for NaNoWrimo and self-publishers, a memoir of the literary life by Michele Filgate, and more.

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Oktobookfest: What We’re Reading, October 2012

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The Identity Theory Staff Reading List for this month includes books on Yoko Ono and Jack Kerouac, new efforts from Martin Amis and Naomi Wolf, the latest issue of Granta, and much more.

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Monday’s Margins: Whore Stories, Surrealism, Literary Asheville

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A roundup of literary links involving Asheville, surrealism, Jess Walter, Whore Stories, Nicholson Baker, and more.

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The Identity Theory Staff’s Summer Reading List for 2012

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Our staff’s summer reading list for 2012 includes Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, The Pale King by David Foster Wallace, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, and The Great Leader by Jim Harrison.

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Film Review: Sergei Loznitsa’s My Joy

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This Ukrainian film set in Russia and directed by documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa offers no reason or explanation for why the boring, the tragic, the senseless and the funny happen in our daily lives.

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Why New York’s Literary Crowd is Suddenly in Thrall to Hungarian Fiction

Hari Kunzru sees New York’s literary hipsters flocking to a translation that offers some meat and gristle to chew over.

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Film Review: Square Grouper

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Square Grouper is pretty even-handed in its telling of the exploits of a Florida religious group who funded their faith by moving piles and piles of its main sacrament.

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Film Book Review: Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of “Heart of Glass” by Alan Greenberg

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Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of “Heart of Glass” gives a portrait of an artist even more enigmatic and frantically creative than his films make him seem.

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The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers

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The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers makes a mostly successful case for the brothers’ classic films as a treasure trove of teachable moments about the human condition.

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Monday’s Margins: Blue Sky Thinking, Literary Lies and Confessions

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Have you ever claimed to read a book that you never actually finished? Plus news on Jonah Lehrer, Josh Ritter, and the Million Writers Award.

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Fassbinder “Wired” into Speculative Fiction

Beneath all science fiction lies a dilemma, one solved by the best storytellers: whether the speculative devices are more interesting than the characters created to experience them.

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