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10 Best Books I Didn’t Read in 2011

Seriously. I go to Malaprop’s all the time and pick this book up and read the praise and think, “Wow, this must be a fucking great book.”

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Monday’s Margins: Joyce Carol Oates; Amazon Bestsellers; Occupy!

Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs topped Amazon’s Bestselling Books of 2011.

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Identity Theory 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

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Monday’s Margins: Murakami, The New Inquiry, A Year in Reading

“Is our world less real than an unreal world? And if our sense of reality has fundamentally changed, how does that affect the stories we tell?”

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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead…Until a Second Act Prize

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Filmmakers

The food science/health documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead makes the filmmaker-subject motif – in which the man behind the camera spends as much time in front of it – appear to be the norm.

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"Serpents" by Sharon Van Etten: Song of the Month for December

Our song of the month for December is Sharon Van Etten’s “Serpents.”The tune is off her forthcoming (February 2012) album, Tramp.Listen to the track and/or download it on SoundCloud.Visit the artist at sharonvanetten.com.

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Monday’s Margins: Shop Indie Bookstores; Obama’s Holiday Reading; Vonnegut

Salon reminds you to support your indie bookstore this holiday season.

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Film Essay: The Natural Supernaturalism of the 13 Assassins

13 Assassins

At a fundamental level, 13 Assassins dramatically illustrates the deadly nature of conflicting political loyalties.

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November 2011 Reading List: Peter Matthiessen, Roberto Bolano, Lauren Oliver, Jonathan Franzen

Robert Birnbaum is reading The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano, The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco, Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville, and The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart.

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Director Alexander Payne Retrospective in Philadelphia

Sadly, it’s been a while for Alexander Payne.

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The Casual Other: Behind Minor John Hughes

Great Outdoors

John Hughes’ rise has been well documented.

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On Second Thought, Maybe I Won’t Do NaNoWriMo This Year

Some time tomorrow, which is the first day of November, the second to last month of the year twenty eleven a.d., a Tuesday like so many other Tuesdays that have come before and likely will come again barring any unforeseen incidents…

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Prey For Paralysis – Higher Brain

Brand new video debut from the new collaboration between Sadistik and Kristoff Krane. The album is now available for pre-order (with limited edition T-shirt packages as well) at both www.sadistikmusic.com and www.micheallarsen.com

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A Dark Moment For Louis Malle: Black Moon on DVD

Black Moon

A Fellini moment was due for a journeyman director like Louis Malle.

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Film Book Review: Shade Rupe’s Dark Stars Rising: Conversations from the Outer Realms

No one would argue with calling this massive, invaluable tome “exhaustive,” though there might be a few who would squawk with using the word “definitive.”

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