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  1. EW’s Ausiello confirmed with David Shore and Katie Jacobs that indeed House and Cuddy will get it on later this season. Seriously? How much of Hugh Laurie do I get to view?
  2. Question put to Idol fans- should anyone who has had a major label deal at one point be banned from competeing? Then at least the controversy will stop, right? I think the key is major label- indie artists have a much tougher go at it, but after Carly Smithson last year and that Joanna girl this year, the naysayers are sapping all joy out of the show. BTW- I didn’t think Joanna was all that and a popsicle.
  3. The Dark Knight will reappear at IMAX screen across the universe. I’m gonna go see it again. You?
  4. That Nimoy napkin on the Saturnalia episode of TBBT? Well, they got one actually signed by Spock himself and now they’ve put it on the auction block. Proceeds go to The Beit T’Shuvah “Steps to Recovery” Gala , Nimoy’s charity of choice. Suh-WEET!
  5. Apparently, Elisabeth Moss ( Peggy Olsen on Mad Men and one time Zoe Bartlett in an alternate universe where Josiah Bartlett once ruled Ameirca) is engaged to SNL funny man Fred Armisen. Rumor is it was a whirlwind romance, but I wish them both luck, as she’s amazing and he makes me laugh consistently.
  6. Some people are worried about the increasing Googlization of the arts- as Google wins the right to upload books to the net. Books. You know, those things with pages and covers that sit on shelves but no oneever opens anymore while waiting for th inevitable disappointment of a movie with companion video game?
  7. Anderson Cooper- drunk. ( I’ll post the link ths evening).
  8. Oh, and that Oscar show thing got rolling this week.
  9. The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards are on this weekend.
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Five fiction, five non-fiction, ten great. These are not in order, because I simply cannot choose.

Beautiful Children ( Charles Bock)- an astonishing debut novel, set in Las Vegas, about a missing child, the seedy underbelly of America’s city of sin is a character in it’s own right. Stunning, searing prose makes a slightly leaden premise shine, and the mixed up teens that populate the novel are colorful and believable.

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination ( Elizabeth McCracken)- the loss of a baby prenatally at any stage is painful, but to lose on in stillbirth has got to be beyond anguishing. McCracken’s personal tale is alternately heartbreaking and touchingly funny, as she tries to put together her life after the loss of her baby. Devastating.

The Lazarus Project ( Aleksander Hemon)- the fears of immigrants and anarchists in early 20th century America meet with the search of self, as the steeped in the Balkans culture author creates a world in which everyone is suspicious and everything is crucial to being at peace with oneself.

Lush Life ( Richard Price)- Price is one of my Favorite authors, as he is a master of dialogue, and i appreciate dialogue above all else. This novel, set in post- 9/11 Lower East Side New York City, is astonishingly detailed and richly written. He does lose some of the plot as he feeds his bigger themes, but damn it, when has being a big idea guy been a bad thing?

My Revolutions ( Hari Kunzru)- a former 60s radical lives a quiet suburban life with his wife before memory and blackmail turns his world upside down. A marvelously written tale about idealism gone awry, and the life long consequences of action.

Netherland ( Joseph O’Neill)- Another New York City in a post 9/11 world novel, certainly, but this novel about class, displacement, transplants, and rootless lives makes for a great companion to Price’s novel.  But it’s more than that. It may be one of the great love stories of the decade.

Outliers: : The Story Of Success ( Malcolm Gladwell)-  I admit to finishing this book approximately fourteen hours ago. The famed writer of people and social structure has created a book that makes you go ” Huh. ” As he observes the habits of highly successful people, Gladwell reminds us that the obvious sometimes is the only thing that leads us to fulfill our dreams.

Pictures At A Revolution: Five Movies And the Birth of New Hollywood ( Mark Harris): 1939 may have been the pinnacle, but the year everything changed forever remains up to debate. The 70s has been used extensively, as has 1969, but Harris’ ruminations on 1967 may be the most compelling argument of them all, that the best picture nominees of 1967 ( The Graduate, In the Heat Of The Night, Bonnie And Clyde, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, and Dr. Doolittle) are the snapshot of the upcoming cinematic revolt.

The Post-American World ( Fareed Zakaria)- the famed pundit gives his views on a world in which the U.S. role will shrink, but as opposed to being a pessimist, he seems encouraged by the decentralization of power- as long as it goes right.

The Ten Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare And How It Changed America ( David Hajdu)- a painstaking history of how pop culture is apparently to blame for society’s ills ( some things never change…), this book is possibly my favorite of the year. The history of William
Gaines, who was the center of the controversy, leads us to the ultimate prize. After losing his comic book empire, he went counter culture and gave us MAD. Brilliantly told.

Would be on the list if not written by a friend: The Real McCain ( Cliff Schecter).

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