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New Orleanian of the Year 2009: Jim Lettennew

The mere mention of Jim Letten's name sends shivers down the spines of crooked pols and evokes cheers from citizens, but he gives all the credit to his staff, fellow prosecutors, the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies.
Gambit  |  The Gambit Staff  |  01-06-2010  |  Commentary

10 Sexy Books Published in 2009new

And as I peruse the many books deemed by many opinions to be the best of the year or, grander yet, best of the decade, I find myself compiling a modest, literary list of my own: 10 Sexy Books Published in 2009.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Juliette Tang  |  01-06-2010  |  Nonfiction

Willamette Week's Top 5 TV Shows of 2009new

Yes, I know, it’s already 2010. I’m sure by now 2009 is now a distant memory. We’d rather forget the year that cultivated both the recession and MTV’s The City. While it’s a bit tough to summarize the best TV in a given year, as most shows run across years, these five stand above the rest.
Willamette Week  |  Ali Rothschild  |  01-06-2010  |  TV

From Industry Turmoil, Great Films Arosenew

And so another year comes to an end, and with it a decade (Gregorian contrarians notwithstanding) in which the answer to the question “What is cinema?” underwent more radical transmutations than in any comparable period since the dawn of moving images.
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott Foundas  |  01-04-2010  |  Movies

Favorite Books of 2009 (Yes, We Still Read Books)new

"What? Reading?" In a year when we were all too busy tweeting on our iPhones to cook a meal, even the ever-present Kindle-coma is preferable to no reading at all. So, if you're willing to stop playing Farmville for a minute, here are a few books worth skimming at the local bookshop.
Dig Boston  |  Rachael Katz  |  12-30-2009  |  Books

What Will We Remember as the Biggest Dallas Fort-Worth Music Stories of the Year?new

Chris Flemmons has been running a South by Southwest showcase for Denton artists called North by 35, the college town's best punk bands step out into the limelight, and a fresh-faced rapper named Dorrough all highlight DFW's 2009 Music Scene.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  12-21-2009  |  Commentary

The Town of Shoreham, Vt., Takes It (Almost) All Off for a Good Causenew

The Shoreham Uncovered calendar brings a little zing to 2009 with 12 full-color photographs featuring townspeople in familiar locales -- and little else. What sets this calendar apart from its predecessors is the diversity of the participants: men and women, old folks and young, natives and newcomers are all in the buff together.
Seven Days  |  Pamela Polston  |  12-03-2008  |  Culture

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