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Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Veteran music critic Dave Thompson’s angry little book is a sometimes mystifying, often hilarious journey through “rock’n’roll…not rock AND roll…or rock & roll” from the late ’60s to the mid-’70s.

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Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

For many ’90s music fans, Blind Melon represented much more than just “No Rain” and the Bee Girl that propelled the band to fame.

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Nov 01, 2008 TV Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

A definite improvement over its first season, Torchwood season two features more ambitious and emotionally involving stories. The Doctor Who spin off centers around a secret team of government agents who investigate the strange encounters that happen in Cardiff, Wales, which has a rift in space and time running through it.

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Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

From its shoestring beginnings as an online zine riddled by runaway word counts and ostentatious, themed reviews, Pitchfork Media has emerged as arguably the preeminent music criticism source of its time while fashioning itself into a multimedia powerhouse, with an empire that includes a major music festival, an online TV station, and now a book, The Pitchfork 500, a hefty slab of text in the same vein of Rolling Stone’s many bathroom readers.

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Reaper: Season One

Lionsgate

Nov 01, 2008 TV Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

The CW wisely took a chance on this darkly comedic series about a young man cursed to do the devil’s bidding due to his parents selling his soul.

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Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Sleevefacing is where a person covers a part of his or her body with a record album cover, creating a larger picture beyond what the album art portrays.

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Lie to Me

Fox

Nov 01, 2008 TV Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Fox’s success with Bones has propelled them to another turning of a real-life scientist into a television scientist with Lie to Me. Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk) stars in this drama about reading clues in facial, body, and vocal expressions to determine what is beneath the surface.

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Chuck Klosterman

Downtown Owl

Published by Scribner

Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

After four books of nonfiction (including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs), Chuck Klosterman’s fiction debut can’t match the wit and cultural insight of his previous efforts.

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Nov 01, 2008 TV Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Dictators are often depicted in far-reaching reductions that border on caricature. HBO and BBC’s ambitious four-part dramatization of Saddam Hussein’s life skirts artificial characterizations.

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