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 V.19 No.1 | January 7 - 13, 2010 

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Double Zero Fiction

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is awarded each year to an American author whose book in some way captures the spirit of American life. Early in 2009, I wondered what sort of snapshot of the U.S. one could develop by reading each of this past decade's winners. So I did. And what did America look like in the Aughts?

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Picture-Writing

For adults fond of pictures and art accompanying their reading, there is the graphic novelwhat Daniel Clowes calls a "marketing moniker" in his depressingly hilarious 2005 book Ice Haven. "Are comics a valid form of expression?," he asks. "The jury's still out, I'm afraid. There exists for some an uncomfortable impurity in the combination of two forms of picture-writing (i.e. letter shapes that form 'words') while to others it's not that big a deal." The past decade saw abundant excellence in adult comic books. Below are a selection of 10 critics' favorites, volumes which also come with the Alibi seal of approval. In alphabetical order:

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A Decade’s Detritus

What America watched, heard, said, read, ate and died from in the first 10 years of the 2000s

Take a bow, 2000 to 2009 A.D. You’ve given this millennium one hell of a first act to follow. Here in the U.S., the decade brought terrorism, biblical floods and two warsthe sort of hardships we always assumed (or pretended) we were exempt from. We no longer have the luxury of that thinking. Yet the decade also ushered some of our wildest dreams into realitymedical and technological breakthroughs that are redefining life as we know it, and a president whose election changed the very face of politics.

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A Decade’s Detritus: TV and Film

Nielsen Top-Rated TV Shows

2004 to 2009: “American Idol”
2002 and 2003: “CSI”
2001: “Friends”
2000: “Survivor”

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A Decade’s Detritus: Words

Publishers Weekly Best Selling-Books, Fiction, Hardcover

2009: The Lost Symbol Dan Brown
2008: The Appeal John Grisham
2007: A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
2006: For One More Day Mitch Albom
2005: The Broker John Grisham
2004: The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
2003: The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
2002: The Summons John Grisham
2001: Desecration Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
2000: The Brethren John Grisham

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A Decade’s Detritus: Debt

U.S. National Debt

2009: 11,634,723,000,000
2008: 10,024,724,896,912
2007: 9,007,653,372,262
2006: 8,506,973,899,215
2005: 7,932,709,661,723
2004: 7,379,052,696,330
2003: 6,783,231,062,743
2002: 6,228,235,965,597
2001: 5,807,463,412,200
2000: 5,674,178,209,886

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A Decade’s Detritus: Sports

Super Bowl Champions

2009: Pittsburgh Steelers
2008: New York Giants
2007: Indianapolis Colts
2006: Pittsburgh Steelers
2004 and 2005: New England Patriots
2003: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2002: New England Patriots
2001: Baltimore Ravens
2000: St. Louis Rams

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A Decade’s Detritus: Technology

Top Innovations

2009: NASA Ares 1 rocket, netbook, AIDS vaccine
2008: Large Hadron Collider, retail DNA test
2007: iPhone
2006: Nintendo Wii, Sony eBook Reader, Facebook
2005: YouTube
2004: SpaceShipOne, Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, blogging
2003: Toyota Prius, camera phone, MySpace
2002: Segway, Bluetooth wireless headset, Roomba
2001: iPod, XM satellite radio
2000: ASIMO humanoid robot, PET scan

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A Decade’s Detritus: Music

Nielsen SoundScan Best-Selling Albums

2009: Fearless Taylor Swift
2008: Tha Carter III Lil Wayne
2007: Noel Josh Groban
2006: High School Musical Soundtrack various artists
2005: The Emancipation of Mimi Mariah Carey
2004: Confessions Usher
2003: Get Rich or Die Tryin’ 50 Cent
2002: The Eminem Show Eminem
2001: Hybrid Theory Linkin Park
2000: No Strings Attached 'N Sync

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A Decade’s Detritus: Social Trends

Hot Halloween Costumes

2009: Michael Jackson
2008: The Joker
2007: Hannah Montana
2006: Captain Jack Sparrow
2005: Darth Vader
2004: Spider-Man
2003: The Hulk
2002: Ozzy Osbourne
2001: Harry Potter
2000: Pokémon

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A Decade’s Detritus: People

People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

2009: Johnny Depp
2008: Hugh Jackman
2007: Matt Damon
2006: George Clooney
2005: Matthew McConaughey
2004: Jude Law
2003: Johnny Depp
2002: Ben Affleck
2001: Pierce Brosnan
2000: Brad Pitt

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A Decade’s Detritus: Sex

AVN Awards Best-Renting Porn Title of the Year

2009: Cheerleaders
2008: Debbie Does Dallas ... Again
2007: Pirates
2006: The Masseuse
2005: 1 Night in Paris
2004: The Fashionistas
2003: Brianna Loves Jenna
2002: Island Fever
2001: Dream Quest
2000: The Devil in Miss Jones 6

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A Decade’s Detritus: The Internets

Top Google Search Engine Terms

2009: Michael Jackson
2008: Sarah Palin
2007: iPhone
2006: Bebo
2005: MySpace
2003 and 2004: Britney Spears
2002: Spider-Man
2001: Nostradamus
(2000: no data)

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A Decade’s Detritus: War

“Operation Iraqi Freedom” U.S. Military Fatalities in Iraq

2009: 150
2008: 314
2007: 904
2006: 822
2005: 846
2004: 849
2003: 486
(total: 4,371)

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A Decade’s Detritus: Food

Slashfood.com Top Ingredients Trends

2009: bitters
2008: Sriracha
2007: bacon
2006: pomegranates
2005: local food
2004: low-carb everything
2003: green tea
2002: butter
2001: black truffle oil
(2000: no data)

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