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 Jan 7 - 13, 2010 

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Double Zero Fiction

By Erin Adair-Hodges

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

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

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”

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A Decade’s Detritus: Words

Publishers Weekly Best Selling-Books, Fiction, Hardcover

2009: The Lost Symbol Dan Brown

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A Decade’s Detritus: Debt

U.S. National Debt

2009: 11,634,723,000,000

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A Decade’s Detritus: Sports

Super Bowl Champions

2009: Pittsburgh Steelers

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A Decade’s Detritus: Technology

Top Innovations

2009: NASA Ares 1 rocket, netbook, AIDS vaccine

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A Decade’s Detritus: Music

Nielsen SoundScan Best-Selling Albums

2009: Fearless Taylor Swift

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Hannah Montana

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A Decade’s Detritus: Social Trends

Hot Halloween Costumes

2009: Michael Jackson

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A Decade’s Detritus: People

People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

2009: Johnny Depp

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A Decade’s Detritus: Sex

AVN Awards Best-Renting Porn Title of the Year

2009: Cheerleaders

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A Decade’s Detritus: The Internets

Top Google Search Engine Terms

2009: Michael Jackson

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A Decade’s Detritus: War

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

2009: 150

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A Decade’s Detritus: Food

Slashfood.com Top Ingredients Trends

2009: bitters

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