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PopMatters Picks: The Best Books of 2011

Books have a long shelf-life. A loved book may outlast its original owner by a generation – or more -- if well cared for. With that in mind, we recall our best loved books of 2011 here, well into 2012. Better late than never...

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30 Jan 2012 // 10:00 PM

PopMatters looks at those Slipped Discs, the ones that our writers dearly loved and thought were important, but simply didn’t draw enough votes to make the top 75. With that much great music to digest, we’re splitting these picks up over the next three days. So dive in and discover something new or revisit some of last year’s favorites.

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Just like Sisyphus, forever pushing his immense boulder up a hill filled with possibilities, it's time for PopMatters to take on the task of coming up with the year's very best. While arduous, the results speak for themselves.

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PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2011

Up in clouds and flowing through streams, the music of 2011, in its variety and sheer volume, was hard to get a handle on. Social networking and consumer technology are taking our experience of music for a ride to who knows where, but the possibilities explored this year proved that it’s worth going with the flow even if we’re not sure where we’re headed and when we’ll get there.

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All Things Reconsidered: Six Feet Under

Over the next several weeks, PopMatters will be presenting a series of essays exploring Six Feet Under from the show’s gestation and evolution in regards to HBO’s rise as a haven of quality original programming, all the way to its transcendent final six minutes, which set the bar for perfection of a series finale.

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Nevermind Nostalgia: The Music of 1991… 20 Years Later

Over the next several weeks, PopMatters explores the artistic diversity of 1991, as we revisit some of the year's most memorable albums, address the trends of the day, and mine the cutout bin of history.

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5 Sep 2011 // 10:00 PM

The 100 Essential Directors

The aim with this series is to celebrate directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form. This isn't necessarily a Hollywood-friendly list, and that is very much on purpose.

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With a Bang: PopMatters Fall 2011 Preview

Time to figure out the final few weeks of the movie season circa 2011. Will it be a bust, or go out with a bang?

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15 Jun 2011 // 10:00 PM

The Best Summer Entertainment

PopMatters writers present their favorite summer entertainment -- be it music, film, books, events, games, TV, comics -- from any period in pop culture history. These are highly personal picks and we'll begin adding to them on an annual basis. Today we present books and comics selections. Look for music on Tuesday, film/TV/DVD on Wednesday and games and events on Thursday of this week.

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Gods, Mutants, and Robots, Oh My!: The 2011 PopMatters Summer Movie Preview

The familiarity of the films coming out between May and August scream of a sure fire mentality that moderates art for the sake of a stack of cash. Sure, there is fun to be had and a few surprises along the way.

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14 Apr 2011 // 11:00 PM

Spotlight: Joss Whedon

In the past two decades Joss Whedon has emerged as one of the most influential figures in all of pop culture, most famously by altering many of the standard conventions of television, but also through his screenwriting for films and his extensive comic book work.

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1 Feb 2011 // 10:00 PM

Missed Movies of 2010

Every year, we put the call out to our staff to pick the year's best and every year, out staff comes up with more selections than we can initially handle. Call them misjudged (or misguided), but from A to Z, these are the movies we missed for 2010.

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28 Jan 2011 // 1:00 PM

The Best Books of 2010

A title deemed "best book" must capture the reader on not just an intellectual level, but on an emotional one, too. It is in this way that a book read in January is remembered the following year, when one considers those which most resonate, still. Here are PopMatters best remembered, best loved books of 2010.

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20 Jan 2011 // 10:00 PM

Slipped Discs 2010

PopMatters looks at those Slipped Discs, the ones that our writers dearly loved and thought were important, but simply didn’t draw enough votes to make the top 70. With that much great music to digest, we’re splitting these picks up over the next three days. So dive in and discover something new or revisit some of last year’s favorites.

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PopMatters Picks: The Best TV, Film, and DVD of 2010

The lack of clear consensus and the more personal nature of the picks makes PopMatters Picks for 2010's media best both scattered... and decidedly personal.

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PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2010

Get ready for two weeks of musical greatness. This Monday it was the best singles, next Monday brings the best albums, and in between leading up to the holidays will be more than 15 lists of genre bests. You should have more fun than usual finding out who goes where on what list, since 2010 was all about curveballs and crossovers.

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28 Nov 2010 // 10:00 PM

Performer Spotlight: Ellen Burstyn

Few actors, male or female, have achieved such success and career longevity. Ellen Burstyn possesses a powerful caché of performances which too-often flies under the radar of contemporary cinema-goers.

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We All Shine On: A Tribute to John Lennon

PopMatters presents our eight-day tribute to the revolutionary, the pop smart avant-garde idealist who let his art and his actions do all of the talking (even when he had lots to say personally).

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All Things Reconsidered: Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’

To celebrate the album's 10th anniversary for the next two weeks, PopMatters has collected writings from all across the spectrum, covering the album from every angle and concluding with an exclusive excerpt from Marvin Lin's forthcoming 33 1/3 book about the iconic disc.

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21 Oct 2010 // 10:00 PM

Director Spotlight: Akira Kurosawa

PopMatters is proud to present this Director’s Spotlight on one of the most complicated, enduring and influential voices in world cinema. Over the next two weeks, we’ll bring you short essays on each film in Kurosawa’s prolific body of work, as well as in-depth essays on the style and substance of his legacy as a whole.

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