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PARKS AND RECREATION on NBC
Amy Poehler has officially hit her stride as hapless Leslie Knope, an idealistic parks employee trying to turn her small town into a little slice of heaven, with (and often without) the help of Pawnee's finest, funniest citizens.
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MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE, by John Hodgman
He?s not just the PC guy. The (allegedly) erudite comedian and Daily Show regular authored 2005's The Areas of My Expertise, and literally picks up where he left off (on page 257) in his follow-up book, out now in paperback. Hodgman makes the intellectual absurd with fun ''facts'' about mole-men, corn, and Alberto Gonzales. Sound like extraneous info? When it comes to Hodgman, nothing is.
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EXTREME CUISINE: EXOTIC TASTES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
On the menu in this Lonely Planet book are vivid photos of wild — and wildly revolting — edibles. Alligator cheesecake, mmmm.
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CARNIVAL COMICS apps
With bloodcurdling art, these ghoulish horror tales (episodic comics in app form) have a cult following and are available for most major mobile devices.
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Study up before Oscar season, because newcomer Carey Mulligan just might graduate to the big time. In this outstanding indie based on Lynn Barber's memoir, the actress portrays a whip-smart teenager in 1960s London who's wooed by an older man (Peter Sarsgaard, bravely straddling the line between charming and creepy).
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THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE boxed set, U2
Bono and the band will set your ears ablaze with this deluxe reissue of the 1984 album that ignited the foursome's artistic rep. The bonus DVD with live footage and the new hardcover book make this collector's set truly unforgettable.
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Etsy — the website where thousands of artisans sell often-beautiful handiwork — has something for everyone. This uproarious blog celebrates Etsy finds (overly anatomical dolls, tacky taxidermy, celeb-themed cat toys) better left unlisted.
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KELLY CUTRONE on 'The City'
Wait, MTV's The Hills spin-off stars someone named Whitney? We were too focused on bitchy scene-stealer Kelly Cutrone to notice. Good thing Bravo has snagged the fashion-industry insider for her own reality series.
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''SWEET DISPOSITION'' video, the Temper Trap
The Australian quartet's swirling electro-rock single, heard in (500) Days of Summer, has been given the groovy Laser Floyd treatment in this stunning light-fantastic video.
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Bust out the six-inch platform boots for this superfly blaxploitation satire film, featuring a commanding star turn by Michael Jai White as a beyond-macho kung-fu-fighting hustler who gets called back into his former life as a CIA operative in order to hunt down heroin-dealing mobsters. Can you dig it? We certainly can.
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Reader's Choice MARK SALLING on Glee
''Salling, as Puck, took the character I started out hating and turned him into someone I love in spite of myself.'' —Lisa
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Reader's Choice FRINGE on Fox
''Awesome cast, awesome stories, awful timeslot. Seriously, I will be furious if Fox kills this show.'' —Shay
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Reader's Choice SAINTHOOD, Tegan and Sara
"Tegan and Sara's new CD is absolutely incredible. My love for the twins just got even stronger than it already was." —Leah
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Reader's Choice CASTLE on ABC
''I wish I could hate this show and its cheesy premise. But, my God, I'm in love with Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic and that adorable girl who plays Alexis. This cast has such great chemistry and they seem to be having fun in every scene. It's a great way to end the Monday blues.'' —Sarah
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Reader's Choice NEW MOON Soundtrack
''Haters can hate on the series, but you must admit there are amazing tracks and artists featured on the soundtrack.'' —Theresa