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Hey, did you read:
• The MacArthur "genius grant" winners? (Including Chicago-born saxophonist Steve Coleman, University of Illinois professor Tami Bond, Northwestern professor Mark Hersam, University of Chicago professor Tara Zahra, and documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer, whose movie The Act of Killing was named the best of the year last year by the Reader's J.R. Jones.) —Tal Rosenberg
• About How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran's new sexual coming-of-age novel? ("Ms. Moran's working-class background and politics are what put dirt on the spade of her prose," Dwight Garner writes.) —Steve Bogira