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Year in review: Movies, television, music and the arts

The Times' critics separate the wheat from the chaff and reflect on the direction of our dizzying culture.

Notes on a Year: Ann Powers on pop music

Notes on a Year: Ann Powers on pop music

Notes on a Year: Mark Swed on classical music

The stretch of silence in John Cage's "4'33" " is seen as a blessing, and it's part of a movement to turn off the noise. Cage's work is vying to be the Christmas No. 1 hit in Britain, even.

David Ulin's favorite books of 2010

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