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by The Dartmouth Mirror | 11/10/06 6:00am

Book: "Bobos in Paradies," by David Brooks

From your favorite New York Times editorialist David Brooks comes "Bobos in Paradise," a book that analyzes and reports the practices of the new "environment-friendly" and "health-conscious" elite. This new cultural class earned their money, and they're spending it on those wheat grass, high protein, low-carb smoothies, $30,000 slate showers and top-of-the-line Vinyasa yoga classes. Brooks maintains a funny and somewhat cynical tone throughout the book, but that doesn't mean his commentary isn't insightful. Read the book and then look around you. - Alyson Guillet

Music: "Where did you sleep last night?," by Nirvana

So I guess I'm on kind of a blues/folk heritage kick lately, and I've been finding it everywhere. Even in Nirvana's "Unplugged in New York"; widely agreed to be either their best ever or worst ever accomplishment. Cobain's heroin howl brings the pain of Leadbelly's spare and heartbreaking lyrics, clear and cold over the distance of almost a century. - John Beardsley

Movie: "Girl Shy," directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor (1924)

Playing on Sunday night as part of the DFS series on freaks and loners, "Girl Shy" is sure to be an uproarious experience. The film follows a shy bachelor (Harold Lloyd) and the fantasies portrayed in his book, "The Secret of Making Love." The surefire laughs of Lloyd's escapades combined with Bob Merrill's live piano accompaniment will make you think twice about calling silent films boring. Use it as an 82 minute study break -- I promise you won't be sorry. - Bailey Massey

TV: "Heroes," NBC Mondays at 9 p.m.

One show that I look forward to all week is NBC's new hit series "Heroes." It has all the excitement, mystery and plot twists of "Lost," but isn't as frustrating ("Run Kate!" -- are you kidding me?). The show is about people all over the world who discover that they have superpowers. Eventually, these "heroes" will have to come together to save the world. Don't worry, it's not as cheesy as it sounds. Save the cheerleader, save the world! (But if you can't do that, at least watch "Heroes.") - Louisa McCarthy