Best of Complicated Fun 2006

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10 things I posted last year that my friends might actually read, in chronological order. (Above: Me talking to Ice Cube at McNally Smith.)

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1. "You can't do all of it by yourself": a tribute to Coretta Scott King (Complicated Fun, February 3, 2006).

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2. Can't Go Home: Juvenile's New Orleans, the ghost town America made (City Pages, April 5, 2006), with more photos here.

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3. Audio: James Baldwin and Malcolm X (Complicated Fun, April 25, 2006).

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4. Top ten blurry highlights from Homegrown (Culture to Go, May 9, 2006), more photos here.

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5. photos from Art-A-Whirl (Complicated Fun, May 24, 2006).

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6. "Desmond Dekker Came First": the real-life "007" (Complicated Fun, June 2, 2006).

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7. "Something about that song haunts you": A history of "We Shall Overcome" (Complicated Fun, June 9, 2006).

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8. "Out Loud: They scream. They wear tacos for underwear. Meet Faggot, rock's next big gay thing" (City Pages, June 21, 2006), more photos here, plus Lindsey's account of treasure hunting here.

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9. Ten Thousand Bullets: D.C. lifer George Pelecanos writes about murder, drug feuds, riots, dog-fighting--and also a little violence (City Pages, July 19, 2006) with more Q's and A's here.

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10. Reggaeton Animal: Immigrant dreams, dirty dancing, and the revolution: Meet the new Latin hip hop of Maria Isa and Danny y Elliot (City Pages, November 22, 2006), with more photos and links here.

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Bonus track: Living Like a Monk: How Minnesota musicians revived '60s rockers the Monks (City Pages, August 16, 2006).

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