LA Noire is all the hype

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We don’t know much about video games, maybe close to nothing, but we have been hearing a bunch about Rockstar’s new game, LA Noire. From the looks of it, you are playing LA Confidential with some of the best face-recognition graphics we have ever seen. The game is set in 1947, and you get to play detective with all the real fillings in there; crime investigations, murders, detective work, interviews, scene of the crime, etc.

This trailer sells us…

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11 Books Everyone Should Read Even Though They Are Hard To Read

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Recently, we have read two great contemporary novels: Kafka On the Shore by Haruki Murakami, and Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. They were completely different, in fact, almost nothing about them is the same except that they have both been written in the past 20 years by a Japanese writer and an American writer who are widely known in their countries as the leading living writers.

Both KOTS and Freedom have been books we have recommended to everyone we know who likes to read. They are easy reads in the general sense: you don’t have to have a Ph.D in Literature to appreciate the novels, but if you had a Ph.D in Literature, you would like them all the same (although chances are, you wouldn’t admit it).

But this got us thinking: what are 1o absolutely must-read in life that are slightly harder, more involved reads that we have read and can tell you that they are 10 absolutely must-reads in your lifetime. It was hard to pick what was a hard to read, because Henry Miller can be hard to read, but sometimes not that enjoyable, so we wanted these to be enjoyable. Proust is great, but really, Swan’s Way isn’t 100% a must for you if you are starting in 2011. And, we feel really weird leaving Don Quixote out, and Borges, or One Hundred Years of Solitude, but if you get to these titles and author, bravo.

And, we don’t have Kafka on here, because if you have neglected to read Kafka, then, well, not good, please leave. And if you haven’t read the Autobiography of Malcom X, or one Henry James novel, please catch up.

We aren’t trying to be obscure either. These are major texts, no surprises, but that means all the more you need to read them. —The Citrus Report Staff

1) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


2a) Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

2b) Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner

3) Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

4) Mrs Dalloway by Virgina Woolf

5) The Odyssey

6) Slouching Towards Bethlehemby Joan Didion

7) The Wasteland by TS Eliot

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9) Everything Gertrude Stein ever wrote

10) For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

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New leads in Biggie’s murder investigation

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It has almost been 14 years, but apparently several law enforcement agencies (love it when the reports keep it super ambiguous like that) have re-upped their work in the Christoper Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G. murder case. The case was opened on March 9, 1997, when Biggie was shot and killed in LA. It is reported that new details have emerged that make the case worth a new gander.

CNN reports, “the investigation into the 13-year-old unsolved case was “reinvigorated” months ago as a result of new information, but the source would not elaborate further because of the ongoing investigation that includes the Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI.”

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The Tragedy in Tuscon

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We know most of the stuff we post on this website is more light-hearted at times, but because this is the weekend and most of us aren’t fully keeping up national news, Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head today during a public appearance in her district in Tuscon, Arizona. Seventeen others were shot, 6 killed, including a Federal Judge and 9-year old child.

The suspect, in custody, has the typical eerily 3-name moniker that most people who shoot politcal figures seem to have, Jared Lee Loughner. No politcal motives or information about cause is known.

Of course, in typical fashion again, the Tea Party is defensive, claiming they are already being blamed for the crime. If you talk loud and full of hate, you get blamed for things.

Follow the live blog on NY TIMES.

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