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January 3rd, 2013 | 9:00am

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During this holiday week, The Common is presenting highlights from the past year. Today's highlights come from "Essays."

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January 2nd, 2013 | 9:00am

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Looking back on a year of dispatches, I’m proud to report that we’ve had essays from five continents. I heard from writers in places both famous and obscure, as well as some remote areas that were unknown to me. More than once, I found myself zooming in on Google maps, trying to get a glimpse of the locations described. My hope is that some of this year’s dispatches inspired the same curiosity in you. Here are a few highlights from throughout the year, ones you may have missed the first time the around:

January 1st, 2013 | 9:00am

During this holiday week, The Common is presenting highlights from the past year. Today's highlights come from "Reviews."

Read Melinda Misener's review of Townie by Andre Dubus III, here, and Sarah Malone's review of NW by Zadie Smith, here.

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December 31st, 2012 | 3:31pm

During this holiday week, The Common is presenting highlights from the past year. Today's highlights come from our weekly staff column, "In House."

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In "A View from the Cheap Seats", Elizabeth Byrne talks sports; in the aftermath of Hurrican Sandy, Hannah Gersen reflects on the transience of place, asking, "Is Geography Destiny?"

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December 28th, 2012 | 9:40am

During this holiday week, The Common is presenting highlights from the past year.  Today's highlights come from our joint columns "From the 17th Floor" and "From the Stone House."

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In "All These Things So Arranged", Jennifer Acker takes us to Turkish wonders; in "On Belonging", Martha Cooley reflects on settling into a new place.