Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon's most recent book, The Polish Boxer, mesmerized us. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dave Brubeck at Newport. Wiqan Ang for NPR hide caption

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Dave Brubeck at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors. Kris Connor/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, whose recording of music by John Adams made our Top 10 of 2012. Bill Swerbenski/courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Dave Brubeck performing on the pilot episode of a television program in 1965. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Dave Brubeck Quartet performs. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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