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I lead this week’s arts section with my longish look at Beauty Pill‘s summer experiment in recording an album in public. Eve Ottenberg reviews The Color of My Soul, Melanie S. Hatter‘s novel of identity and self-discovery in a small southwest Virginia town (it won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House’s annual prize in 2011). Tricia Olszewski reviews two films about growing up, the excellent and moving Pariah and the pretty but useless Norwegian Wood. And in One Track Mind, Christopher Porter chats up local hardcore dudes Police and Thieves, who channel Dag Nasty in their song “Doubt Crusades.”