Just in case the sharp snap in the air, the World Series or the trick-or-treaters didn't give it away, it should be noted that it is now officially November. That means that 2010 is almost over, and that everything in culture will be moving towards an endgame. Oscar-baiting movies will roll out by the truckload, high-profile artists will drop shopping soundtrack albums, big-time video games will try to take over the holiday market and television will (mostly) stay exactly the same. In the meantime, it's time to start planning for your holiday travel, working out your Christmas list and making reservations for New Year's Eve. Because before you know it, the year will be gone and we'll have to do all of this all over again.
In addition to containing one of the definitive American holidays in Thanksgiving, November also hosts a number of other celebrations. Today (Monday, November 1) is All Saints Day, which is why you should toast your favorite martyr. You'll also get to celebrate the Day of the Dead (November 2), Veterans Day (November 11) and Latvian Independence Day (November 18). The month is also set aside for a handful of causes and concerns that will last for the duration, including Native American Heritage, Lung Cancer Awareness, National Homeless Youth Awareness, Pomegranates (no, seriously, it's National Pomegranate Awareness Month — so it's up to you to be come more aware of pomegranates) and Men's Health (which sometimes manifests as males deciding not to shave as a means of calling attention to it, hence the titles Novembeard or No Shave November).
You know who observes No Shave November all the time? Wyclef Jean, who will also be making some sort of traditional return this month. Because, you know, he's always "Gone Till November." Watch for the Bob Dylan cameo, and watch for the hook.