vol. 11, num. 1 :: 2012.01.06 — 2012.01.19
Our annual feast of lists on a wide range of topics, spanning the past year, the past ten years or a lifetime of learning and being.
A challenging year shifts beliefs in some important ways.
Naming the evidence, large and small.
Remembering the year past through a selection of artfully crafted books, albums, films, paintings, beverages and more.
Reflecting on a year of getting healthy without the pressure of New Year’s resolutions.
A move to a new community is marked by shared meals and beverages.
A retrospective of surprising life changes.
Taking a friend’s advice to give time for personal lament.
The riches of literature, discovered throughout Chicagoland.
An eclectic selection from 1933 through 2008.
A list of seasonal comfort foods to warm the whole person.
What the iconic doll taught us beyond -- and sometimes instead of -- playing nice.
A list from Kevin Deutch.
Rebecca Tirrell Talbot recommends three good reads.
Film critic Jeffrey Overstreet posts some of his favorites from the past years, with some words about critics in general.
I pick up a copy of Newsweek on the plane and immediately notice how biased, slanted, and opinionated all the U.S. newsmagazine articles are. Not that the Euro and British press aren’t biased as well — they certainly are — but living in the United States we are led to believe, and are constantly reminded, that our press is fair and free of bias. After such a short time away, I am shocked at how obviously and blatantly this lie is revealed — there is the ‘reporting’ that is essentially parroting what the White House press secretary announces; the myriad built-in assumptions that one ceases to register after being somewhere else for a while. The myth of neutrality is an effective blanket for a host of biases.
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