Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Shaking Off 2010

2010 wasn't a particularly encouraging year on the global front and, as far as I'm concerned, the only thing that even began to redeem it was a crop of high quality films (Inception, Social Network, Winter's Bone, etc--seriously, drop everything and go see the last one right this minute). Which isn't exactly an encouraging silver lining. And things continue to look down in 2011--with US politics looking uglier than ever, a potential conflict brewing in Ivory Coast (and maybe embroiling all of West Africa), and, you know, a bunch of other crap (side note: did anyone else see that the head of the Revolutionary Guard slapped Ahmadinejad in the face?).

But, as Joel McCrea (yes, I had to look it up) discovers in Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels (another great film, with the gorgeous Veronica Lake) and as Donald O'Connor sings in Singin' in the Rain (ditto on cinematic greatness), sometimes you gotta make 'em laugh.

So, take a gander at Dave Barry's overview of 2010. I've been reading him on and off since I was 13 (an eagerly anticipated bit of comedy in the Sunday International Herald Tribune, which was a difficult thing to find on a Sunday in Rennes, France), and he never disappoints. You'll laugh through the tears. A nice way to shake off 2010. Here's to hoping that 2011 is at least a smidge better.

With compliments and, I guess, an H/T to Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish for the Dave Barry link.

And with promises that pictures from my holiday break will go up soon--I've got a thousand or so photos to work through.

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