Is God a Robot That Just Hasn’t Been Invented Yet?
Hating the poor in the season of giving
How to Hire Fake Friends and Family
Fiction from the New Yorker: Cat Person
Thousands Once Spoke His Language in the Amazon; Now, He’s the Only One
How ancient mastodon bones sparked a modern-day battle among scientists
Chuck Miller: When I caught the Times Union editing my blog headlines without my permission
RIP, Sue Grafton at 77 – Y Is For Yesterday: her last mystery series novel
Arthur answers Roger’s questions about the regime in DC and the nasty people in DC and blogging, and Kiwi language and his most evergreen post
RIP to Rose Marie, who was of an uncertain age; at least she was around for this; Dick Van Dyke has lost two costars this year, with Mary Tyler Moore passing in January
2018 US postage stamps: Musician John Lennon, performer and activist Lena Horne, America’s first woman in space Sally Ride, and children’s television pioneer Mr. Rogers
Mark Evanier has been blogging for 17 years this month, a site I check out daily
Clifford Irving, Author of a Notorious Literary Hoax, Dies at 87
Erie, PA Receives Record 53 Inches of Snow in 30 Hours
Now I Know: The People Who Protect Chewbacca and The Worthless $65 Million Masterpiece That Cost $29 Million and The Town That Pays Criminals to Cut it Out and The Accidental Masterpiece and The New York Police Department’s Giant Problem and The People Who Protect Chewbacca
What is it like to go through a car wash with the windows down?
TICKS, MANY OF THEM
What Do You Call a World That Can’t Learn From Itself?
This is the thanks he gets for “overhauling” the American tax system?
‘He Would Probably Be a Dictator by Now’
The United States of America Is Decadent and Depraved
Should We Care What Happens to the GOP’s Soul?
I Won’t Tolerate A ‘Different Viewpoint’ When It’s Based On Blatant Lies
The Whoppers of 2017: the year’s worst falsehoods and bogus claims
“Neoliberalism” isn’t an empty epithet – It’s a real, powerful set of ideas
How life is now in Puerto Rico
“Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” – Augustine of Hippo
The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2017 and 1957
Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons of 2017
YouTube’s highest paid stars – who ARE these people? I’m old
The Biggest Tech Fails of 2017
Turner Classic Movies’ annual Obituary Video
The Daily Show team looks back at the biggest events of 2017 in news, sports, and pop culture
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Gil Scott Heron
Keep On Doing What You’re Doing/Jerks On The Loose – Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor
Two songs from Björk’s 2017 album Utopia
Dmitri Shostakovich – Waltz No. 2
The Last Day of Summer – Elyxr, ft Color Theory
Retrospect -Freen in Green, ft. Liz Enthusiasm
Sufjan Stevens, Chris Cornell, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Taylor Swift on longlist for Best Original Song Oscar
Dominic Frontiere, Composer for ‘The Outer Limits,’ ‘The Flying Nun,’ Dies at 86