Oh hey! Did I miss anything? No? Good.
But Lyz Lenz wrote a good essay about learning to run in 2020, Jess Zimmerman wrote a good essay about endings and the lack thereof, and Lawrence Wright wrote an entire New Yorker dot print issue about our hell year. I don't like personal essays or #longreads so you know these are good.
Stef Kight aggregated the year's news cycles for Axios, proving that it really was as relentless as you remember and also providing a handy reference for your terrible "We Didn't Start the Fire 2020" parody (please don't do this). Did you know: Kobe Bryant died this year??? Linda Holmes claims she found 50 wonderful things from 2020. Frankly, I doubt it. And the best Vox could come up with was that 2020 was probably not the worst year in history.
2021 is already looking better: The Great Gatsby is in the public domain, which means it's not a great day to hop on a Zoom call with notable Gatsby fan Jeffrey Toobin, who will be beating on and not paying attention to that green light. Everything else published in 1925 is also in the public domain, so you can finally release your Gatsby / Dalloway / Nick Adams slashfic.
Somehow the Covid relief bill started a 180 day clock for for the US defense department and intelligence agencies to release all their UFO info because America has a good government that works properly. It's probably not a good day to hop on a Zoom call with Tom DeLonge either. But in 2021 we can all be Space Egg.
Today in Animals Other Than Eels: A Queens neighborhood is terrorized by vicious squirrels (this sounds like tabloid hyperbole but there are pictures and it is not). Ryan’s Goslings. [PICS] Ex-cop dog barks at tree, dad starts industrial revolution. Raccoons riding on feral hogs, sure why not? Robots are animals now too! There are no rules!
Look, 2014-2020 inclusive were all pretty terrible, and maybe 2021 will be too, but at least we'll have each other.
Today's Song: It had to be this one.
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