Friday Free-for-All: New Year Edition

Happy New Year, IC readers! We’ve been taking it slow here over the holidays, and today will be no different — but we’ll be back with a vengeance in 2011. Below are a few last links from Oh-Ten, and feel free to add more in the comments — along with any resolutions, reflections, or hopes for the new year.

Wishing you every good thing in 2011!

  • It wouldn’t be an end-of-year post without a few “best of” lists, so in that spirit, here is Roger Ebert’s “Best Films of 2010,” NPR’s exhaustive best-in-music lists (pop, classical, jazz, and more), and — simply because I fully endorse his selections of Helprin and Reilly — “All Manner of Thing”‘s favorite books. What was your favorite in arts and culture this year?
  • It also wouldn’t be the new year without prognostications about what lies ahead in 2011. Joe Carter’s “Predictions for 2011” may not be the most likely, but they are certainly the most entertaining. Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out what IC contributors see in our future, and if they’re any more accurate…
  • Jeremy Lott looks back on his resolution for 2010 — “waste more time” — and considers how he fared.
  • And finally, Father Robert Barron discusses Pope Benedict’s Christmas reflections:
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Margaret Cabaniss


Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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