Around the Horn: 1.3.13

January 3, 2013

Around-the-Horn[1]2012 in Review: 50 Wonderful Things From The Year In Pop Culture
From NPR

YAHOO! 2012 Year in Review
The standout news and pop obsessions gleaned from your search results.

Top 10 Religious Stories of 2012
As the nation reeled from the Dec. 14 killing of 20 first graders and six adults in Newtown, Conn., religious leaders sought to console a stunned public and to discern religion’s role in future debates about mental health and gun control.  The No. 1 U.S. religion story in December 2012 was, without a doubt, the school attack and the mournful search for meaning that follows.  However, before the shooting, professional journalists who cover religion voted on the year’s other significant religious events.

My Greatest Hope for 2013: No Change At All
Like most people, as we head into 2013 I am hungry for change. In our cities, our culture, our families, and even in ourselves we want some things–many things–to be different. A new year brings hope that “it” will get better. The underlying reality of this desire is that things are not as they should be. The world is corrupt, our lives are incomplete, and people are broken. But for all of the change I do desire, my greatest hope for 2013 is actually no change at all.

Deliver Us From 21st Century Blindspots
Here is the broader value of studying history: it gives voice to the questions and perspectives of times and places other than our own. This is my defense of history when people ask, Why bother studying the past? Studying history is an act of “democracy.” I’m listening to the many voices of the past rather than to the few voices of this “blip” we call the 21st-century Western world.

A good article on Robert Griffin III from the Washington Post.

A Feminist Who Is Miserable About “Les Miserables”
From the Deacon’s Bench: Though Ms. Wolf may not realize it, the inconvenient truth is that “Les Miserables” actually pivots around women—and in particular, the women who change one man’s life, compelling him to heroism and, even, sanctity.