Where's China, you ask? They'll be fine -- the big slowdown won't come -- and every month will bring a new Xinhua image that shows that Xi Jinping really is a "man of the people."
As we look at prognostications about the economy and politics of 2030, is it possible that the axis of global culture is also moving to other places, or at least will be more evenly distributed in the decades to come?
(Apologies to Roger Angell and Ian Frazier) Our weary planet's never-ending Trip around the Sun, now trending Toward its yearly consummation Beckons ...
Which of these resolutions I break remains to be seen, but if you came up with ten, what do you think your success rate would be?
Less than two years ago, Shahid moved from Pakistan to London, and now he's living out his fantasy. "My whole life is changed now, so I can forget everything but I can't forget the one pound fish."
Out of the Loop: A struggling filmmaker who wishes he made Looper is visited by his future self who travels back in time to give him the idea for Looper.
Can it be that having nearly a billion hits on YouTube gives a man such celebrity status that his denigration of military families like mine can be overlooked, even by you? If so, this is a shameful triumph of self-promotion over selfless service.
But whatever Psy says, his bold anti-war rapping has placed him in a new light for many people worldwide who previously only saw him as a kooky little K-pop star.
Deciding to "go rogue," as the pope jauntily put it, Benedict shut the door of his office and began communicating with his flock (and anyone else who's following him). Below is a partial inaugural Twitter feed from His Holiness.
Bill O'Reilly doesn't get "Gangnam Style." And who did O'Reilly think could help him understand? Why, the courageous, renegade, maverick psychiatrist on the Fox News Medical A-Team, Keith Ablow.
Today, I saw a news report from the Jersey Shore about the massive amount of recovery work still left to do. Before that, I realized I hadn't seen much Sandy coverage for almost two weeks. Perhaps I'm just imagining things, but I seem to remember after Hurricane Katrina there was a longer national awareness.
To have PSY, a Korean superstar and MC Hammer, an iconic black star from 1992, performing "Gangnam Style" and "2 Legit 2 Quit" on stage together to close out the American Music Awards, seems an appropriate -- even touching -- bookend for the year.
Youth Olympian and 19-year-old Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke won the hearts of the Internet this summer after a video of her sexy warmups went viral. Now that she's arrived in Los Angeles, the athlete behind the meme also proved bust a move to the Internet's other favorite dances.
I quit smoking in February of this year, but after I watched the 2012 American Music Awards, I wanted to go buy a pack of cigarettes, rip the filters off, and smoke it like my Father is making me smoke the whole pack as punishment.
Look -- having opinions is critical -- no one likes a waffling whinge. Having a POV at least gives you a place to begin a discussion and makes conversation interesting. But again -- how sure are you?
The original meaning of "Gangnam Style" has been lost on non-Korean speakers who have no idea that Gangnam is the wealthiest district of Korea's capitol, Seoul. I came to realize that China has actually had its own Gangnam style for a millennium.