Yes, there was Aurora and there was Newtown, and there may have been a striking lack of coverage on Afghanistan and the drone war, but there was a handful of news events that seemed to make for the most striking photography.
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
In the real world, there were escalating political nightmares and merciless superstorms and terrible shootings. But on TV and on the radio, at the movies and all across the Internet, there was revitalization and renewal, invention and good old-fashioned fun.
Saturday Night Live isn't important because it's a weekly funny show. It's important because it's the only weekly funny show that can help us remember what the heck happened this year.
There is no better way for a semantic-minded person to remember the year than with those words we'd just as soon never write or see or hear spoken again. From "artisanal" to "curate," "gaffe" to "legitimate rape," and "meggings" to "ugh," here's our list.
We honor the 33 books that mattered to us in this year's breakout literary genre, with a little help from some writerly and book-loving folks, including authors Eliot Schrefer, Ally Condie, Ruta Supetys, Andrea Cremer, R.L. Stine, and others.
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