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There is something about a numbered list that drives people crazy. Lists alone are bad but numbers, especially, push a person over the edge. (Especially if they are ranked.) But we mark the end of the year with such lists. For the publishing industry especially best book lists can provide a significant push in sales in advance of holiday gift giving: this is a tradition, albeit semi-arbitrary, with stakes. With such a wealth of...
Which year was the worst year ever? Which was the best? Which was right smack in the goddamned middle? Here are the years of the 21st century, ranked from best to worst, presented without comment. 1. 2008 2. 2002 3. 2011 4. 2006 5. 2010 6. 2000 7. 2009 8. 2013 9. 2012 10. 2003 11. 2005 12. 2004 13. 2001 14. 2007 15. 2014
It all started in earnest about a year ago, coinciding with the release of a book of essays centered around the topic of leaving—or staying in—New York City. Oh, to be sure, people have been writing about the difficulty of leaving—or staying in—New York for decades, but in the last year it seems like we've finally reached the saturation point in terms of sheer quantity of essays devoted to the topic. We don't want...
Ice hockey has all the trappings of an inherently hipster sport—it's expensive and therefore exclusive; it requires a rather finicky, high-maintenance environment, and it's played mostly by people who grew up in the Midwest. So why aren't we totally freaking out about the fact that our city's biggest professional hockey team, the New York Rangers, are going to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in exactly 20 years? Here, handily, we have...

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