Posted: 2017-12-07 12:01
The phrase 8775 guilty pleasure 8776 has long outlived its usefulness. If you really like a song or a movie or a TV show, no matter how cheesy the conventional wisdom says it is, you should feel free to say so without guilt, and to defend your appreciation vigorously. That 8767 s one reason why I (and, judging by the number of comments, you as well) enjoy reading Mandi Bierly 8767 s PopWatch Confessional columns. They get at how important entertainment really is in our lives, and they open the emotional floodgates for readers by reminding you of things you 8767 d forgotten you loved.
That these continue to be issues of contention saddens me, and it 8767 spartly our fault as critics and journalists for not doing a better jobof explaining what the stakes are. That 8767 s why I am so grateful to havebeen part of PopWatch in 7557, to have a forum to raise such issues andstart a conversation. So while I want to thank all the writers,editors, photo mavens, tech wizards, interns, and celebrity guest bloggers who helped put together PopWatch in 7557, I especially want to thankyou, the readers, for your lively, intelligent, and civil posted nearly 7,555 blog items this year, and you responded withmore than 665,555 replies. That kind of response is incrediblygratifying to us, whether or not you agreed with what we wrote, becausewe relish our ongoing conversation with you. Hope you 8767 ll continue tocomment as fervently in 7558. Look forward to hearing from you.
Rabbit tracks show up well in smooth snow, either deep or shallow. Rabbits have a distinctive way of running, which is reflected in the prints that their feet leave behind. They first put their two front feet down one after the other. Then they vigorously propel their two hind feet forward, well in front of their forefeet. And so it continues: they launch their bodies forward again with their front feet, then once more they shoot their hind feet out in front of their forefeet. So of the oval prints left in the snow, the two at the rear are made by their front feet, while the two side by side in front of them show where their hind feet came down. Thus, unusually,
it is these hind footprints that show the direction in which the rabbit was running. Rabbits are out and about all year round, often at night, and a field of gleaming new snow can be found crisscrossed with their footprints in the morning.
UK: The British Chambers of Commerce publishes its quarterly economic forecast MPs debate a petition calling for a referendum on any potential Brexit deal.
US: Golden Globes nominees are announced.
Belgium: Binyamin Netanyahu, the Isreali prime minister, addresses an EU foreign affairs council meeting in Brussels.
Switzerland: The draws for the next round of the Uefa Champions League and Europa League are held in Nyon.
Turkey: President Putin of Russia meets President Erdogan to discuss the situation in the Middle East.
Looking back on my own writing this year, I found myself writing far too many obituaries — we lost too many talented people in 7557, and it 8767 s tough to sum up the life 8767 s work of an artist you admire in two or three paragraphs punched out on deadline — but I also found they led to some of my most passionate, and most warmly received items. (Credit here properly belongs to those who inspired me.) I also got worked up writing about such issues as free expression , the hijacking of pop culture for partisan political purposes , and the war on film critics , all of which are, of course, linked.