Tuesday, November 24, 2009

So, we begin the end ... of 2009

As the year begins to draw to a close and people start warming up their voices for a little "Auld Lang Syne", we here at A Liberal's Libretto have started to comb our sources for the lists.

What lists, you ask? Well, the "Year in Review", "Entertainer of the Year", "Most [insert appellation here] of the year" lists, of course. It's how we find out who is in and who is on their way out. Although, let's be frank, if your name is on any list at all, you're still in. Am I right?

Enough with the chatter - let the clock start counting down to 2010, Ladies and Gents. We have found our first list.

Mark Blankenship of The Critical Condition writes:
Even when physical magazines go the way of the rotary phone—and that can’t be more than five years away, right?—Roommate Joe and I hope that Entertainment Weekly still produces a newsstand copy of its year-end issue. You know, the one where they anoint the top entertainers of the year with fancy photo spreads and essays, and then present all the critics’ picks for the best and worst of the last twelve months (that’s last year’s cover shown above). That issue, along with the annual Oscar nominees spotlight, arrives in our mailbox like a gift from pop culture heaven.

And because we are geeks passionately invested in the culture, Roommate Joe and I have decided to predict some of the artists whom EW will choose for this year’s issue, which should arrive in the middle of December. That’s right: We’re calling it early. Boom!

We’re also throwing down predictions for the magazine’s annual list of “Great Performances.” It gets its own issue these days, but in our hearts, it will always be part of the year-in-review spectacular.
After giving the list the once-over, I think they've pretty much nailed it. Now, it's your turn. Check it out: The Critical Condition.

[Photo - Baltic Bright TV Clock by Schlabaugh & Sons courtesy of wilddeserthare.com.]

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