+A-Z of my favorite things from 2008 (coming soon!)
+traveling home for break. Somehow the thought is madly liberating and wonderful.
+SNOW! Drawing hearts and skulls and giraffes on the top of newspaper dispensers, snowball fights in the park, the park covered completely in a layer of white, building shitty snowmans on top of tables, dancing under the fluffy big snowflakes in my red coat!
+meeting new internet friends IN REAL LIFE. Wandering about the village and having absurd conversations and adventures and staying up until eight in the morning with said new friends who rather, really, resemble movie characters in the most entertaining way possible.
Millions more people are going to museums, literary festivals and operas; millions more watch demanding television programmes or download serious-minded podcasts. Not all these activities count as mind-stretching, of course. Some are downright fluffy. But, says Donna Renney, the chief executive of the Cheltenham Festivals, audiences increasingly want “the buzz you get from working that little bit harder”. This is a dramatic yet often unrecognised development. “When people talk and write about culture,” says Ira Glass, the creator of the riveting public-radio show “This American Life”, “it’s apocalyptic. We tell ourselves that everything is in bad shape. But the opposite is true. There’s an abundance of really interesting things going on all around us.”