Monday, December 27, 2004

It's that time of year again
Which time? The inter-holiday season—those days between Christmas and New Years.

For many people, this is a time of relaxation, a time for a breath of air after the Christmas madness before students and teachers return to school. For others, today represents a return to the tedium of work before the few days off that come with New Year's. Of course, all of this varies a bit depending upon what day of the week the holidays fall on. For example, this year, New Year's Day is a weekend, and results in no additional days off.

My inter-holiday season, however, is a little different—it consists of reading all of the year end wrap-up columns by every columnist in the country. This is exhausting work. Often, contributions are useless and add nothing substantial to any national intellectual conversation, perhaps because, as Lileks pointed out on Christmas Eve, he had to write his first post-Christmas column almost a week before Christmas. Luckily, I haven't run into any of those as yet.

Many of these columns, however, turn into gems. So far, I've particularly liked two: those by David Brooks with his choices for the best political essays of the year and the hilarious Dave Barry year-in-review. I recommend you check them both out.

At some point, I will endeavor to do my own sum-up. If I find the time (I'll be in transit for a week starting on Wednesday, so that's iffy) I might even break it up into a few posts on different topics. At the very least, I'll try to key you into some of the better year closers.

In the meantime, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and find yourselves stuffed with holiday goodies.

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