Although champagne has become as de rigueur as midnight strikes – no single food epitomizes contemporary New Year’s. The menu may be luxurious caviar, or sobering hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day. Celebrations marking the inexorable march of Father Time often involve foods imbued with symbolism.
In the course of this month, two journalists have approached me with questions related to political scandals. My answers, neither of which has been printed in full, may perhaps interest the readers of our blog. They regarded the typicality of phrases such as Ponzi schemes, and using names as verbs.
What is an angel investor?
Rajan Menon looks at how Obama should address Asia.
Elvin Lim reflects on 2008.
A look at how Obama should reform preschool.
An alternative look at Christmas!
For many of us in the British Commonwealth, Boxing Day can bring back memories of visiting family and friends, even as modernity transforms the date from an opportunity to exchange gifts between one another into one on which you return gifts at shopping malls. For Americans, it’s an anachronism.
Anatoly’s post has seasonal cheer.
Ben presents us with an holiday ode to mapping.
What OUP staffers read this year.
Grawemeyer award winner, Donald Shriver, answers some questions.
Lim reflects Obama’s invitation to Pator Rick Warren.
How Polar Bears can help cure diabetes.
Jerome Neu looks at the meaning of the shoes thrown at the Baghdad press conference earlier this week.
What Rebecca has been reading.