Top 10 Stories of 2012


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Wow. In Cultural Weekly’s first full year of publication (we began in our current format in June, 2011), with thanks to you, our growth has been tremendous.

The online world has its own terminology. Individual readers are called “uniques,” which means we don’t count you more than once, even if you come back again and again. Cultural Weekly has had 65,000 of you unique readers since January 1 of this year.

You have visited here from more than 50 nations; the top dozen countries of our readers are the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, Germany, New Zealand, France, Italy, Brazil, Israel and Mexico.

What have you been reading? Here are the Top 10 stories of 2012, based on how many reads they received. You are an amazing, eclectic group of people!

10. “Why are artists embarrassed about getting money, but Jamie Dimon isn’t?” I asked earlier this year. We should keep asking this question.

9 and 8. Our first-ever writing contest. Here’s the winning entry by Rhonda Talbot, and here are the contest rules and the original story by Neil LaBute that got the ball rolling.

7. “Szymborska,” a poem by Jack Grapes in memory of a fellow poet. If a poem can get 180 comments, there is hope for all of us.

6. Artist Sol LeWitt’s advice, “Do something, do anything!” as an animated short. (The image above is from the video.)

5. Charles Bukowski’s poem, “The Laughing Heart.”

4. How did the Sundance movies perform? I answered that question with the Sundance Scorecard, which proved especially popular with people movie execs at the festival this year. I’ll be writing more about indie movies next year, too.

3. Professor Dennis Baron’s satiric diagnosis of what goes on in the brains of people who care about grammar. A few people sent emails wondering if he was kidding. He was.

2. Playwright and philosopher John Steppling’s mediation on Lars von Trier.

1. To sum it all up, no one does it better than Neil Gaiman. The most-read, or shall we say, most-watched piece of the year: Neil Gaiman’s 10 Rules for Creative Work.

We’ll have one more edition this year, which we’ll post next week. Then we’ll catch up on our sleep until January, and do it all over again.

By the way, if you’re reading this on our publication date, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, and you’re in Los Angeles, I hope you’ll come to our gathering tonight. It will be wonderful to meet you, and for you to meet each other. Details here.


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Adam Leipzig

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Adam Leipzig, Cultural Weekly’s publisher, is the Chief Operating Officer of CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the creative community. He is also CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a company that navigates creative entrepreneurs through the Hollywood system and beyond, and a keynote speaker. He is the former president of National Geographic Films and senior Disney executive, and has been a producer, distributor, financier and executive on more than 30 films, including 'March of the Penguins,' 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,' 'Dead Poets Society,' and 'Titus.' Adam is the author of ‘Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers ’ and co-author of the all-in-one resource for college students and emerging filmmakers 'Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft' (Macmillan). Adam teaches at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, and in UCLA's Professional Producing Program.

  • Kathy Goldman

    I just read the hilarious article about grammar correctors. My husband and I both suffer from this new syndrome. I can't wait to let everyone I know that my "problem" as they call it, is every bit as important as their inability to grasp the simplest grammatical concepts. I still have neat handwriting. Is that a syndrome too?

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