The nsavides Blog: The Year that was 2011


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Hi everyone, I hope you all are enjoying the holidays with friends and family. I’m excited about some of the stories I have planned for 2012, but before the New Year comes, I thought I’d take a moment to highlight the stories I wrote this past year.

I spend a little longer writing each post than the typical blogger, so there aren’t as many posts, but I am proud of the ground I covered. Maybe you missed a story or maybe you just want to revisit a story that you enjoyed. In any case, I hope you’ll find something of interest in the list below.


Starting in January, these are the stories I wrote in 2011:

What’s the *#@#*$! big deal about $%*@#*! swearing?: Some people get upset even by the mildest forms of profanity. Others swear all the time. Is there a reason to be more mindful about the things we say?

Culture Mini: Stranger than Fiction : A quick write-up on the under-appreciated Will Ferrell film Stranger than Fiction.

Music Videos and Other Miscellaneous Matters: The story behind the “Alone in Space” music video I directed for the band Long Division.

(Mostly) Modest Thoughts on Modern Art: Sometimes a squiggle means so much more. Sometimes it doesn’t.

The Fight to Canonize Director George Stevens: Why the director behind films like Giant, Shane, A Place in the Sun, and Greatest Story Ever Told deserves the recognition of a world-class filmmaker.

Revisiting Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot : Why the classic album from the Flaming Lips is so great.

Renewing our Cities by Renewing Each Other : A series of videos I did about how various creative types in Hampton Roads, Virginia revitalize their communities.

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: A Tribute: Literature that showcases positive business characters is so rare. Here’s why we need more of those kinds of books.

The Spooky Goodness of Harry Potter: A Tribute: What is it about the series that makes it so magical? Are the snobbish critics right about its supposed frivolous nature?

Will Eisner: Graphic Novel Godfather, Dreamer: A look at the artist and storyteller who transformed the comics business and made graphic novels respectable.

Israel, Where Rockets Turn to Roses: The nation of Israel gets a bad rap now and in years past. Some thoughts on why it is a special gift to world, worth defending.


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Whatever comes in the year ahead, I pray that we will all enjoy the exploration of it together. Happy 2012, ladies and gentlemen! 

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As always, thanks for reading and God bless.

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