This Guy Died This Year: George Shearing, Music's Original Hipster Taste

Jack Kerouac was into George Shearing before it was cool to be into George Shearing (or into Jack Kerouac, for that matter). Kerouac wrote a great deal about the near-orgasmic experience of listening to jazz, and one of his more notable passages on the subject appears in On the Road. It's drawn from having seen… »12/30/11 3:45pm12/30/11 3:45pm

The Year In Animals Running Onto The Field, Adorably: A Video

Humans weren't the only creatures invading our sporting events this year. There was the squirrel that interrupted an NLDS game, the fluffy owl who is sadly no longer with us, and a strangely high quantity of dogs running around soccer pitches. Here are some of our favorite animal trespassers from 2011, set to music… »12/30/11 11:30am12/30/11 11:30am

The Year In Fans Running Onto The Field: A Video

Is there anything more life-affirming than watching a fan—likely drunk, possibly naked, probably a moron—jump a barrier and dash onto a field in the middle of a sporting event? The responsible authoritarians who run the TV networks won't show you these occasional bursts of the anarchic spirit, but we will. Here's a… »12/30/11 10:00am12/30/11 10:00am

This Guy Died This Year: Shrek, The Unshearable Sheep

There is only meaning in life if there is revelation in death. Billions of generations have come and gone, and most are meaningless for the purposes of the living if we can't take some sort of lesson from their brief time on earth. It's why we scour the obituaries and mourn the famous and infamous and successful and… »12/29/11 6:50pm12/29/11 6:50pm

This Guy Died This Year: Bil Keane, Comics Paterfamilias

Bil Keane was known, among his fellow professional cartoonists, as a funny, funny man. His life's work, in The Family Circus, was to hide that fact from as many people as possible. Day after day, decade after decade, The Family Circus delivered the mildest gags imaginable—observational humor minus the observation,… »12/29/11 5:58pm12/29/11 5:58pm