My 2012 Predictions

Every year, I visit the Doug Pagitt Radio Show to give my predictions about the upcoming year in religion.  I did so on Sunday, and here are my 2012 predictions:

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Best Song of the Year

I dug a lot of music this year.  In fact, I’d say that, with the help of The Current, I listened to more music than news for the first year since college.  I think that Bon Iver’s new album is brilliant.  Courtney and I went to see Sharon van Etten twice (get a free song by her here). And, with apologies to Rick, I even like Mylo Xyloto (by the official band of the emergent church).

But my favorite song of the year is

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Gay Marriage Is Good for Your Health

So says the BBC:

Legalising same-sex marriage may create a healthier environment for gay men, say US researchers.

The number of visits by gay men to health clinics dropped significantly after same-sex unions were allowed in the state Massachusetts.

This was regardless of whether the men were in a stable relationship, reported the American Journal of Public Health.

A UK HIV charity said there was a clear link between happiness and health.

Research has already suggested that gay men are more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts than heterosexual men, and that social exclusion may be partly responsible.

For more, check out my $.99 ebook, There Are Two Marriages.

Best Book of the Year

I read a lot of good books this year.  But the best had to be Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (currently only $2.99 on the Kindle!). Here’s what I wrote about it:

The title characters are superbly drawn, leading me to hope that this novel will never be turned into a movie, for there is so much subtlety to their personalities, and my affections toward each of them rose and fell so many times, that a 3-act movie would be a supreme injustice to the Clark’s development of them. [READ THE REST]

Since a lot of us will be buying books over the next couple weeks, what’s the best book that you read this year?