Christmas is nearly here and gone, so it’s time to turn our attention to a year in retrospect. Here are the “best” excerpts of my column, “Pop Culture,” from 2011, in chronological order, with all context removed.

Christmas is nearly here and gone, so it’s time to turn our attention to a year in retrospect.


Here are the “best” excerpts of my column, “Pop Culture,” from 2011, in chronological order, with all context removed.




“I think it was thoughtful you thought of her, and thoughtless she didn’t thank you, but she probably just wasn’t thinking. It’s the thought that counts.”

He wasn’t my former colleague, as I didn’t attend Cambridge and was not alive at the time. But I’m sure he was someone’s former colleague.

People once thought the world was flat or that New Coke was deliberate reverse-psychology marketing. Some of them were even the same people.

Twitter is not yet to the level of Facebook, an enterprise so groundbreaking that it inspired a movie that failed to win Best Picture.

I never know how to properly interpret a population shift. Should I move where the action is, or stay where I am and avoid the crowds?

Sometimes the criticism is fair, sometimes it’s partly cloudy, and occasionally it’s overcast with a chance of snow squalls.

The lesson here is, there isn’t really a lesson here at all. A corollary, maybe.

Everywhere I looked, photographed food seemed to shout, “Look at me! I’m inaccurately delicious!”

I’m the TV dinner of writers.

 Since none of that actually happened, it’s no small wonder that it’s moot.

 As for “Chariots of Fire,”?I never did understand those lyrics.

 Blame the sun.

 X-ers look at demographics and ask “why?” Boomers look at them and ask, “What’s in it for me?”

 Ready or not, I’m back.

 Writing is not rocket science. It isn’t even auto mechanics.

 Why was I watching “Good Morning America?” And, when did ABC replace David Hartman as host?

 I’m old enough that I feel no connection to this Treehouse Mentality. In fact, I’ve been old enough ever since I was much younger.

 I’m sure we all remember the newsreels showing President William H. Taft driving his 1911 Corvette, towing an oversized bathtub.

 (Unpublished):?I hesitate to throw away old daily planners. You never know when you’ll need to set an appointment for May 5, 1993.

 Christmas is nearly here and gone.

Dennis Volkert is features editor at the Sturgis (Mich.) Journal. Contact him at volkert@sturgisjournal.com.