Here Are the 20 Most-Read Village Voice Stories of 2011
Somewhat unbelievably, here we find ourselves on the last Friday of 2011. We hope this year has been a good one for you. As for us, well, we can't complain too much. After all, this is the post in which we get to brag a little: The most-read stories in the Voice for the year. Whee. Previous top stories include 2008's post by David Mamet, "Why I Am No Longer a Brain-Dead Liberal"; screenwriter Josh Olson's "I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script," in 2009, and last year's "Is This Woman Too Hot To Work in a Bank?" by Elizabeth Dwoskin. (Read last year's hits if you're so inclined).
But on to this year! Here are the 20 stories of 2011 that you all read the most...
#20. "Facebook Imbeciles Think Japan Tsunami is Karmic Payback for Pearl Harbor"
After a tsunami hit Japan in March, Rosie Gray noticed that SOME people on Facebook and Twitter were actually suggesting that the disaster and loss of life that ensued was "karmic retribution" for Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
As Rosie pointed out:
These small-minded jingoists are forgetting two things: 1) The U.S. actually dropped two atom bombs on Japan at the end of World War II, killing up to 150,000 people, and 2) There is no such thing as "karmic payback" when it comes to devastating natural disasters.
#19. "Top 5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows"
On the eve of the Black Eyed Peas' performance at this year's big football event, Luis Paez-Pumar gathered the absolute worst of "the dark cloud that hangs over most Super Bowls," i.e., the halftime show. New Kids on the Block appearing at the 1991 Super Bowl halftime after children sang "It's a Small World" only made it to number 2 here, which means, well, just read the list. So that we can prevent these crimes from ever happening again.
#18. "Our 10 Best Things to Eat in Manhattan's Chinatown"
Robert Sietsema was at it again, journeying far and wide to taste and then to tell us what to eat, and what to avoid at all costs. In this post he emphasized budget dining because, "Buddha knows, we need it now more than ever." Delicious and cheap? Sietsema, you are too good to us. Warning: This list will make you ravenous, a hunger helpfully tempered by the name of one dish: "Tingly Lamb Face Salad." Hm.
Pork with Lichee at Best Fuzhou.