1. James Wood’s favorite books of the year list. And Irish Times best non-fiction books of the year list. Ted Gioia discusses his music picks.
2. There are family fights at the top in Uzbekistan.
3. Some Zeitgeist-capturing words from 2013.
4. “By then the male participant found the female participant to be increasingly critical of everything he did. The situation had become intolerable by day 12.”
6. “This was a Woodstock for robots.”