Not to be reproduced: New Year’s open thread

Rene Magritte, La Reproduction Interdit / Not to be Reproduced (1937)

On January 1, 2011, I was lucky enough to wake up in the home of dear friends, with whom I had joyfully celebrated the night before (at a party complete with bicoastal buddies, disco dancing, and a “gorgeous gateau”). As we eased into the morning, thoughts turned to the future. One of us proposed the following questions for discussion:

1. What do you want to draw towards you in the coming year?

2. What do you want to let go?

To these, I’d add:
3. What insight/realization have you had in the past year that you want to share?

So let’s hear it, Whatsiters. Tell us what you’ve learned recently, and how things will be different in 2011.

17 responses to “Not to be reproduced: New Year’s open thread”

  1. ScottyGee says:

    Hot: The present
    Not: The future

    Hot: Responsible preparation
    Not: Obsessing

    Hot: Open expressions of platonic love
    Not: Open expressions of romantic love

    Hot: Creative expression
    Not: Self indulgence

    Hot: Me stopping now
    Not: Me continuing to comment

  2. lane says:

    oh shit, sorry about that other comment!

    yeah us!

  3. lane says:

    “Hot: Open expressions of platonic love
    Not: Open expressions of romantic love”


    hot: cool
    not: hot

    . . . ? . . . ?

    ? go on scotty, . . . say what u mean.

  4. lane says:


    2011 . . .

    no more obfusicating?

    oh, no wait, that’s part of my job! . . . oh well, back to work!

  5. Rachel says:

    OK, so no one is prepared to be as mushy or sincere as me on the morning of Jan. 1. That’s cool. As long as I can get some of that platonic Scotty love later this week (openly expressed, of course). Plus sushi.

  6. LP says:

    Hot: honeymooning in Mexico
    Not: spending more than 1 minute online during honeymoon to post comments on TGW

    Rachel, it was so lovely to see you. Happy new year to all the Whatsiterati, and we look forward to more of youse in 2011. xoxoxoxoxo etc.

  7. Looks like 2011 is going to be kicking off strong with me giving notice…

  8. A White Bear says:

    I like to start off every new year with a reading of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. If you’d like to play along, it’s like psych-up jams for the soul:

  9. A White Bear says:

    (I am not a Satanist, but it’s a good cure for overthinkingism. Have I mentioned that I have an interview in two days that I’ve been looking forward to for eight years?)

  10. Rachel says:

    AWB, congratulations! We should talk. I am available for psych up / decompression cocktail / whatevah.

  11. Dave says:

    2011 is about cooking things in my new Dutch oven. Lentil soup tonight.

  12. lane says:

    AWB, always looking for those cures! It’s so nice having gotten to know you, and now that u are in far away bushwick, i hope your committment to TGW grows even stronger . . .

  13. Mr. Smearcase says:

    2011, hm. Some friends I sometimes Thanksgive with have a Thanksgiving ritual that seems more appropriate to New Year’s: we go out to the reservoir near their house and DA lights some leaves in an iron cauldron thingy and you write something you want to be done with in the next year and burn it. Last time I Thanksgave, I burned “self doubt.” This year for some reason I just wrote “doubt.”

    Also I would like to lose 15 pounds.

  14. Rachel says:

    Mr. Smearcase, I have no doubt that the new year will bring good things for you. p.s. you are perfect already, obvs. You are Smearcase!

  15. Rachel says:

    Unless that was sarcasm. (So hard to tell with Monsieur S.)

  16. PB says:

    2011 goals:
    Not being too late to comment threads.
    And seeing more of a certain beautiful craftsman house with certain beautiful people in a certain beautiful state just north of here.