From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on The Lives They Lived: This year brought the deaths of many giants of politics and culture, but here we present some of the lesser-known lives. Twilight of the greats: This year saw the death of so many big names, perhaps it saw the end of greatness, too — where do we go from here to find the artists that matter? Here's a list of the 50 most loathsome people in America, 2007. Dave Barry reviews An Inconvenient Year: It was a year that strode boldly into the stall of human events and took a wide stance astride the porcelain bowl of history. The new, new things of 2007: Apple is the new NASA, Iran is the new Iraq, beer is the new water, and water is the new oil. From Business Week, a special report on the best & worst products, peoples and trends 2007. Here are seven things we should pretend never happened in 2007. The new year may bring a recession and stagnating house prices — Harvard's "professor of happiness" Tal Ben-Shahar suggests four ways to lift your spirits in 2008.

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