Calendars are one of the most efficient methods of time keep, right behind planting sacrificial trees to harvest their ring counts and waiting for the town crier to measure his beard. Stockpile a year of accurate and alluring dates with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get The Economist 2011 wall calendar: An Illustrated Look at the Year Ahead (an $18.98 value). This deal includes the cost of shipping and handling.
The 12” x 10” wall gem is more than the keeper of 365 dates, it’s an insightful analysis of diverse global issues, people, and holidays embodied in artistic, hand-drawn collages that seamlessly interrelate. The cartoon-centric calendar is the devious brainchild of Kevin Kallaugher, The Economist's editorial cartoonist known as "KAL”, who has dazzled readers with satirical doodles since 1978. A preview of the calendar cover includes a symphonic montage of Obama holding up an issue of The Economist alongside a puzzled Albert Einstein, Bob Marley jamming out on the six string, Castro puffing a Cuban cigar, Lady Liberty reading, and Shakespeare tightly grasping a cast list and megaphone. Whether you want to brighten the day of an intellectually curious co-worker or you’re a perennial forgetter of “Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day”, The Economist 2011 wall calendar is a brilliant, hilarious almanac of ocular opulence.
The Economist's globe-spanning scope, comprehensive analysis, and unflinching grasp on world issues make it required reading to stay up to date on world news, politics, and business. First published in 1843, the publication still casts itself as a newspaper despite its magazine-style layout; each issue covers the main events of the week, with analysis and opinion sprinkled across its pages for good measure. A conversational tone and anonymity remain calling cards of The Economist's writers, keeping with the belief that what is written is more important than who writes it.