Heroes of 2010 — Beach House

Heroes of 2010 — MGMT

Heroes of 2010 — Bill Murray

Sure, Bill Murray didn’t make a movie this year (not a big one anyway), and sure, he’s a hero any year, but we loved his interview with GQ this summer. From the interview–

Okay. Well, how about Garfield? Can you explain that to me? Did you just do it for the dough?

No! I didn’t make that for the dough! Well, not completely. I thought it would be kind of fun, because doing a voice is challenging, and I’d never done that. Plus, I looked at the script, and it said, “So-and-so and Joel Coen.” And I thought: Christ, well, I love those Coens! They’re funny. So I sorta read a few pages of it and thought, Yeah, I’d like to do that. I had these agents at the time, and I said, “What do they give you to do one of these things?” And they said, “Oh, they give you $50,000.” So I said, “Okay, well, I don’t even leave the fuckin’ driveway for that kind of money.”

Bill Murray also did this in 2010–

Heroes of 2010 — David Mitchell

Heroes of 2010 — Neko Case

Heroes of 2010 — John Stewart

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Heroes of 2010 — Janelle Monáe

Heroes of 2010 — Kanye West

Heroes of 2010 — Leslie Nielsen

Heroes of 2010 — Ron Paul

Heroes of 2010 — Bernie Sanders

Heroes of 2010 — Yung Humma, Flossy Flynt, and Whatchyamacallit

Heroes of 2010 — PS22 Chorus

Heroes of 2010 — Dan Savage

Saucy sex advice sage Dan Savage said, when Obama made an “It Gets Better” vid

“The president of the United States has the power to do more than assure LGBT kids that it will get better,” Mr. Savage said. “The president of the United States and his administration have the power to make it better.”

Heroes of 2010 — El Guincho

El Guincho’s video for “Bombay” is heroically and emphatically NSFW

Heroes of 2010 — Those Guys Who Stole Jonathan Franzen’s Glasses

On October 4th of this year, right in the midst of Franzen-mania (and Franzenfreude), two ballsy Londoners jacked Jonathan Franzen’s signature spectacles during a Hyde Park bookstore launch party for Freedom. They left a ransom note asking for $100,000, but were eventually caught, and the glasses were returned. Now, if only someone could do him a favor and steal his silly leather jacket because, jeez, c’mon.

Heroes of 2010 — Louis CK

We always knew that comedian Louis CK was funny, insightful, and daring, but his new show Louie was a revelation, a masterful blend of humor and pathos. Louie eschewed traditional storytelling arcs in favor of vignettes that examined — often quite painfully — some of the harshest realities that comedy traditionally glosses over. The following clip is especially memorable, as a heated but humorous discussion at a poker game tips over into a stunning riff on the etymology of the word “faggot.”

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