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When it comes to New Year’s — bogged down with all its requisite parties and resolutions — I’ve always subscribed to one of my favorite literary cynics, Oscar Wilde, who insisted, “Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”

I’ve never been much of a New Year’s person. And I know it’s not any less arbitrary than any other holiday on my Pirelli calendar (kidding), but it’s always felt a bit more contrived, a little less meaningful, than most. Besides, one of the worst dates I can remember was a New Year’s Eve disaster.

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