Some Favorites from 2017
These are just some lists of culture I encountered this year that I really liked and am happy to recommend to you. It’s not even all from 2017, necessarily. Back in the day, I used to create massive, well-considered lists. It was quite a joy for me. Ha! I guess I didn’t have enough to do!
Any strong recommendations from your 2017?
– Susso, Keira – Oh please, please, please listen to this record. I love it so much. (Even it is from 2016.)
– Four Tet, New Energy
– Juana Molina, Halo
– Thurston Moore, Rock n Roll Consciousness
– Jlin, Black Origami
– St. Vincent, Masseduction
– Binker & Moses, Journey To The Mountain Of Forever
– Milk Music, Mystic 100s
– Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up
– Kelly Lee Owens
Winter Reading List
Here’s a list of books I’m hoping to read before spring arrives. So between now and, say, the Ides of March. Most of these I’ve already started, actually. Maybe this shows how easily distracted I am? I just want to learn everything.
Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades – Clinton Heylin
The Four Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss
Hir – Taylor Mac
Clarice Lispector: Complete Stories
Madness, Rack, and Honey – Mary Ruefle
What We See When We Read – Peter Mendelsund
A Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Collected Frank Stanford
H is for Hawk – Helen MacDonald
Satin Island – Tom McCarthy
The Man Who Sold the World – Peter Doggett
One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway – Asne Seierstad
A Guide to the Good Life – William B. Irvine
The Sports Gene – David Epstein
The Secret History of Star Wars – Michael Kaminski
Leviathan Wakes – James S.A. Corey
Creativity, Inc. – Ed Catmull
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude – Ross Gay
Rebel Bookseller – Andrew Laties
Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS – Joby Warrick
Having listed them here, maybe I’ll be more inclined to finish them all, or at least resist starting others. I’ll check back in on March 15.
Favorite Moves of 2000-9: 10-6
17 Dylan Songs for People Who Don’t Like Bob Dylan
I know how it is, you just don’t “get” what some people like about Bob Dylan. And even if you were inclined to to try, how would you know where to start? A (virtual) trip to the iTunes store reveals 40-some albums, and that’s just counting the proper releases, never mind greatest hits, live albums and other detritus.
Allow me to make a few suggestions. [Read more…]
Favorite Movies of 2000-9: 25-11
The 2010 Oscar nominations are out and the best picture list is a joke. So, in an attempt to push those those thoughts from my mind and yours, here are some more of my favorite movies of the last 10 years.
Favorite Movies of 2000-9: 51-26
I can hardly believe I did this. I’m even trying to put them in order. Anyway, if you like this, come back as we slowly count down to my favorite movie of the past ten years. I’ll give you a hint – it’s not a Star Wars movie.
Movie Posters of the Decade
The Auteurs (a pretty great online cinema for snobs that I’d somehow never heard of before) bring us this great list of the decade’s best movie posters. Here are two of my favorites.
New Yorker 2009 Best Lists
The New Yorker is more than flush with great critical writing. Well, this is a list of lists (some are decade-spanning, too) from those wonderful writers.
I’m trying to tell you it’s a dream come true. Get over there. Click around. Get lost for a few hours.
In fact, to encourage you, here’s my list of the ten best lists from the New Yorkers Best Of lists: [Read more…]
I’m working on getting my lists back on-line. The first is my favorite albums. Go here for that if you’re so inclined.