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  • These Things I Loved in 2019 Will Change Your Life. As terribly belated as they may be. On the other hand, there is a guest blogger joining me for this post: None other than the Myles Tanzer. So, do rejoice and do enjoy. And not necessarily in that order.

    I always think I will have some new kind of introduction to this post, but how can I? The year is the year it is, and was, and so in an otherwise really not terribly great year in so many ways, as opposed to a merely not terribly great year in so many ways, such as last year or the one before that, and for so many people at that, there was still good, because there is always good. There were books, television, music, podcasts, art, comedy and movies. Though even then, it's not enough, never enough, of any of it. But we do what we can and I did what I could do. And here we are, ignoring so much of the year, if only for a moment, to look back, and share what there is, and what there was, with you, now, totally, and yes somewhat belatedly. There was work, travel, family, crafting a "These Things I loved in the 2010s Will Change Your Life" post and I'm happy to blame all of that for the delay. Well, all of that, and this, there is a guest blogger this year: none other than pop culture consumer and son extraordinaire Myles Tanzer.

    Nice, right?

    Totally.

    Ready?

    Word.

    Cultural criticism and memoirs that read like personal essays and personal essay collections that read like memoir and cultural criticism. That sing. And explore sickness, art, nostalgia, pop culture, social issues, literature, the present, past and future, and everything in between.

    Relief by Execution - A Visit to Mauthausen/Gint Aras, This Never Happened/Liz Scott, Go Ahead In The Rain/Hanif Abdurraqib, On Being Human/Jennifer Pastiloff, Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Bookmarked/Brian Evenson, So Sad Today/Melissa Broder, How To Write An Autobiographical Novel/Alexander Chee and Death Valley Superstars/Duke Haney

    A Memoir That (#humblebrag alert) I offered consultation on in its most earliest stages and now it's out in the world and I xouldn't be prouder.

    Leaving: One Woman's Story of Verbal Abuse/Marguerite Morris

    The essay collection that was my favorite read of the year and I'm not sure how I didn't know it existed before now.

    Slow Days, Fast Company - The World, The Flesh, and L.A./Eve Babitz.

    Kick-ass short story collections by kick ass writers who, you know, kick ass.

    For Other Ghosts/Donald Quist and Funhouse/Robert Vaughan,

    Books from the terrific Tortoise Books.

    Adult Teeth/Jeremy T. Wilson and Jenny in Corona/Stuart Ross

    And one more, that gets To stand alone, because, you know, Joseph G. Peterson.

    Ninety-Nine Bottles

    Books from the splendid 7.13 Books.

    Besotted/Melissa Duclos and Not Everyone is Special/Josh Denslow

    And books by the equally splendid founder of 7.13 Books.

    No Good Very Bad Asian/Leland Cheuk

    Not to mention absolutely kick-ass books that I was honored to promote and strategize around, which most definitely changed my life, all of which were releases by the quite wonderful, awesome to partner with, Green Writers Press.

    Old New Worlds/Judith Krummeck, Dancing with Langston/Sharyn Skeeter, The Coffeehouse Resistance/Sarina Prabasi, Today My Name is Billie/Neile Parisi, Victoria Falls/James Hornor, Lifeforce/Annie Rodriguez, Offline/Brian Adams, Love, Sex & Mushrooms/Cardy Raper, PhD

    Novels too. Substantive. And wonderful. By substantive and wonderful writers.

    The Heart Crossways/James Claffey, on earth we're briefly gorgeous/Ocean Vuong, The Butterfly Girl/Rene Denfeld, Black Card/Chris L. Terry

    And poetry. Never enough, really not, and so much more next year, promise (and I know, I promised that next year), but what I read, really fucking good this year.

    Blackbirds/Greg Santos

    The movies I was happy I got to see during a year where I did even better than last year, though still didn't see enough to satisfy my movie Jones.

    Good Boys, Knives Out, Britanny Runs a Marathon

    Movies I was happy I got to see because my children said it must be so, but also because Netflix definitely wanted us to.

    Always Be My Maybe

    And a movie I really enjoyed, but only went to because one of my children really loves WWE.

    Fighting with My Family

    Superhero movies good.

    Spiderman: Far from Home and Avengers: End Game

    Superhero movies that are not superhero movies, more origin stories and which I remain conflicted about in terms of quality, but the lead was pretty mesmerizing.

    Joker

    Sequels and reboots that were more than fine enough, but it doesn't matter, because the goodness is baked-in.

    Zombieland: Double Tap and John Wicke 3: Parabellum

    Well-crafted movies I really liked.

    The Irishman, Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, Ad Astra, Us

    The best crafted movies of the year that weren't quite my favorite movie of the year.

    Booksmart, Little Women, Marriage Story, The Farewell, The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The quite well-crafted movie that is probably the best movie of the year.

    Parasite

    But the movie that is ultimately, probably, my favorite.

    Uncut Gems

    Movies I still hope to see.

    Midsommar, Waves, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Queen & Slim, Dolemite is My Name, Captain Marvel, Honey Boy

    New music which I yet again listened to not much of this year, but I still listened to these. Okay, not true, I'm still really not sure what to do in this post-CD universe, or how to listen, or even how to talk about what I liked this year, but maybe I'll figure it out in 2020. Maybe.

    Music I got to listen to live, which was not enough, and I always somehow fall way short on year after year.

    Sharon Van Etten, Billy Bragg, Steve Miller Band

    Music I got to listen to live that was amazingly joyous and made me happy, jealous and elevated all at once.

    Matt & Kim

    Television shows I kept on watching, finshed watching or caught-up on, that were actually, mostly, usually very good, and got in the way of reading, thinking, getting work done and sometimes sleeping, but ultimately made me very happy.

    Stranger Things 3, GLOW, Handmaid's Tale, Westworld, Daredevil, BoJack Horseman, Black Mirror, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, I'm Sorry, Barry, Better Things, Succession

    Television shows that rebounded nicely from earlier missteps.

    True Detective

    Television shows that rebounded nicely from earlier missteps that I'm going to miss.

    Mr. Robot

    Television shows that ended, regardless of steps, mis- or otherwise, that I'm going to miss.

    Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Affair, Crashing, Jessica Jones, Punisher, Casual, Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies

    Television shows that ended, regardless of steps, mis- or otherwise, that I'm going to really miss.

    Catastrophe, Fleabag, You're The Worst, Lodge 49

    Television shows I would have continued to lovingly re-consume, again, and again, summer after summer, because my children say it must be so, and annually at that.

    Freaks and Geeks

    (Though do note, Netflix dropped Freaks and Geeks from its line-up and we we're scared and confused heading into 2019, again, first world problems, I know, and so we went with All Night. Yup.)

    Television shows I lovingly consumed, or continued to consume, because my at least one, or both, of my children said it must be so.

    Black-ish, American Housewife, The Goldbergs, Single Parents, The End of the F***ing World, Bigmouth, F is for Family

    Also, shows I tried to catch-up on and mostly did, with children, and not, and mostly, really liked.

    Insecure, Party Down, Killing Eve, The Carmichael Show, The Bodyguard, Sharp Objects

    New shows, and mostly quite good.

    Russian Doll, Sex Education, The Other Two, Dead to Me, Shrill, Watchmen

    And limited run series that were shocking in their audacity, quality, sadness and triumph.

    Chernobyl, Unbelievable, When They See Us

    Theater, none, horrible, tragic, stupid, but stand-up comedy, yes.

    Christina P, Chris D'Elia, Jen Kirkman

    Art exhibits, way too little, and less than last year, so there's that. And that's terrible.

    Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech | Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Manet and Modern Beauty | The Art Institute of Chicago

    Podcasts I still listen to again and again, if sometimes inconsistently at that.

    WTF with Marc Maron, Other People with Brad Listi, The Slate Culture Gabfest, Heavyweight, Serial

    And one-off podcasts, for now, apparently, that just mostly killed.

    To Live and Die in L.A., Running from COPS, Dolly Parton's America

    Books I just didn't quite read, or finish, by year's end. But I will. Soon. Promise.

    Hunger/Roxane Gay, Walk in the Fire/Steph Post, Coyote Songs/Gabino Iglesias, White Girls/Hilton Als, Pax Americana/Kurt Baumeister, no good for digging/dustin m. hoffman, The Man They Wanted Me To Be/Jared Yates Sexton, Friday Afternoon and other stories/T.D. Johnston

    **

    And now for my guest blogger, the Myles Tanzer, the best of the year and the decade.

    IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

    BEST OF THE YEAR

    TOP 10 FILMS

    1. Booksmart
    2. Hustlers
    3. Joker
    4. Knives Out
    5. Little Women
    6. Marriage Story
    7. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    8. Parasite
    9. Uncut Gems
    10. Us

    HONORABLE MENTIONS
    The Farewell
    Good Boys
    Jojo Rabbit
    Midsommar
    Zombieland: Double Tap

    TOP 10 TV SHOWS

    1. The Act
    2. Atypical
    3. Big Mouth
    4. Elite
    5. GLOW
    6. The Good Place
    7. On My Block
    8. The Politician
    9. Pose
    10. You

    HONORABLE MENTIONS
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    High School Musical: The Musical- The Series
    One Day at a Time
    Sex Education
    The Society

    TOP 10 ALBUMS

    1. Cuz I Love You- Lizzo
    2. Dedicated- Carly Rae Jepsen
    3. Happiness Begins- Jonas Brothers
    4. Head Above Water- Avril Lavigne
    5. Homecoming: The Live Album- Beyonce
    6. K Bye for Now (SWT Live)- Ariana Grande
    7. Lover- Taylor Swift
    8. Six- Cast Recording
    9. Thank U, Next- Ariana Grande
    10. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?- Billie Ellish

    HONORABLE MENTIONS
    Fine Line- Harry Styles
    Hot Pink- Doja Cat
    K-12- Melanie Martinez
    No.6 Collaborations- Ed Sheeran
    SHE IS COMING- Miley Cyrus

    BEST OF THE DECADE

    TOP 25 FILMS

    1. A Star Is Born (2018)
    2. Blockers (2018)
    3. Booksmart (2019)
    4. Bridesmaids (2011)
    5. Brooklyn (2015)
    6. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
    7. Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
    8. Flower (2017)
    9. Frozen (2013)
    10. Girls Trip (2017)
    11. Hidden Figures (2016)
    12. Hunger Games Series(2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015)
    13. I, Tonya (2017)
    14. Ingrid Goes West (2017)
    15. Inside Out (2015)
    16. Into the Woods (2014)
    17. Knives Out (2019)
    18. Little Women (2019)
    19. Parasite (2019)
    20. Pitch Perfect Series (2012, 2015, and 2017)
    21. Searching (2018)
    22. Selma (2014)
    23. The Help (2011)
    24. Wreck It Ralph (2012)
    25. Zootopia (2016)

    TOP 25 TV SHOWS

    1. The Act
    2. American Horror Story
    3. Atypical
    4. Big Mouth
    5. Black Mirror
    6. Bob’s Burgers
    7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    8. Degrassi
    9. Elite
    10. Glee
    11. GLOW
    12. The Goldbergs
    13. The Good Place
    14. Grown-ish
    15. The Office
    16. On My Block
    17. One Day at a Time
    18. Parks and Rec
    19. The Politician
    20. Pose
    21. Pretty Little Liars
    22. Raising Hope
    23. Superstore
    24. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    25. You

    *COMPETITION SHOWS: Amazing Race, America’s Got Talent, Face Off, Glow Up, Next Food Network Star, Skin Wars, and Top Chef*
    *REALITY SHOWS: 19 Kids and Counting, Cake Boss, Dance Moms, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians*
    *OCEANIA SHOWS: Back with the Ex, Dance Academy, H2o: Just Add Water, Little Lunch, and Yummy Mummies*

    TOP 25 ALBUMS

    1. 1989- Taylor Swift (2014)
    2. 21- Adele (2011)
    3. 8 Letters- Why Don’t We (2018)
    4. A Star Is Born- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (2018)
    5. Cry Baby- Melanie Martinez (2015)
    6. Cuz I Love You- Lizzo (2019)
    7. Dedicated- Carly Rae Jepsen (2019)
    8. Electric Light- James Bay (2018)
    9. Ella Mai- Ella Mai (2018)
    10. Expectations- Hayley Kiyoko (2018)
    11. Glory Days- Little Mix (2017)
    12. Golden Hour- Kacey Musgraves (2018)
    13. Happiness Begins- Jonas Brothers (2019)
    14. Lemonade- Beyonce (2016)
    15. Lover- Taylor Swift (2019)
    16. Nation of Two- Vance Joy (2018)
    17. Phoenix- Rita Ora (2018)
    18. Prism- Katy Perry (2013)
    19. Rainbow- Kesha (2017)
    20. Sweetener- Ariana Grande (2018)
    21. Teenage Dream- Katy Perry (2010)
    22. Tell Me You Love Me- Demi Lovato (2017)
    23. Thank U, Next- Ariana Grande (2019)
    24. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?- Billie Eilish (2019)
    25. Youngblood- 5 Seconds of Summer (2018)

    **

    Most finally, there are many people to thank for making this a good year or just rule in general) in spite of all that has been going on and feels like still will be. And I'm most definitely overlooking some, a lot maybe, and I apologize for that, but there you go.

    Matt Rowan, Jacob S. Knabb, Jason Behrends, Jason Pettus, Moeses Soulright, Ryan W. Bradley, Steve Lafler, Lavinia Ludlow, Rob Funderburk, Greg Olear, John Barrios, Joseph G. Peterson, Michael Seidlinger, Gabino Iglesias, Adam Lawrence, Dave McNamara, Mike Smolarek, Beth Gilstrap, Duncan MacKenzie, Andrew Keating, Matty Byloos, Brad Listi, Michael Czyzniejewski, Ken Wohlrob, Myles and Noah Tanzer, Leza Cantoral, David Masciotra, Clayton Smith, Bryanna Tartt, Mel Bosworth, Paul Cohen, Todd Summar, Eric Vaubel, Megan Stielstra, Hosho McCreesh, W. Todd Kaneko, Jim Warner, Mathieu Cailler, David S. Atkinson, Debbie Pritzker, BL Pawelek, James Yates, Kristin Fouquet, Clayton Smith, Seth Berg, Maggie Manoyan, Amber Sparks, Mike McClelland, Lori Jakiela, Robert Vaughan, Michael Gillan Maxwell, Meg Tuite, Robert Duffer, Brian Alan Ellis, Keir Graff, Emma Irving, Joanna Topor MacKenzie, Jeff Linkenback, Anthony Michael Morena, Brad Wolff, Bob Hartley, Joanna Shroeder, Johnny Misfit, Greg Gerding, Victor David Giron, The Book Cellar, Gretchen Kalwinski, Michael Paige Glover, Jennifer Banash, City Lit Books, Marilyn Atlas, Matt Fitzpatrick, Art Edwards, Judith Tanzer, Kimberly Ann Southwick, Erika T. Wurth, Leesa Cross-Smith, Brian Gresko, Garret Schuelke, Shaindel Beers, Chris L. Terry, Kara Vernor, Adam Tanzer, Patricia Ann McNair, Sean Beaudoin, Sean H. Doyle, Ken Sherman, John Reed, Jerry Brennan, Serena Makofsky, Callie Nelson, Lauren Becker, Marisa Siegel, Brad Listi, Robert James Russell, Melissa Duclos, Brian Gresko, Lori Hettler, Sharyn Skeeter, Tobias Carroll, Christian Winn, Charita Cole Brown, Spencer Dew, Glen Binger, Neile Parisi, Steve Karas, Aubrey Cox Warner, Sarina Prabasi, Barry Graham, Jennifer Steele, Wendy C. Ortiz, Dave Newman, Jeremy T. Wilson, Steve Eisner, Donald Quist, Christine Maul Rice, D. Foy, Ben Drevlow, JH Palmer, Cari Luna, Amber Griffin, Elaine Soloway, Duke Haney, Dede Cummings, Rachel Slotnick, Judith Krummeck, Behn Reza, Alex Rhodes, Largehearted Boy, Cyn Vargas, Greg Santos, Allison Joseph, Alan Heathcock, Tony Brunelli, Keith Lesmeister, Sara Lippmann, Mikaela Shea Fowler, Ariel Rudolph, Giano Cromley, Zoe Zolbrod, Kali VanBaale, Tom Williams, Jennifer Pastiloff, Joshua Mohr, Amy Danzer, Patrick Wensink, Nicholas Barron, Stuart Ross, Alice Kaltman, Paul Cohen, Susan Messing, James Hornor, Rick Kogan, Amy Guth, Khloe Karova, Andie Lorch, Jeff Pfaller, Shaindel Beers, Christine Eberle, Volumes Bookcafe, Susan Messing, Leland Cheuk, Rebecca George, Robert James Russell, Donald G. Evans, Davis Schneiderman, Ray Charbonneau, Sam Slaughter, Gina Frangello, Steph Post, Rachel Hyman, Nick Ostdick, Len Kuntz, Pete Anderson, Terry Hiner, Alicia Del Real, Pam Hoadley, the Tomaloff's, Paula Bomer, Brandon Will, Melissa Faliveno, J. Bradley, Jason Fisk, Gint Aras, Yogi Roth, Eric Spitznagle, Beth Gilstrap, Ryan Ridge, Lisa Fay Coutley, Jeffrey Pfaller, Lee L. Krecklow, Keidra Chaney, Christopher Bowen, Liz Mason, Chris Tarry, David Olimpio, Jessica Kashiwabara, Micah Philbrook, Christoph Paul, Ines Bellina

  • These Things I Loved in 2018 Will Change Your Life. As terribly belated and much re-branded as they are.

    I always think I will have some new kind of introduction to this post and in a way, how can I, the year is the year it is, and was, and so in an otherwise really not terribly great year in so many ways, as opposed to a merely not terribly great year in so many ways, such as last year, and for so many people at that, there was still good, because there is always good, and there were books, and television, music, podcasts, art and movies. Though not enough, never enough, of any of it. But we do what we can, I and I did what I could do, and here we are, ignoring so much of the year, if only for a moment, to look back, and share what there is, and what there was, with you, now, totally, and yes belatedly, work, travel, family, I'm happy to blame all of it for that.

    Well that, and my decision to move this post from this This Blog Will Change Your Life to this site, it means something, I'm working through it, change, whatever, inevitable, and necessary, and all that. Anyway, more soon, and on to it, now thank you.

    Cultural criticism and memoirs that read like personal essays and personal essay collections that read like memoir and cultural criticism. That sing. And explore sickness, art, nostalgia, pop culture, social issues, the present, past and future, and everything in between.

    They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us/Hanif Abdurraqib, A Woman Is a Woman Until She Is a Mother/Anna Prushinskaya, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life/William Finnegan, The First Collection Of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic/Jessica Hopper, Defying The Verdict/Charita Cole Brown.

    Kick-ass short story collections by kick ass writers who, you know, kick ass.

    Perfect Conditions/Vanessa Blakeslee, Scoundrels Among Us/Darrin Doyle, An Off-White Christmas/Donald G. Evans

    And the kick-ass short story collection that I could not wait to get my hands on most because it was by Pete Anderson, and well, you know, it's the Pete Anderson.

    Where The Marshland Came to Flower

    Not to mention absolutely kick-ass books that I was honored to promote and strategize around, which most definitely changed my life, many of which, but not all of which were releases by the quite wonderful, awesome to partner with, and future forward Green Writers Press

    Aesop Lake/Sarah Ward, The Full Vermonty/Bill Mares & Jeff Danziger, Chinese Gucci/Hosho McCreesh, Coming of Age/Madeleine Kunin, Darling Girl/Terry Hiner, Finding God/Christine Eberle, A Bouquet of Daisies/Megan Alice, Dirty Rubles/Greg Olear, Crosshairs/Matt Fitzpatrick

    Novels too. Substantive. And wonderful. By substantive and wonderful writers.

    The Place You're Supposed To Laugh/Jenn Stroud Rossmann

    Well, okay, that was one substantive and wonderful novel by a substantive and wonderful writer, because the other one I read deserves its own thing, because you know, Leesa Cross-Smith.

    Whiskey & Ribbons

    And poetry. Never enough, really not, and so much more next year, promise, but still really fucking good this year.

    the slaughterhouse poems/dave newman and May I Have This Dance?/Mathieu Cailler

    The movies I was happy I got to see during a year where I did even better than last year, though still didn't see enough to satisfy my movie Jones.

    Private Life, The Wife, Widows, Green Book, You Were Never Really Here, Vice, Crazy Rich Asians

    Movies I was happy I got to see because my children said it must be so, but also because Netflix definitely wanted us to.

    The Set-Up and To All The Boys I've Loved Before

    Movies I am happy I got to see because my older child wanted me to and since he's now older and has much better taste. And because we both now love Zoe Deutch.

    Flower

    Movies I am quite happy I got to see because my older child wanted me to, but I watched without him. And cried at the end.

    A Star is Born

    Superhero movies decent.

    Ant Man & Wasp and Avengers: Infinity War

    Superhero movies awesome. And unprecedented really.

    Black Panther

    Sequels and reboots that were fine enough, but not quite fine enough. Okay, maybe there was only one, and maybe I'm suddenly really old? Fuck.

    Mission: Impossible - 6

    Coen Brothers movies that felt like misfires (no pun intended, they would hate that).

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


    The only documentaries I watched, and which jammed, but which is far from enough, and so lame I am.

    Won't You Be My Neighbor? and Minding the Gap

    Documentaries that I am sure jammed and must see post-haste.

    RGB and Free Solo

    The best crafted movies of the year that weren't quite my favorite movie of the year.

    Leave No Trace, Eighth Grade, Roma, The Tale, Sorry to Bother You 

    And a well-crafted movie that just might be my favorite movie of the year.

    Shoplifters



    Movies I still hope to see.

    The Favourite, If Beale Street Could Talk, Beautiful Boy, First Reformed, First Man, BlacKKKlansman, The Rider

    New music which I yet again listened to not much of this year, but I still listened to these.

    Okay, not true, I'm really not sure what to do in this post-CD universe, or how to listen, or even how to talk about what I liked this year, but maybe I'll figure it out in 2019. Maybe.

    Music I got to listen to live, which was not enough, and I always somehow fall way short on year after year.

    Jeff Tweedy, Courtney Barnett, Ike Reilly

    (But no The Hold Steady, which was at least partially due to a street fair becoming so overwhelmed with guests they closed the gates, which cost me the chance to see a show of theirs, plus The Drive-By Truckers, all true, sad and yes, first world problems)



    Television shows I kept on watching, or finshed watching, that were actually, mostly, usually good, and got in the way of reading, thinking, getting work done and sometimes sleeping, but ultimately made us very happy.

    Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, The Affair, Stranger Things, Jessica Jones, Silicon Valley, Mr. Robot, GLOW, The Handmaid's Tale, Westworld, American Vandal, Crashing, Santa Clarita Diet, Bojack Horseman, Search Party, Luke Cage, Baskets, Broadchurch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Atlanta, Ozark, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Television shows I continue to lovingly re-consume, again, and again, summer after summer, because my children say it must be so, and annually at that.

    Freaks and Geeks

    (Though do note, that Netflix has dropped Freaks and Geeks from its line-up and we are scared and confused heading into 2019, again, first world problems, I know)

    Television shows I lovingly consumed, or continued to consume, because my younger son said it must be so.

    Black-ish, American Housewife, The Goldbergs

    One new show the younger and older son added to the family mix.

    Single Parents

    And a show made possible by Netflix and children, that was not so bad and really kind of addictive.

    All Night

    Also, shows I tried to catch-up on and mostly did and really liked.

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, She's Gotta Have It, Dear White People, Bigmouth, F is for Family, The Crown



    Theater, too little, and way too far between.

    The Buddy Holly Story, Beautiful, We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time, Blue Man Group (redux)

    Art exhibits, also definitely way too little, though more than last year, and in more cities. Also, what I did see, did indeed leave me joyous.

    Charles White: A Retrospective & Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts/MoMA NYC, René Magritte: The Fifth Season/SFMoMA, Hairy Who?/Art Institute Chicago, Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural/The Chicago Cultural Center



    Television shows I continued to that no one else seems to watch.

    You're The Worst, Casual, Love

    The television show that is all of the above, and will be terribly missed.

    The Americans

    Some absolutely new shows I dug.

    Succession, Barry, The End of The Fucking World

    (There seems like their must be even more, but I don't recall them)

    And the show and podcast I didn't think I wanted to watch, or listen to, but enjoyed, both, a lot.

    Homecoming

    Podcasts I still listen to again and again, if sometimes inconsistently at that.

    WTF with Marc Maron, Other People, The Slate Culture Gabfest, Heavyweight

    And one-off podcasts, for now, apparently, that just mostly killed.

    Steve McNair: Fall of a Titan and Making Obama



    Books I just didn't quite read, or finish, by year's end. But I will. Soon. Promise.

    Walk in the Fire/Steph Post, Funhouse/Robert Vaughan, Coyote Songs/Gabino Iglesias, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel/Alexander Chee, White Girls/Hilton Als, For Other Ghosts/Donald Quist, Slow Days, Fast Company - The World, The Flesh, And L.A./Eve Babitz



    Most finally, there are many people to thank for making this a good year or just rule in general) in spite of all that has been going on and feels like still will be. And I am most definitely overlooking some, a lot maybe, and I apologize for that, but there you go.

    Matt Rowan, Jacob S. Knabb, Dave Housley, Jason Behrends, Anna March, Victor David Giron, Jason Pettus, Moeses Soulright, Ryan W. Bradley, Steve Lafler, Lavinia Ludlow, Rob Funderburk, Greg Olear, John Barrios, Joseph G. Peterson, Michael Seidlinger, Gabino Iglesias, Adam Lawrence, Dave McNamara, Mike Smolarek, Beth Gilstrap, Duncan MacKenzie, Andrew Keating, Matty Byloos, Brad Listi, Michael Czyzniejewski, Ken Wohlrob, Myles and Noah Tanzer, Leza Cantoral, David Masciotra, Clayton Smith, Bryanna Tartt, Mel Bosworth, Paul Cohen, Todd Summar, Eric Vaubel, Megan Stielstra, Hosho McCreesh, W. Todd Kaneko, Jim Warner, Mathieu Cailler, David S. Atkinson, Debbie Pritzker, BL Pawelek, James Yates, Kristin Fouquet, Citizen Lit, Clayton Smith, Seth Berg, Maggie Manoyan, Amber Sparks, Mike McClelland, Lori Jakiela, Robert Vaughan, Michael Gillan Maxwell, Meg Tuite, Robert Duffer, Brian Alan Ellis, Jen Epstein, Keir Graff, Emma Irving, Joanna Topor MacKenzie, Jeff Linkenback, Anthony Michael Morena, Brad Wolff, Bob Hartley, Joanna Shroeder, Johnny Misfit, Jennifer Parker, The Book Cellar, Gretchen Kalwinski, Michael Paige Glover, Jennifer Banash, City Lit Books, Marilyn Atlas, Matt Fitzpatrick, Art Edwards, Judith Tanzer, Kimberly Ann Southwick, Erika T. Wurth, Leesa Cross-Smith, Brian Gresko, Garret Schuelke, Shaindel Beers, Chris L. Terry, Kara Vernor, Adam Tanzer, Patricia Ann McNair, Sean Beaudoin, Sean H. Doyle, John Reed, Jerry Brennan, Serena Makofsky, Callie Nelson, Lauren Becker, Marisa Siegel, Robert James Russell, Brian Gresko, Lori Hettler, Christian Winn, Charita Cole Brown, Spencer Dew, Glen Binger, Carlos "Dzine" Rolon, Steve Karas, Aubrey Cox, Sarina Prabasi, Barry Graham, Bud Smith, Jennifer Steele, Wendy C. Ortiz, Dave Newman, Steve Eisner, Donald Quist, Christine Rice, D. Foy, Ben Drevlow, JH Palmer, Cari Luna, Elaine Soloway, Dede Cummings, Steve Luna, Rachel Slotnick, Behn Reza, The Mooney's, Cyn Vargas, Allison Joseph, Keith Lesmeister, Sara Lippmann, Mikaela Shea Fowler, Bud Smith, Ariel Rudolph, Giano Cromley, Zoe Zolbrod, Kali VanBaale, Tom Williams, Jennifer Pastiloff, Joshua Mohr, Amy Danzer, Patrick Wensink, Sarah Ward, Nicholas Barron, Alice Kaltman, Paul Cohen, Susan Messing, James Hornor, Rick Kogan, Amy Guth, Jeff Pfaller, Shaindel Beers, Christine Eberle, Volumes Bookcafe, Leland Cheuk, Rebecca George, Robert James Russell, Donald G. Evans, Davis Schneiderman, Ray Charbonneau, Sam Slaughter, Gina Frangello, Steph Post, Rachel Hyman, Nick Ostdick, John Tribble, Len Kuntz, Pete Anderson, Terry Hiner, Pam Hoadley, the Tomaloff's, Paula Bomer, Brandon Will, Melissa Faliveno, J. Bradley, Jason Fisk, Gint Aras, Yogi Roth, Eric Spitznagle, Beth Gilstrap, Ryan Ridge, Lisa Fay Coutley, Jeffrey Pfaller, Dane Bahr, Lee L. Krecklow, Keidra Chaney, Rob Funderburk, Christopher Bowen, Liz Mason, Chris Tarry, Leah Angstman, David Olimpio, Jessica Kashiwabara, Micah Philbrook