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  • These Things I loved in the 2010s Will Change Your Life.

    It would seem that I have the dubious distinction of blogging for so long about things that will change your life, as they have mine, always, that I'm onto my second decade-ending list. At the time of the end of the last decade I wrote the following: 

    "Are we jumping on the decade-ending bandwagon? Way. Still, when your goal is to change lives, its not always clear how you're going to accomplish this. So, as we began prepare our year-end Top Ten lists we started thinking about the last decade as well and like everybody else we thought we would weigh-in on what we liked and/or influenced us and/or brought us joy. Over this week we are going to hit books, movies, television and music. And then next week, or shortly thereafter, we will begin rolling-out our year-end lists. Cool? Great."

    Can I write same and get away with that? 

    Which is not to say it's all the same as it ever was. When I wrote that last set of decade-ending lists I was still at the beginning of something. A ten-year period where I was getting started at all this, whatever this is is, blogging, influencing, promoting, sharing, podcasting, writing, especially writing, and still trying to find my way. 

    I still am.

    But that's not going to change, I will always want to produce, consume, hype and fanboy more than I am. And there will always be new things to produce, consume, hype and fanboy about. So, today, this, is another sort of beginning, the end of something, a decade anyway, with another to come, and then, God-willing, another one after that, and so on and so forth.

    I will not be running separate lists this week though, one decade-ending post seems fine, though I will run a year-end list as well in a couple of days. I am also sharing groups of my Top-Ten favorites over the decade, but not ranking or rating or anything like that. Nor am I doing a straight forward music list per se, records anyway, because I'm no longer sure how to listen to albums (is that even a word) in their entirety anymore. 

    But we'll see what happens, yes? 

    Yes. 

    Onward.

    These Top Ten Books of the Decade Will Change Your Life.

    Bones Buried in the Dirt by David S. Atkinson (2013)

    David S. Atkinson has gone on to write many fine, weird, wonderful books, but nothing (or many books period) has quite affected me like the stories in this one. All awakening, coming of age and pain. Indelible.

    Every Kiss a War by Leesa Cross-Smith (2014)

    What a beautiful introduction to a beautiful writer whose words glow and who makes sexy just so, you know, sexy. 

    Excavation: A Memoir by Wendy C. Ortiz (2014)

    I read it in a fever dream and fugue state, really, I was crazy sick, but I can't imagine how else one can experience this book as it takes you in its twisty grip and never lets go. 

    Just Kids by Patti Smith (2010)

    Art, making it, eating it, searching for it, and at all and any costs. Beautiful and nicely, oddly, touchingly matched by Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (2015).

    MEATY by Samantha Irby (2013)

    As glorious a debut as you will find. Like a rocket ship, a fucked, funny, fantastic rocket ship.

    Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children by Dave Newman (2012)

    As absorbing and in touch with everyday life, the struggles and quotidian moments, as any book one could hope to read.

    The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna (2013)

    The boldest, most lived-in book I read, soaring and detailed. A triumph.

    The Sarah Book by Scott McClanahan (2015)

    This could have been just as easily been Crapalachia (2015) or Stories V! (2011), because Scott is fact and fiction and fiction and fact and a blur of boundaries and stories that feel so real and visceral you can taste them.

    They Can't Kill Us Until The Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib (2017)

    Is there anyone who does pop culture, race, personal stories and political commentary better? No, really, please let me know, because I can't imagine who that would be.

    We The Animals by Justin Torres (2011)

    Of all the books here, this is the only one I truly stumbled into. How I didn't know it existed before I found it is quite beyond me, but it is tender and real time, a gut punch of the highest order.

    The rest (and there are certainly others I loved, and represented, or blurbed, all good, but this makes for fifty books in total this past decade, a good number, with these in no particular order at all): The Fugue by Gint Aras (2015), Belief Is It's Own Kind of Truth by Lori Jakiela (2015), Wheatyard by Pete Anderson(2013), Code for Failure by Ryan W. Bradley (2012), Addicts & Basements by Robert Vaughan (2014), Gay Zoo Day by Mike McClelland (2017), Gideon's Confession by Joseph G. Peterson (2014), The Damnation of Memory by Mark S. Brand (2012), Swarm Theory by Christine Maul Rice (2016), Volt by Alan Heathcock (2011), The Expanse Between by Lee Krecklow (2017), The Mimic's Own Voice by Tom Williams (2011), Salt Creek Anthology by Jason Fisk (2012), On the Way by Cyn Vargas (2015), Patricide by D. Foy (2016), Kinda Sorta America Dream by Steve Karas (2015), The Telling by Zoe Zolbrod (2016), Zero Fade by Chris L. Terry (2013), Aviary by Seth Berg (2017), Once I Was Cool by Megan Stielstra (2014), What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Boomarked by Brian Evenson (2018), Staggerwing by Alice Kaltman (2016), No Good Very Bad Asian by Leland Cheuk (2019), Barack Obama: Invisible Man by David Masciotra (2017), Broken Piano for President by Patrick Wensink (2012), Harbors by Donald Quist (2016), The Temple of Air by Patricia McNair (2011), Doll Palace by Sarah Lippmann (2014), The Dead Wrestler Elegies by Todd W. Kaneko (2014), The Place You're Supposed To Laugh by Jenn Stroud Rossmann (2018), What We Build Upon the Ruins by Giano Cromley (2017), A Tree Born Crooked by Steph Post (2014), Mesilla by Robert James Russell (2015), Hustle by David Tomas Martinez (2014), A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst by Hosho McCreesh (2013), Zero Saints by Gabino Iglesias (2015), The Voyager Record: A Transmission by Anthony Michael Morena (2016), DEBT by Christopher Bowen (2017), ENJoy: Stories by the Sea by Glen Binger (2017).  

    These Top Ten Movies of the Decade Will Change Your Life.

    Boyhood (2014)

    This could be Before Midnight (2013), it could be a lot of things, which is just to say, that Linklater makes movies like I try to write, raw, real, happening now and evolving over time.

    The Florida Project (2017)

    Such a lovely, lively, sad movie, and full of the kind of live-wire energy found in few movies except maybe the director's most excellent previous movie Tangerine (2015).  

    Fruitvale Station (2013)

    If this isn't quite the beginning of Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan's world domination, it's a stunningly crafted piece of work. Devastating.  

    Logan (2017)

    So many superhero movies I know, and so many good ones (and yes, maybe too many, for many), but so crushing this one, and literate, and everything I might have wanted as a kid, but didn't know I could ask for.

    Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

    My favorite movie all decade. Raw and slamming and so much fun.

    Minding The Gap (2018)

    Race and class and poverty and abuse, but just terrific, which seems like the wrong word, but isn't.

    Moonlight (2016)

    Nothing more beautiful all decade.

    O.J.: Made in America (2016)

    The most audacious work of recent memory as it takes on the full sweep of race and violence in Los Angeles and America. Not pretty. But impossible not to watch.

    Shoplifters (2018)

    We loved this so much, I'm not even sure I can pinpoint why. I just know it was engaging and full of joy and tension and mystery. Bravo.

    Winter's Bone (2010)

    The young J Law alone makes this worth watching. That it's so riveting and scary and a picture into a world of poverty and violence so few of us witness makes it a stunner. Which isn't to overlook the director's other movie this decade, Leave No Trace (2018), no less riveting, and full of ache.  

    The rest (and again, in no particular order): A Separation, Wonder Woman, Black Panther, The Immigrant, Whiplash, Get Out, Green Room, Drive, 12 Years a Slave, The Kids Are All Right, Selma, Straight Outta Compton, Lincoln, Girls Trip, Parasite, Captain Fantastic, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Spring Breakers, Hell or High Water, Booksmart, Mud, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Marriage Story, Bridesmaids, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Inception, Slo-West, A Life in Walk, Inside Out, Ingrid Goes West, Deadpool.

    These Top Ten Television Shows of the Decade Will Change Your Life.

    The Americans

    A spy story, which is really a story about marriage, hopes, dreams, communication, all of it.

    Atlanta

    Striving, succcess, failure and trying to be the person you think you can be. Also weed, race, rap and magical realism. Nothing like it.

    Better Things

    I hate to use a word like real, or refer to the greatness, abrasiveness and warmth of this show as a salve of Louis CK's ongoing horribleness, but it is that, and I love it.

    BoJack Horseman

    So fucking weird, funny, surreal, and the most incisive exploration of mental illness, substance abuse, family in all its fucked-upedness, and celebrity, happening anywhere in any fashion.  

    Catastrophe

    Is it the dialogue, timing, the messed-up chemistry, or the desire to make the unworkable work? I don't know, but other stabs at relationship and all the madness inherent therein pale in comparison. 

    Game of Thrones

    It could have not made the list, but it was too big, too brash, and almost completely engaging to the very end.

    The Leftovers

    Dude, what despair looks like, which I mean in the best way. 

    Rectify

    An elegiac and beautiful rumination on truth and grace and what it means to be free.

    Succession

    Call it a story about the rich, abuse, ego and the media, both new and old. That's all true. But in doing so, don't fail to call it a story about family in all its Oedipal and Shakesperian horror. Because it's so that.

    Transparent

    Family, family, family, Jews and identity, so many, so much, and so fucked-up and messy and wonderful. Love.

    With Extraordinary Special Props to these Limited Run series (and all somehow from 2019):

    Chernobyl

    Almost too unreal to be believed, almost science fiction, but leaves one with the sense that no entity can be trusted.

    Unbelievable

    See the above. But also see it for the most empathic and upsetting, yet uplifting police procedural ever produced.

    When They See Us

    See the above, and the above, and then cringe, cover your eyes, and keep watching. Infuriating and unprecedented.

    The rest (yeah, no particular order): Justified, Orange is The New Black, Girls, True Detective, Big Mouth, Fargo, Insecure, Westworld, Black Mirror, The Fall, Broadchurch, Jessica Jones, Happy Endings, Orphan Black, You're The Worst, Mr. Robot, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Silicon Valley, The Handmaid's Tale, American Vandal, Watchmen, Lodge 49.

    These Top Ten Musical Moments of the Decade Will Change Your Life.

    Straight-up, I don't listen to enough music in the ways I was once accustomed to any more, though I listen to it all of the time, but there are albums (again, is this a word or concept any more) and shows, that broke through during the 2010s, and I don't know that I feel like trying to describe any of this, or them, because ultimately what I really feel, or felt, when I experienced them is joy, which feels like enough, right, yes. So here we go.

    Courtney Barnett/Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)-Courtney Barnett-Chicago Cultural Center (2018)

    Chance the Rapper/Coloring Book (2016)

    Girl Talk/All Day (2010)

    The Hold Steady-Empty Bottle (2017)

    Jason Isbell/Southeastern (2013)

    Jenny Lewis/The Voyager (2014)

    Matt & Kim-The Riviera (2019)

    Killer Mike/R.A.P. Music (2012)-Killer Mike-Pitchfork (2013)

    Ike Reilly-Schubas (2013)

    Sufjan Stevens/Carrie and Lowell (2015)

    The rest (you know the drill): Billy Bragg-Lincoln Hall (2019), 21 Pilots-The Aragon (2014), Justin Earl Townes/Nothing is Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (2014), The Peekaboos-Empty Bottle (2013), NAS-Riot Fest (2016), Run the Jewels/Run the Jewels (2013), Jamey Johnson/Guitar Song (2010), Julian Velard-Joe's Pub (2017), Kendrick Lamar/To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy/Kanye West (2010), Billy Joel-Wrigley Field (2016).

    These Top Ten Podcasts of the Decade Will Change Your Life.

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

    The ongoing standby's, making my runs, drives, the laundry, day-to-day life and brain better and more joyful.

    Dolly Parton's America

    A rumination on storytelling, spirituality, race and sexuality, and just wow, fantastic, moving and wonderful.

    Mystery Show

    Greatly loved, endlessly missed, and possessing of a weird, beautiful, searching energy.

    Making Obama

    I don't ever want to not be thinking about him.

    S-Town and Searching for Richard Simmons

    Both felt more than kind of voyeuristic, and at times just truly icky, while never being anything but wholly engrossing.

    Running from COPS

    From the creator of Searching for Richard Simmons, and anything but icky, fascinating and horrible.

    Serial

    There may be never be anything like the first season of this show in terms of appointment podcasts, and utter fascination, but the third season makes for a head-spinning, and terribly saddening, companion piece to Running from COPS.

    The rest (and not so much, but yeah): Homecoming, Steve McNair: Fall of a Titan, To Live and Die in L.A., Heavyweight, In the Dark.

    Which, may be enough for now, no? It is. But I'll be back in ten years, though more importantly, for now, I'll be back in a few days with my These Things I Loved in 2019 Will Change Your Life list. And that might I add, will include a special guest. Mysterious, yes? Yes. Also exciting. See you soon. 

  • 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