I know, I know: I’m rather late. Still, I beat the Grammys. But before it becomes as dangerously irrelevant, I present to you the Top 10 Albums of 2011.
Last year, I bought 41 new LPs and screened a few others. Virtually every artist on my list of favorites released an LP, yet six of . . . → Read More: 10 Best Records of 2011
I’ve been quiet awhile due to less than thrilling real-life concerns. Nothing exciting has kept me away from writing—a bloody shame, really, because the bit of fecund yin hidden in the aggravatingly dramatic yang that is often existence is the potential to later retell the tale to any number of ends: entertainment, education, commiseration, &c. . . . → Read More: The 20 Best Tracks of 2011 (So Far)
And now for something completely different.
What? The website’s subtitle promises “Other Sundry Excitements.” This is one of them. So, off we go.
In the summer of 2009, I bought something like sixty LPs and worked slowly through those, an effort which took me well into 2010. I wanted to find some new artists . . . → Read More: 2010′s (Revised) Top Ten in Music
Top 50 Stories
1. “The Book of Irrational Numbers”— Michael Marshall Smith 2. “The Depressed Person”—David Foster Wallace 3. “The Aleph”—Jorge Luis Borges 4. “Keepsakes & Treasures: A Love Story”—Neil Gaiman 5. “Safety Man”—Dan Chaon 6. “A Fable with a Photograph of a Glass Mobile”—Kevin Brockmeier 7. “Little Expressionless Animals”—David Foster Wallace 8. “What Happens . . . → Read More: Top 50 Stories
Top 50 Novels
1. The History of Love—Nicole Krauss 2. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close—Jonathan Safran Foer 3. The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break—Steven Sherrill 4. You Remind Me of Me—Dan Chaon 5. The Contortionist’s Handbook—Craig Clevenger 6. House of Leaves—Mark Z. Danielewski 7. The Time-Traveler’s Wife—Audrey Niffenegger 8. The Sirens of Titan—Kurt Vonnegut 9. . . . → Read More: Top 50 Novels