So a few of you have emailed and asked that I post a recap or "Best of" list. I've warned you that I'm not very good at this. Inevitably, I leave things out or make people mad. So I want to preface this by saying that I prescribe to the adage that opinions are like assholes...I think you know the rest.
So here you go:
Best Book I Read in 04: (tie)The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon & Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. If you judge best by the number of recommendations to friends, then these win in a landslide.
Worst Book I Read in 04: Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne. Definitely painful to read. I'm still amazed I made it through all 500 pages.
Biggest Disappointment: Kings of Infinite Space by James Hynes. Could not suspend my disbelief long enough to really enjoy this one. Sorry Maud!
Best Album: I wanted to say A ghost is born by Wilco and would have, but then the Arcade Fire came along and Funeral amazed me.
Best Song: "Staring at the Sun" by TV on the Radio. If you haven't heard this band, I feel for you. Amazing sound and so very hard to describe.
Biggest Disappointment: R.E.M.'s Around the Sun.
Best Movie: I wasn't really blown away by anything this year. No movie made its way on to my all-time list. Because I have to choose something, I'll go with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Worst Movie: The Stepford Wives.
Best: Pick any listed on the left.
Best Accomplishment: (tie) Finishing Infinite Jest. Seeing all of the ballparks in the California League.
Worst Day: I'll never forget the night of Hurricane Ivan's landfall. I can't begin to describe the amount of worry and fear that I had for all of my family and friends in the area.
Happy New Year to everyone! Feel free to disagree and/or discuss.