f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Year End Favorites

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Year End Favorites

These aren't the best of the year. Just some of the best of what I took in.

Books
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
The Raw Shark Texts by Stephen Hall
Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo - No, it wasn't his best, but I always love losing myself in his worlds.


Movies
Once
The Bourne Ultimatum
Ratatouille
The only other movie we saw in the theater was Stardust and the book was just so much better.


TV
The Wire - I'm not actually recommending this because it's a pretty hard "R" HBO series...but it's insanely good. Writers on various episodes include folks like Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, George Pelacanos...basically a murderer's row of modern crime writers. I'm through Seasons 1-3 and rumor has it that Season 4 is even better.
Friday Night Lights
Blue Planet and Life in the Undergrowth - Extraordinary BBC documentaries on the ocean and bugs. My kids dig it. And without sounding deviant, the scene of slugs mating was one of the most wonderfully bizarre things I've ever seen.
So You Think You Can Dance


Music

Springsteen's Magic is decent. And he's still incredible live.
Arcade Fire's Neon Bible came close to Funeral. And they're one of the few bands that can even be mentioned in the same breath as the E Street folks for performance. They pull off a crazy hipster-Amish thing and just can blow out a place live.
Fountains of Wayne get a Richard Russo-esque nod for Traffic and Weather. Not their best, but still better than most.
And finally one I missed from 2006 - The Hold Steady's Boys and Girls in America.