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20 good books I read in 2018

Hey y’all,

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 

  1. A list of 20 good books I read this year.
  2. Best of the blog this week: on the origin of the phrase “surfing the 'net,” how there are more than four seasons, and a reminder for next year: Don’t discard. Keep all your pieces in play.
  3. Current reads: still making my way through Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey, started this annotated Walden, and I’m flipping through a gorgeous reissue of Saul Steinberg’s The Labyrinth.
  4. TV I enjoyed this year: The Good Place, Atlanta, The AmericansDetectorists, Parts Unknown, Queer Eye, Patriot, Killing Eve, Better Call SaulGrand Designs, The Marvelous Mrs. Maiseland Billions
  5. Movies I enjoyed this year: Phantom Thread (saw it at least four times), Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Nacho LibreThe Beguiled, Black Panther, Thor: RagnarokThree Identical Strangers, Coco, and Faces Places.
  6. Albums I enjoyed this year: Parquet Courts, Wide Awake!; Mary Lattimore, Hundreds of Days; Chilly Gonzales, Solo Piano III; Pusha T, Daytona; Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread soundtrackBalanescu Quartet, Possessed and Senor Coconut, El Baile Aleman (both albums of Kraftwerk covers); Prince, Piano & A Microphone 1983, the White Album remix; John Coltrane, Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album; and Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground. (A lot of this stuff is on my 2018 playlist.)
  7. More ear candy: I didn’t get to post this in time for Christmas, but I love these DOOM XMAS remixes of rapper MF Doom. (I’m also sifting through Ted Gioia’s 100 Best Albums of 2018.)
  8. The best epigraphs of 2018. (I love that I requested this and the folks at Bookriot made it exist.)
  9. Coming in January: the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse! (Sounds like a death metal band.) Related: 50 years ago astronauts took the famous “Earthrise” photo.
  10. RIP Sister Wendy Beckett. I really enjoyed this interview on Desert Island Discs.
Okay, that’s the last newsletter of 2018. Thanks so much for reading. If you like this newsletter and want to support it, forward it to a friend, tweet me some love, or best of all, buy a book!

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See you in 2019. (It’s gonna be a wild year!) 


Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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