Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week:
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!
- A list of 20 good books I read this year.
- 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.
- 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.
- TV I enjoyed this year: The Good Place, Atlanta, The Americans, Detectorists, Parts Unknown, Queer Eye, Patriot, Killing Eve, Better Call Saul, Grand Designs, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Billions.
- Movies I enjoyed this year: Phantom Thread (saw it at least four times), Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Nacho Libre, The Beguiled, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Three Identical Strangers, Coco, and Faces Places.
- 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 soundtrack, Balanescu 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.)
- 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.)
- The best epigraphs of 2018. (I love that I requested this and the folks at Bookriot made it exist.)
- 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.
- RIP Sister Wendy Beckett. I really enjoyed this interview on Desert Island Discs.
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See you in 2019. (It’s gonna be a wild year!)