Annual Favorites: 2002

Books (Any Year) 
1. Suttree, Cormac McCarthy
2. Light In August, William Faulkner
3. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
4. Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
5. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
6. Underworld, Don Dellilo
7. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
8. The Tests of Time, William H. Gass
9. The Man Without Qualities, Robert Musil
10. Desparate Characters, Paula Fox
11. True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey
12. Demons, Fyodor Dostoevsky
13. Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Peter Hoeg
14. Where the Stress Falls, Susan Sontag
15. William Faulkner: His Life and Work, Donald Minter
16. Not-Knowing, Donald Barthelme

New Records
1. Pedro the Lion, Control
2. Bright Eyes, Lifted…. 
3. Lambchop, Is a Woman
4. Chris Mills, The Silver Line
5. Low, Trust
6. Richard Buckner, Impasse
7. The Roots, Phrenology
8. Ryan Adams, Demolition
9. Iron & Wine, The Creek Drank the Cradle
10. Atmosphere, God Loves Ugly
11. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
12. Beck, Sea Change
13. Damien Jurado, I Break Chairs
14. Chris Mills, Tell it Like it Isn’t
15. Bruce Springsteen, The Rising

Other Records
1. Grandaddy, Under the Western Freeway
2. Rufas Wainright, Rufas Wainright
3. Matthew Ryan, Concussion
4. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Ease Down the Road
5. Neutral Milk Hotel, Under the Aeroplane Over the Sea
6. Will Oldham, Joya
7. Palace Songs, Hope
8. Will Oldham, Arise Therefore
9. Will Oldham, Guarapero: Lost Blues 2
10. Bright Eyes, Fevers & Mirrors
11. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP
12. Palace Music, Lost Blues and Other Songs

New Movies
1. Y Tu Mama Tambien
2. Personal Velocity
3. Punch Drunk Love
4. Rodger Dodger
5. What Time is it There? 
6. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
7. Far From Heaven
8. Lovely & Amazing
9. Catch Me If You Can
10. The Business of Strangers
11. Collected Stories
12. Tadpole
13. The Bourne Identity
14. 8 Mile
15. Igby Goes Down
16. The Truth About Charlie

Other Movies
1. The Royal Tenenbaums
2. Amores Perros
3. Sidewalks of New York
4. American Movie
5. Ratcatcher
6. Zoolander
7. Black Hawk Down
8. Training Day
9. The Anniversary Party
10. Amelie
11. Not Another Teen Movie
12. Unforgiven
13. September
14. A.I. 
15. Legally Blond
16. Monster’s Ball

Concerts
1. Damien Jurado / Pedro the Lion @ The Metro (Chicago) , 4/29/02
2. Rufas Wainwright @ The Vic (Chicago), 2/22/02
3. White Stripes @ The Pageant (St. Louis, like those that follow), 7/10/02
4. Josh Rouse @ The Duck Room, 8/6/02
5. Richard Buckner @ Off Broadway, 11/15/02
6. Richard Buckner @ Off Broadway, 8/30/02
7. The Reactions @ Radio Cherokee, 12/29/02
8. Nadine / Tift Meritt @ The Duck Room, 10/2/02
9. Chris Mills @ Frederick’s Music Lounge, 11/2/02