Annual Favorites: 2008

New Books
1. Home, by Marilynne Robinson
2. The Paris Review Interviews, Volume III, edited by Philip Gourevitch
3. Nobody’s Home: Essays, by Dubravka Ugresic
4. Personal Days, by Ed Park
5. The Immediate Touch:, by Francesca Herndon-Consagra, Sydney Norton and others (including my wife) 
6. Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel, by Edmund White
7. The Mirror in the Well, by Micheline Aharonian Marcom
8. Reflections of a Wine Merchant: On a Lifetime in the Vineyards and Cellars of France and Italy, by Neal I. Rosenthal

Other Books
1. James Joyce, by Richard Ellmann
2. Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo, by Roger Cohen
3. The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World, by Lawrence Osborne
4. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by J. Toobin
5. Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris tasting That Revolutionized Wine, by George M. Taber
6. Elegant Complexity: A Study of DFW’s Infinite Jest, by Greg Carlisle
7. Buckminster Fuller: Anthology for the New Millennium, Zung ed.
8. Open Ground: Selected Poems 1966-1996, by Seamus Heaney
9. The Discomfort Zone, by Jonathan Franzen
10. American Sucker, by David Denby
11. Henry James: The Young Master, by Sheldon M. Novick

Theater Movies
1. The Diving Bell & The Butterfly
2. Milk
3. There Will Be Blood
4. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days
5. Revolutionary Road
6. Quantum of Solace
7. I’ve Loved You So Long
8. Michael Clayton
9. Burn After Reading
10. Four Christmases

(Disappointments: The Dark Knight, Margot at the Wedding.)

Rented/Streamed Movies
1. Once
2. Hamlet (that really long one) 
3. Away From Her
4. Rocket Science
5. The Savages
6. Charlie Wilson’s War
7. Notes on a Scandal
8. Before the Devil Knows Your Dead
9. I’m Not There
10. Gone Baby Gone
11. Atonement
12. Cassandra’s Dream
13. The Simpsons Movie
14. Walk Hard
15. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
16. Miller’s Crossing

1. Mad Men, Seasons 1 and 2 (AMC) 
2. State of Play (BBC) 
3. Bush’s War (PBS)

Feeling lazy in terms of listing, but highlights that come to mind are the Radiohead show here in St. Louis, and the newest albums from Conor Oberst, Smog, Bon Iver, Midlake, Damien Jurado, Chris Mills, Horse Feathers and Little Wayne. New discovery: Explosions in the Sky. (Thanks, Austin City Limits.)

(Disappointment: Iron & Wine’s noodly show at the Pageant.)

1. Dropbox
2. Things
3. Twitter

1. Field Stone “Convivio Red” 2005, CA
2. L de Lyeth Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, Sonoma, CA
3. Tangley Oaks Merlot, 2006, Napa Valley, CA
4. Artadi Orobio 2006, Rioja, Spain
5. Gemtree Tadpole Shiraz/Cab, Australia
6. Veramonte “Reserva” Sauvignon Blanc, 2007, Chile
7. Domaine Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc D’Alsace 2004, Alsace, France
8. Chandler Hill Merlot 2002, Sonoma, CA
9. Artadi Orobio Blanco 2006, Rioja, Spain
10. Elsa Bianchi Torrentes, 2007, Argentina
11. Dorigo Refosco 2006, Fruili-Venezia, Italy
12. Con Class 2007, Rueda, Spain
13. NV Leo Hillinger Secco Sparking Pinot Noir
14. San Felipe Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina
15. Gloria Ferrer Etesian Pinot Noir 2005
16. Bodegas Naia Verdejo 2006, Spain
17. Piccolo Cru, Blend 2005, CA
18. Primaterra Pinot Grigio 2004, Veneto, Italy
19. Boutari Moshofilero, Greece
20. Edna Valley Merlot, Paso Roble