Résumé 2011

As a principle, I don’t love end-of-year lists, but since it is my Second Amendment right as a blogger to have one (and since I’ve been studiously tracking my cultural intake all year) I might as well share it with everyone.

This year, I re-visited:
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West (novel)
Asterios Polyp by David Mazzuchelli (graphic novel)
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (novel)
Sondheim: A Life by Meryl Secrest (biography)
Woyzeck by Georg Büchner (play)
Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare (play)
Topdog/Underdog by Suzan Lori-Parks (play)
Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins (poetry)
On Writing Well by William Zinsser (non-fiction)
Great Expectations by Dickens (novel)
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (non-fiction)
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor (short stories)
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson’s Ravinia recital (classical)
Medulla by Björk (björk)
Carousel (movie soundtrack)
Doolittle by the Pixies (post-rock)
Bitches Brew by Miles Davis (jazz fusion)
Mozart Symphonies 40, 41 and the Requiem (classical)
The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman (jazz)
Mitch Hedberg All Together (comedy)
George Carlin Jammin’ in New York (comedy)
Giant Steps by John Coltrane (jazz)
Bach’s B Minor Mass (classical)
The Hours by Philip Glass (movie soundtrack)
Hamlet by Shakespeare (play)
Ed Wood dir. by Tim Burton
Stella Live in Boston
Little Shop of Horrors
dir. Frank Oz
The Thing 
dir. John Carpenter
Vertigo dir. Hitchcock
His Girl Friday dir. Howard Hawks
The Producers dir. Mel Brooks
The Life of Brian dir. Terry Jones
Repo Man dir. Alex Cox
Broadway Danny Rose dir. Woody Allen

And, happily, I was introduced to:
The Argument by Fugazi
Verdi’s Requiem at Pritzker Pavillion
Ives’s The Unanswered Question at Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians
Shabazz Palaces
Digable Planets
Horses by Patti Smith
Brahms’s Piano Trios
Money Jungle by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach
Portnoy’s Complaint by Phillip Roth
Creature Tech by Ted Ten Napel
That is All by John Hodgman
Verdi’s Shakespeare by Garry Willis
The Red Bastard
Philippe Gaulier
Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss
Teller’s Play Dead (in New York)
God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, at the Goodman Theatre
Dirk Gently’s Hollistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
The Contract with God Trilogy by Will Eisner
Battlestar Galactica Seasons 1 and 2
Yat Kha
The Up Series
dir. Michael Apted
Tree of Life dir. Terrence Mallick

If you want to borrow any of these, let me know SOON: come Sunday morning, I am burning all of them.



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