‘Tis the season for ‘best of’ lists, and I don’t want to be left out. So I’m expanding the narcissism and making this list all about me, me, me: This is stuff that lit up my 2008. Not all of this stuff was released in 2008, and in fact quite a bit of it was stuff I happened upon well after the fact. But this is my 2008, so there.
Fragile Iconoclast. Ryan and TCS makes it happen, again and again. This title is perfect, and the album was a soundtrack for my life. The DVD is so cool, too.
MacBreak Weekly. It’s great radio, and you don’t have to be a Mac geek to love it– two of the most rabid fans I know are PC peeps.
J4P. A great book by good friends. And the design was even better than the content, thanks to Sharp7. And the live show featured the Psalters. And then I got to board the Psalter bus. It’s like the Ark of the Covenant or something.
Common Table, in yet another move away from institutionalization, gave me my first title: Resident Artist. And I can’t even use crayons.
Take This Bread. Sara Miles does Bourdain better than Bourdain, and connecting with her ideas is like taking 220 volts to the teeth– it’ll change the way you see everything.
NIN. It’s free, and it’s great.
Ken‘s venison jerky.
TGE. The book is lightning in a bottle, and the event was a tall glass of sweet tea. Phyllis Tickle gets it, gets it, gets it.
TVotR. Energetic, experimental, eye-opening. Can’t wait to go back and hear more.
Fidelity of Betrayal. Take your faith, and put it up on blocks. Then, roll it over onto the roof. Now, behold the wonder: it’s much better this way.
In Rainbows. I know, I know, they released it in 2007. But it lit up my 2008 in the most wonderful way. Perhaps my favorite album of all.
Father Joe. Beautiful.
Tom Lynch. The Undertaker is his best, but I loved everything I read by him this year. A true traveling companion with a cynical heart of gold.
AbeBooks did so much for so little.
My Girlie. She said, “I love you, Daddy!” this year, and that makes the list.
The Wife. My ride on the Sugar-Momma express continues…