Here’s a random list that came to mind over morning coffee. I know I’ve left some stuff out, but it also occurred to me that I need to do several lists. This one is mostly devoted to entertainment. I plan to post a couple of political ones too, maybe a best and worst. I might even do a top news items one too, though it’s sometimes difficult to separate news from politics.
Best Film: Argo (reviewed here) and then probably Lincoln, but I didn’t see it.
Best Actor: Alan Arkin in Argo
Best Indie Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild. See my review here.
Best Rock Album: Clockwork Angels – Rush This one got them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is their best work in their 35+ year career.
Best Musical DVD: Orchestrion – Pat Metheny. Fascinating. I saw him perform this in concert in 2010, reviewed here. My words did not do it justice, but do yourself a favor and buy the DVD.
Best Book: Drift – Rachel Maddow
Best Weekend Talk Show: Up With Chris Hayes
Best TV Show: Top Gear UK
Best Concert: Yes – Boston (the only one I saw all year)
Best Wine: Santa Cristina Toscana IGT 2010. Sublime wime and nicely priced.
Best Commercial: Wax Vac with best actor going to the guy who stabs his ear with a Q-Tip and yells OUch.
Best electronic gadget: Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. I plan to review it later, but will say that it meets my expectations, which are admittedly low and I’ve managed to nearly read one free book on the thing: Nostromo by Joseph Conrad. The Paperwhite lovingly keeps track of my reading speed and tells me how long it will take me to finish a book and how much of it I’ve read. I’m 91% through Nostromo and have 38 minutes to go. But the book is a slow slog and I’ll be happy when I’m done. I like Conrad, but don’t recommend Nostromo. I’ve downloaded lots of other free classics including Moby Dick, which may take me 8 years to read and thankfully the battery charge is said to last 8 years…or maybe its 8 weeks, I forget. I accidentally purchased The Complete Sherlock Holmes for $2.99 after downloading a free version earlier. I had this coupon from Amazon for a free download from a selection of books including the aforementioned Sir Authur Conan Doyle masterpiece illustrated, but I somehow botched the instructions and wound up buying it instead. Now I have two Complete Works. I have tons of other books on my wish list but I can’t bring myself to knowingly buy a book when there are so many classics for free that I want to reread, or have never read. One thing is sure, with my Paperwhite, I’ll be reading more in the coming year and that’s a good thing.
- How the Kindle Paperwhite Works (nytimes.com)
- A Mad Assemblage of Robotic Instruments: ‘Pat Metheny: The Orchestrion Project’ (Review) (popmatters.com)
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