Books · EOTY 2017

What I Read in 2017

I think the rating system, such as it is, is pretty self-explanatory. 52. Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood (!!!!) 51. A Separation – Katie Kitamura (!!!) 50. Some Trees – John Ashbery (!) 49. Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life – Yiyun Li (!) 48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (!!!) 47. The Selfishness of Others:… Continue reading What I Read in 2017

EOTY 2017 · Music

My 50 Favorite Albums of 2017

Some extemporaneous thoughts: I’ve noticed while making this list–an annual tradition at this point and, more particularly, a way for me to reflect on the preceding 12 months–that I’ve become more averse to the whole idea of it. I’ve found more enjoyment in making my monthly mixes, posting them on Spotify for friends, and generally… Continue reading My 50 Favorite Albums of 2017

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“Culture is in its most intimate intent a heroic denial of creatureliness.”

For those of us who have not suffered a life-changing loss, reading these books can be shocking. I think of, for instance, when I first read Roland Barthes’s almost unbearable Mourning Diary, about the death of his mother. Barthes was a true mama’s boy, having lived with his mother for virtually all his adult life,… Continue reading “Culture is in its most intimate intent a heroic denial of creatureliness.”