I was going to reference Embrace's "End of the Year," but you know -- I think I've done that a few times in the past, and it's time to admit to myself that while that album holds a place in my heart and was a really big deal to me when I was young, I really don't like that song.
Anyway. 2009. I was planning to end my usual crappy posting schedule with a few wrap-ups, but there was a lot of travel and work in the last week, and the Ski Bum got me an iPod Touch for Christmas so I've been playing "Orbital" constantly.
Summing up: weird year, starting with an experience I never expected to go through, ending kinda quietly. I'm never truly happy to see a year end -- I tend to focus on things not accomplished -- but I do welcome the new start.
Book-wise -- after a pretty hectic pace this year, I haven't finished anything in almost a month. Mostly, this is because I started Robert Caro's "The Power Broker," which is one hillion jillion pages. I've since put that aside temporarily (at approximately 135 pounds, it's not a good plane book) in favor of Simon Sebag Montefiore's "Young Stalin," the wacky adventures of Josef and his merry crew.
Best of the year (read this year, not written this year):
Fiction - John le Carre's Smiley trilogy; Matt Ruff's "Sewer Gas and Electric," Denis Johnson's "Tree of Smoke," Anne Enright's "The Gathering"
Non-fiction - Asne Seierstad's "With Their Backs to the World," Jim Sheeler's "Final Salute"
And wrapping up the noughts, I was planning to think really hard about the best book published over the decade. I never got around to it so instead, the results of a quick ten-minute scan of my apartment's bookshelves:
Fiction -- Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" and "The Yiddish Policemen's Union," David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas," Kazuo Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go"
Non-fiction -- Tony Judt's "Postwar"
I'm sure I forgot a bunch, and I'll spend the rest of the day tormented. Oh well. Happy New Year -- see you in 2010!