They are a huge cliche, but I love them and this year I’m contributing to the culture by submitting my own: This Year’s Best Of List.
I’ve listed my favorites for a few media categories and, where appropriate, I’ve separated fiction from non-fiction. Without further ado:
Music: The Way Out – THE BOOKS
Movie: Fiction > The Secret in their Eyes – JUAN JOSE CAMPANELLA
Non-Fiction > Touching the Void – KEVIN MACDONALD
Book: Fiction > Let the Great World Spin – COLUM McCANN
Non-Fiction > The Lost City of Z – DAVID GRANN (notice how having a name that ends with a double n really helps your chances in this category)
Honorable mention (Flemish) > De Laatste Liefde van Mijn Moeder – DIMITRI VERHULST
Website: This one is hard… There is such a wide range of websites that I enjoy: New York Times, McSweeneys, The Selvedge Yard, etc. It feels like comparing apples to oranges to pick a favorite. But the first one that came to mind was BikeEXIF, so let’s just keep it at that.
TV: Fiction > True Blood (HBO)
Non-Fiction > Circus (PBS)
Honorable mention (Flemish) > Van Vlees en Bloed (VRT)
That’s it! Please share your ‘Best Of’ in the comments! I’d love to know. Feel free to add your own categories too.