Here are some lists of things that I love and would like to tell you about. In list form. By two.
1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Perhaps you’ve heard of this one? It won the Pulitzer Prize and even though some jerks didn’t like this, I was quite pleased. While I was reading this book I felt like I never wanted to read anything else again. It was just plain wonderful. Seriously. Read it.
2. Married Love and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley. I (not so) secretly prefer short stories to novels most of the time and every story in this book is like a perfect little treat. Tessa Hadley is as good as and possibly better than Alice Munro, if I can say such a thing.
1. If I hadn’t already mentioned Ida that would be on this list, but I will have to go with 12 Years a Slave instead. This movie was astonishing and wonderful in ways I didn’t expect.
2. Jodorowsky’s Dune. I could go on and on about this one. It was visually thrilling and hilarious and probably my favorite film of this year. Actually I think you should just watch the trailer.
Two delicious foods
1. Tamari roasted almonds. I can no longer have these in my house.
2. Coconut-flavored Greek yogurt. I’m not sure there is anything better than this in the entire world.
Two delicious drinks
1. San Pellegrino “sparkling beverages.” (I had to put that in quotes because of “sparkling.”) The blood orange is mighty fine. So is the grapefruit.
2. Passion fruit margarita. I had this at The Blue Plate not so long ago and it was as delicious as it sounds.
(Ha! Two songs! These are songs that I heard sometime over the past two years and loved. There were lots more, believe me.)
1. “Demon Host” by Timber Timbre. I first heard this song in Sarah Polley’s film Stories We Tell, which come to think of it was probably my favorite move of last year. This song, in the middle of an incredibly moving scene, was just perfect.
2. “This Will Be Our Year” by the Zombies. How had I never heard this song before? It appeared at the end of a Mad Men episode (always the best songs) and I then listened to it about 1,000 times afterward.
Two TV shows
1. Six Feet Under. An oldie but a goodie. The last episode was one of the best things I’ve ever seen on TV. Jeez.
2. Sherlock. People, this show is good. It’s like Doctor Who for grown-ups! Er.
1. Mimi Smartypants. In truth, I’ve been reading this one for years. It’s kind of like the funny diary of a funny woman writer in Chicago. She writes stuff that often makes me laugh out loud. She’s funny.
2. Orangette. Molly Wizenberg is a lovely and (sometimes funny!) writer who writes about cooking. There are recipes and gorgeous photographs. I’ve been reading this one for years too.