Answers from Dale Hrabi, author of The Perfect Baby Handbook, a subversive guide to raising a kid who’s better than all the other kids.
What was the best book of the year?
For me, Toby Barlow’s Sharp Teeth—a highly unlikely achievement in epic werewolf poetry—was the best new novel. But I spent far more of my time reading classic ‘40s children books by Elizabeth Enright and the CB2 furniture catalog which is hilariously zen.
What was the best movie?
I raved to my friends about Let the Right One In, the Swedish horror movie about a charmingly bleak pre-teen vampire in a ‘70s housing development. Most of them quickly changed the subject. Runner up: Slumdog Millionaire.
What was the best song/album?
“Viva La Vida” by Coldplay, even though I thought it was called “Viva La Loco.” I’m a sucker for pop songs that feature melodramatically sonorous chimes.
Apart from the various political sites that kept me happily agitated until November 4, I liked Joseph Sullivan’s “The Book Design Review” and “Style Rookie,” a blog by a preternaturally fashionable, funny 12-year-old named Tavi who claims to “enjoy vulgar thoughts.”
Who was the person of the year?
Besides a certain President-Elect? I’d say brainy, breakout political commentator, Rachel Maddow. It’s not easy to be both caustic and adorable.
What is your New Year’s resolution?
To go to sleep before 4 a.m. Which means I have to stop watching educational Abba documentaries on YouTube at 3 am. So that’s not going to happen.
Where do you see the world going in 2009?
Downhill. And then to the kitchen to get a snack. A Pop Tart, if we’re lucky.