From Lee Konstantinou, author of the upcoming Pop Apocalypse: A Possible Satire:
What was the best book of the year?
I was impressed by Joseph O’Neill’s NETHERLAND. The man writes beautiful sentences. Marilynne Robinson’s HOME is pretty amazing, too.
What was the best movie?
This has been a pretty bad movie year for me, one of the worst on record. I’ve been too holed up writing — dissertation, fiction — to get out and about. New episodes of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA are about as close as I’ve gotten to a favorite moving picture kind of entertainment/art.
What was the best song/album?
I’ve been listening to Vampire Weekend’s self-titled first album far more than I perhaps should. It’s a bit addictive.
Glenn Greenwald’s Salon.com blog is one of the most intelligent and relentless political blogs out there. If there is some bloggy equivalent of the Pulitzer, he should win it for his spot on coverage and analysis of the FISA amendment battle.
Who was the person of the year?
No doubt about this one: Sarah Palin. She turned a seemingly played out presidential election into an episode out of THE ONION. The fact that McCain-Palin didn’t win made the whole farce merely funny rather than funny and horrifying. I fear for 2012.
What is your New Year’s resolution?
To develop something resembling a social life in ’09.
Where do you see the world going in 2009?
2009 is the year we all become economists, cause all our futures are hanging in the balance. And that’s no joke.