December 31, 2008

NYR: scott heim

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From Scott Heim, author of the excellent We Disappear and Mysterious Skin, one of my all-time favorites:

What was the best book of the year?

As usual, there’s a stack of books beside my bed that I’ve yet to read. But of the 2008 books I did read:

fiction: Robert Crais, “Chasing Darkness”

poetry: James Tate, “The Ghost Soldiers”

and a sublime classic I hadn’t read until this year:

William Maxwell, “So Long, See You Tomorrow”

What was the best movie?

1st place: Let the Right One In.

A close 2nd: Man On Wire.

What was the best song/album?

I can never pick just one. So here are five:

Portishead, “Third”

Cut Copy, “In Ghost Colours”

MGMT, “Oracular Spectacular”

Mogwai, “The Hawk Is Howling”

Grouper, “Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill”

Favorite Blog?

<a href=“http://passiveaggressivenotes.com” title=”

www.passiveaggressivenotes.com”>Passive Aggressive Notes

Who was the person of the year?

Since anyone in his or her right mind will answer Barack Obama, I’ll change it up a little and say Michelle Obama.

What is your New Year’s resolution?

To do something with my frequent-flyer miles.

** Bonus question: Where do you see the world going in 2009?

It will probably involve a handbasket. But then again, with the election of Obama, I’m hoping that things can only get better after the past 8 years.

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