Since we are feeling light and festive this day of days, we thought it wouldn’t hurt to share one more list of resolutions. These from the lovely Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties:
What was the best book of the year?
The first book that comes to my mind is Roddy Doyle’s PAULA SPENCER. I read it this year, although maybe it came out earlier. It’s a quiet book with a story that takes place in the mind of one character. I read it at the beach in one day and had a hard time pulling my head out of it—it was as if I were more connected to the story than to my reality at the time.
What was the best movie?
Rachel Getting Married. I sobbed from the second act on. And I didn’t have a tissue and was snorting and snorting, trying to keep things under control. The poor woman beside me was surely irritated—I don’t think she was crying. The acting was amazing and the relationship between the sisters reminded me of me and my sister.
What was the best song/album?
I’ve been downloading a lot and so haven’t really listened to an entire album. OH, I did buy John Mellencamp’s new album and it was pretty darn great.
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Who was the person of the year?
Isn’t it obvious? Obama.
What is your New Year’s resolution?
I’m going to try and spend less time spacing out. Seriously. I can sit in a room for an hour and just stare off at an unfocused middle ground and think about something—an abstract idea, or a memory, and suddenly a tremendous amount of time has gone by and I’ve accomplished nothing. Today I was thinking about the first poster I ever bought. I was around five and my mother took my sister and me into a head shop and told us we could each pick out one poster. My sister got a Snoopy poster and the only other cartoon poster (most were pictures of marijuana leaves, or blocks of hash, or bands where everyone looked like they smelled of patchouli oil) was a picture of two ducks flying together. Underneath the ducks it said FLY UNITED. I didn’t realize that the ducks were mating until years later when some snarky friend pointed out that I had a picture of SEX on my wall. I tore the poster down. My morning thoughts of the poster led to me remembering the first record I ever bought (To You With Love, Donny by Donny Osmond) and that took me down a whole other spiral of thought . . . do you see how I could space out on this stuff forever?
** Bonus question: Where do you see the world going in 2009?
I see the world revolving around the sun. I hope that it continues that way and that there will be far more peace on earth than there is now.