Answers from the uber-mysterious (his official bio reads: Torsten Krol is a writer. Nothing further is known about him.)
Torsten Krol, author of Callisto:
What was the best book of the year?
I seldom read books during the year in which they were published, I have so much catching up to do. My recent reading includes War Made Easy by Norman Solomon, in which is related the sad story of American media’s too-cooperative response to Bush’s War on terror post 9/11 re WMD’s and the Osama-Saddam connection. Questions were not raised until the second term, but even then lacked bite until it became obvious the whole house of cards was collapsing. Editors, be skeptical of your government! I’m also reading Elias Canetti’s Auto-da-Fé (1935) in which a pedantic idiot marries unwisely. Know the feeling.
What was the best movie?
Two best movies, and both from the Bradster – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Burn After Reading
What was the best song/album?
I always buy the latest CD of One Hit Wonders, for their encouragement potential.
Don’t pay much attention to them.
Who was the person of the year?
Everybody will be submitting B. Obama, but I’m going for Sarah Palin, who has kindly reminded us of how unblushingly ignorant yet pushy a really unsuitable Republican can be. Tina, keep those costumes for use again in 2012. We have not heard the last from Moosegal.
What is your New Year’s resolution?
I am firmly resolved not to dictate terms to myself.
** Bonus question: Where do you see the world going in 2009?
Into a very crowded toilet.