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Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Year/Decade That Was

Well, it's that time of year again, when we trot out endless "Best of" lists and try to make sense of the cavalcade of pop culture and insanity that we are literally drowning in every year. This year has an additional element, though, because it is also the end of a decade so the lists have to be more expansive and philosophical and stuff.

Rather than try and come up with a "Best of" list that would entertain y'all I'll just offer you a list of "Best of" lists.

For starters here is Hannah Miet, a poet from NYC, ruminating on the meaning of resolutions and offering some of her own anti-resolutions in her brilliant, flowing poetry/prose. While you're there take some time to peruse her other posts. She's a great writer.

Time gets the award for the broadest Top Ten list: The Top 10 Everything of 2009.
The New Yorker's got the Best Films of the decade here.
Paste deigns to choose the Best Albums of the "Naughties" here.
Natch Rolling Stone has to add their two cents here.

If websites are more your thing then Time lists the 50 Best of 2009 here. I'm not on the list...I already checked.

Salon takes a stab at choosing the Best Books of the decade.
So does the Guardian UK.

The AV Club focuses on TV here.
And Variety here.

Alright...that's' enough. Find your own darn "Best of" lists people! See y'all in 2010. Be safe and have a good time ringing in the new year/decade. It's gonna be a good one...I can feel it.