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Alec Niedenthal’s Best of 2009

Here’s some stuff I liked in 2009:

Books:
Dear Everybody, by Michael Kimball
One Hour of Television, by Kristina Born
Scorch Atlas, by Blake Butler
Light Boxes, by Shane Jones
I read more books from 2009, but I can’t remember them right now. If I had more money I would have read more books that were released in 2009. If your book was released in 2009 please give it to me so I can read it.

Music:
Eskimo Snow, by Why?
Bonfires on the Heath, by The Clientele
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Self-Titled)
Manafon, by David Sylvian
Vs. Children, by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Days:
Thursday
Saturday

Discoveries:
I am bad at everything
Walking places, especially uphill, hurts me now
Eating fast food excessively makes me feel better about the previous two discoveries

Things to do:
Running out of things to do on the internet, doing everything I do on the internet as many times as it takes me to fall asleep
Sleeping
Waking up and feeling excited about new things to do on the internet

Alec Niedenthal‘s fiction can be found or is forthcoming in Agriculture Reader, Sleepingfish, Caketrain, Smokelong Quarterly, Night Train, and other places. His dream is to one day write a book about Subway and have Subway sell his book inside of Subway as a combo. Maybe be in Subway commercials. We’ll see.

John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

18 thoughts on “Alec Niedenthal’s Best of 2009

      1. actually, this picture is the cover of my forthcoming emo pop album, “heartbreak, eyeliner, and working out with my dad after synagogue.”

    1. i really wanted dear everybody to last longer than it did. i read it on a plane, and kept on putting it down so as to prolong its lifespan. several lines from that book got me bawling. no kidding. the person i was sitting next to i think was not a little weirded out.

      1. It is such a beautiful book. The film short Luca made is beautiful. I would really like to see this as a feature-length film one day. Philip Seymour Hoffman or Paul Giamatti as the lead, maybe.

    1. thank you so much john, i don’t feel like i deserve that, but i couldn’t possibly turn down a book. what’s your email address?

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