I didn’t read a single book this year, watched very few movies (the ones I saw were just OK), but I did see a moderate amount of TV, listened to some music, and spent most of my time on the internet. So my list is pretty random.
Glee – I hate high school shows. If they’re on, I groan, avert my eyes in embarrassment. I didn’t think it was possible for me to like a high school show. Glee proved me wrong.
Hazards of Love, by The Decemberists – the continuous album isn’t a new thing, but I’ve not heard one as well-constructed, dynamic, and ambitious as this one, both musically and lyrically.
New Left Media, especially this video: http://www.youtube.com/user/NewLeftMedia
The iPhone 3Gs – the thing is amazing.
The absolute worst thing out of anything created/released in 2009:
*Flash Forward – it’s truly awful in every way.
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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.