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Catherine Lacey’s Best of 2009

Books:
I probably only read 10 contemporary books in 2009 but of those, Bluets by Maggie Nelson was the best, most inventive thing I read. Bodies by Susie Orbach was also pretty good.

Movies:
My Son My Son What Have Ye Done, by Werner Herzog (I’ve heard that most of the film community didn’t like this, but I laughed all the way through it. Herzog out-Herzoged himself.)
My dad’s favorite movie was Antichrist. He couldn’t stop giggling and smiling when he talked about it.

Music:
Dragonslayer, by Sunset Rubdown

Oh, and all that stuff I said I liked came out this year.

Catherine Lacey has found herself in very precarious circumstances, may have fled the country by now. Her website is HERE.

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John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published 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, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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