I’m keeping it simple this year. Especially on the music front. I kept delaying this post, because it would literally take me hours to craft a full list of all the music I loved. Instead I am going simple. Top threes (or fours in one case). Enjoy.
Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Curse the Names by Robert Arellano
You Can Make Him Like You by Ben Tanzer (yes, I published it, but still, it’s one of my favorite books of all time).
Volt by Alan Heathcock
Normally Special by xTx
Ayiti by Roxane Gay (seriously, same deal as YCMHLY)
The Book of Men by Dorianne Laux
Things I Say to Pirates on Nights When I Miss You by Keely Hyslop
Birding (chapbook) by Kat Dixon
The Black Keys: El Camino
Wilco: The Whole Love
The Decemberists: The King Is Dead
“I Might” by Wilco
“Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys
“Holding On To Black Metal” by My Morning Jacket
Ryan W. Bradley has pumped gas, changed oil, painted houses, swept the floor of a mechanic's shop, worked on a construction crew in the Arctic Circle, fronted a punk band, and managed an independent children's bookstore. He now works in marketing. His latest book is Nothing but the Dead and Dying, a collection of stories set in Alaska. He lives in southern Oregon with his wife and two sons.