Top Books for 2007

Let’s see… glancing back through the year, here’s what I’m most glad to have read. I wrote about most of these…
Fiction:
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
Burning Chrome by William Gibson

Non-Fiction:
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean by Douglas Wolk
He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
Theory and History by Ludwig von Mises
Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace by Joseph Williams

Comics:
Curses by Kevin Huizenga
Tales of Woodsman Pete by Lilli Carr?©
Plastic Man: Rubber Bandits by Kyle Baker
The Surrogates by Robert Venditti

Too bad I don’t have a better remembrance of what I read but didn’t review. Need to keep better track of that.

Top Music for 2007

My top artists for 2007, according to last.fm. Not the most representative collection, because the long tail of my listening habits is, well, really long. But aside from a few surprises, it’s pretty fair. One thing that’s not a surprise: I am decidedly out-of-date. I think only a few of these folks came out with an album this year. And a lot of them are dead. I almost never know what’s going on in the music world, but I’m okay with that.
On with the list…

Jeff Buckley – No surprise here. Pretty sure I’ve got more of his music than any other person in my collection.
King Crimson – Big surge in the second half of the year. In the Court of the Crimson King quickly became one of my favorite albums, ever. And Beat is a lot of fun.
Pink Floyd – Old standby.
DJ Ti?´sto – This was a bit of a surprise, but In Search of Sunrise has gotten a lot of play. Like today, for example.
Claude Debussy – Heavy play of the Nocturnes and Children’s Corner.
Dave Brubeck – Didn’t expect him so high, but he got featured in a couple of playlists.
Radiohead – No surprise.
Jean Sibelius – Huge surge this winter, after reading The Rest Is Noise.
Philip Glass – I went on a Glass-collecting spree this fall. Still have something of love/hate relationship with his music.
Feist – We had a good year together, except for when she released an album when I was out hiking for a couple months.
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Pretty balanced play from an old favorite, across the spectrum of symphonies, concertos, choral works and chamber stuff.
Madonna – Never really listened to her until this year. Big fan.
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones – Another surprise here. Didn’t think I was listening to them so much, but I got addicted to “Big Country” for a while.
Pat Metheny – Probably would have ranked higher if last.fm kept track of all the play on road trips.
Henry Purcell – I sat through Dido & Aeneas a bunch of times so I could hear the final aria and chorus in context.
Johnny Cash – A good bit of the older stuff, but especially American IV.
Duran DuranRio, mostly. Especially “New Religion“.
Daft Punk – Eh. Need to play this less, I think.
Al Jarreau – Mostly the live album, Look to the Rainbow.
Carly Simon – Almost all from Anticipation.
Erik Satie – Almost exclusively due to the Gymnopedies.
April March – For some reason, the fact that she’s over 40 really boggles me.
Will Scruggs – A good friend and brilliant jazz saxophonist.
Joanna Newsom – Surprised she wasn’t higher on my list. Probably would be if her songs weren’t so epic and awesome. Still feel like an idiot for not going to her Atlanta show this past November.
Machito – The Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite got into a couple playlists.