MY 2019 (as if you cared): PART TWO

Making no concession to release dates, all movies, cds and books are ones I encountered for the first time in 2019. Because, you know, if you haven’t read it or seen it or heard it yet, it’s new, right? This year I picked a number one in each category and then the rest of the best are in alphabetical order.


Best books I read 

#1: Orlando by Virginia Woolf

A Burnt Child by Stig Dagerman

A Wonderful Stroke of Luck by Ann Beattie

Children of Men by P. D. James

Elephant Rocks by Kay Ryan

Embers by Sandor Marai

Foe by Iain Reid

In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt

Machines Like Us by Ian McEwan

Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Opening the Hand by W. S. Merwin

Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann

Otherwise: New and Selected Poems by Jane Kenyon

Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca

Te Kaihau—The Wind Eater by Keri Hulme

The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett

The Correspondence of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy

The Eye of the Storm by Patrick White

The Red and the Black by Stendhal

The Servant by Robin Maugham

The Singing Knives by Frank Stanford

The Story of Our Lives by Mark Strand

The Twenty-Year Death (trilogy) by Ariel S. Winter


Best movies I saw 

#1 Kuroneko (Shindo)

A Field in England (Wheatley)

Alice in the Cities (Wenders)

Antibodies (Alvart)

Apostle (Evans)

Borgman (van Warmerdam)

Cop Car (Watts)

Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (Alijo)

Fleabag (Bradbeer)

Joker (Phillips)

Martin Roumagnac (Lacombe)

Slow West (Maclean)

The Cremator (Herz)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (Guest)

The Death of Stalin (Iannucci)

The Favorite (Lanthimos)

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Talbot)

The Report (Burns)

Tumbbad (Prasad/Barve)

Under the Silver Lake (Mitchell)



And just for fun, the 13 worst movies I saw this year:

12 to the Moon (Bradley)

6 Underground (Bay)

From the Earth to the Moon (Haskin)

Greta (Jordan)

House Hunting (Jordan)

In the Tall Grass (Natali)

Lake Alice (Milliken)

Mr. Woodcock (Gillespie)

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (Tarantino)

Ooga Booga (Band)

Pet Sematary (Kolsch/Widmyer)

Satan’s School for Girls (Rich)

Spirit Camp (Beyer)


Best new music I got: 

Abbey Road Anniversary Edition by The Beatles

Closer to Home by Bailey Bigger

Colorado by Neil Young

Electric Ladyland (4-disc set) by Jimi Hendrix

Gathered from Coincidence: The British Folk Pop Sound of 1965-1966

Girl in a Million by Twinkle

Heart of Gold Live by Neil Young

It’s Bad for You but Buy It by The Ace of Cups

Just Go Wild Over Rock and Roll by Chess Records

Listen, Listen by The Merry-go-Round

Live at Woodstock by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lush by Snail Mail

Michael Nesmith Live at the Troubadour

Nots 3

Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company

Songs for Groovy Children by Jimi Hendrix

Tall, Dark and Handsome by Delbert McClinton

Thanks for the Dance by Leonard Cohen

The Best of The Groundhogs

The Prophet Speaks by Van Morrison

The Rolling Thunder Review (14 disc set) by Bob Dylan

This Was (50th Anniversary Edition, 4 discs) by Jethro Tull

Tuscaloosa by Neil Young

Waiting: The Van Duren Story

Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen

Woodstock 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm


MY 2019 (as if you cared): PART ONE

At the end of every year, or at the beginning of the next year, I read a BIG classic that I’ve always meant to read. It helps chip away at that “Must-read list” and it helps to slow me down amid or after the tumult of the holiday season.

This year’s classic: Bleak House by Charles Dickens.

Talking about me

I am interviewed, here on Author Voices:


Interview with Corey Mesler

Two new poems

…here in Right Hand Pointing (scroll down, they’re near the top):

Reading from Alphabeticon

Here, on YouTube, I read from my newest chapbook, Alphabeticon:

Two new poems

…here at Backchannels Journal:

And the rear cover

…of my novel, Camel’s Bastard Son, coming in December 2019 from Cabal Books: