My 2014

My 2014



Best book I read and 20 also great ones.


Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell, his 12-novel cycle, a towering achievement. I finished the last volume this year.

Dance to Music

Bark: Stories by Lorrie Moore

Smoke’s Way poems by William Stafford

The Retreat by Aharon Appelfeld

The Cheer poems by William Meredith

Roth, Unbound by Claudia Roth Pierpont

The Mangan Inheritance by Brian Moore

The Human Factor by Graham Greene

The Moving Target poems by W. S. Merwin

Angel by Elizabeth Taylor

Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson by Laura Sims

The Dance Most of All poems by Jack Gilbert

The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn

End Zone by Don DeLillo

The Niagara River poems by Kay Ryan

Zion poems by TJ Jarrett

Food Rules by Michael Pollan

A Fairly Honorable Defeat by Iris Murdoch

Pictures from Brueghel poems by William Carlos Williams

A God and his Gifts by Ivy Compton-Burnett

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson


Best movie I saw and 20 also great ones: 


Claire’s Knee (Rohmer) Rohmer is often accused of making anti-films, or films that are more like novels than movies. I love him and I think this is my favorite.

Claire's Knee


Aaltra (de Kevern/Delepine)

Ida (Pawlikowski)

The Turin Horse (Tarr/Hranitzky)

The Werckmeister Harmonies (Tarr/Hranitzky)

Man with the Movie Camera (Vertor)

The Hunt (Vinterberg)

The Wall (Polser)

Valhalla Rising (Refn)

Respect Yourself: The Stax Music Story (Gordon/Neville)

Revanche (Spielman)

Rosenstrasse (von Trotta)

Cloud Atlas (Tykwer/Wachowski/Wachowski)

Mr. Nobody (van Dormael)

Ruby Sparks (Dayton/Faris)

Good Ol’Freda (White)

Punishment Park (Watkins)

Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen/Coen)

Mauvais Sang (Carax)

Mr. X (Louise-Salome)


…and, of course, Sharknado (Ferrante)



Top cds I bought:


The Complete Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan and the Band

Storytone by Neil Young

The 6-disc Creedence Clearwater Revival set

Push the Sky Away by Nick Cave

Popular Problems by Leonard Cohen

Under the Covers 3 by Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs

Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone by Lucinda Williams

Country Songs for City Folks/Memphis Beat by Jerry Lee Lewis

The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River

Frank Soundtrack by Stephen Rennicks

Led Zeppelin III Deluxe Edition

CSNY74 (3 cds, 1 DVD)

We are Nots by The Nots




And, 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 I am reading Balzac’s Cousin Bette.




AND, finally, I am thankful at the end of this rich year, for all my friends on Facebook and beyond, for being so sweet and supportive of my modest publishing successes this year. I end 2014 truly obleeged.

4 responses to “My 2014

  1. Fascinating lists, all….and we are proud of you and happy for your success.

  2. What a sweet comment. Thank you.

  3. This is actually an awesome list. I need to share this with someone who I know is always looking for input on what to read / watch / listen to. Thanks for sharing.

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