Monthly Archives: December 2018

MY 2018 (as if you cared): PART ONE

MY 2018 (as if you cared): PART ONE


Making no concession to release dates, all movies, cds and books are ones I encountered for the first time in 2018. Because, you know, if you haven’t read it or seen it or heard it yet, it’s new, right? All lists are in no particular order.



Best books I read


Little by Edward Carey

Withnail and I/How to Get Ahead in Advertising by Bruce Robinson

Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton

October by Fredric Koeppel

Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh

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

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Psychedelia: 101 Iconic Underground Rock Albums by Richard Morton Jack

Hard Weather by Roger Sauls

The Beats: A Graphic History by Harvey Pekar, et al

The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark

The Death Notebooks by Anne Sexton

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

The Flame by Leonard Cohen

The Ruling Class by Peter Barnes

The Strange Case of Edward Gorey by Alexander Theroux




Best movies I saw


Victoria (Schipper)

First Reformed (Schrader)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Lanthimos)

The Zero Theorem (Gilliam)

Gemma Bovery (Fontaine)

The Shape of Water (del Toro)

Roman de Gare (Lelouch)

The Wailing (Hong-jin)

Wild Wild Country (Way/Way)

The Phantom Thread (Anderson)

13 Minutes (Hirschbiegel)

Elena (Zvyagintsev)

Il Posto (Olmi)

Patrick Melrose (Berger)

Elles (Szumowska)

Innocent Sinners (Leacock)

Deep in the Wood (Lodovichi)

Harriet Craig (Sherman)

Death of a Cyclist (Bardem)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Coen/Coen)

Faust (Sokurov)

Hypnotic Induction (Meyers)



And just for fun, the 10 worst movies I saw this year:


Flatliners (Oplev)

Death Wish (Roth)

Evils of the Night (Rustam)

All the Devils are Here (Lightbourne)

The Collector (Dunstan)

Truth or Dare (Simon)

Valentino (Russell)

Hatchet (Green)

I am Wrath (Russell)

Compulsion (Goodwill)





Best cds I got:


I Like Fun by They Might be Giants

Look Now by Elvis Costello

American Elegy by Alex Greene

The Tree of Forgiveness by John Prine

The Old Guys by Amy Rigby

Feeling High: The Psychedelic Sound of Memphis

SRC/Milestones/Traveler’s Tale by SRC

Virgin by Traffic Sound

Uncorked by Al Stewart

You’re Driving Me Crazy by Van Morrison and Joey Defrancesco

The Best of Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band

Electric Mud by Muddy Waters

Escalator by Sam Gopal

The Yardbirds Story

The Complete Doctors of Madness

So Who the Hell is Stackwaddy?: The Complete Works by Stackwaddy

Octopus (Remixed) by Gentle Giant

Egypt Station by Paul McCartney

Vanished Gardens by Charles Lloyd

The Red Day Album by Thomas Edisun’s Electric Light Bulb Band

Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins by Chuck Prophet

Two Heads are Better than One by Bond + Brown

Songs for Judy by Neil Young

Things Have Changed by Bettye Lavette

The Late Great Townes Van Zandt

Bob Dylan Live 1962-1966

More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 by Bob Dylan

The Beatles and Esher Demos by The Beatles

One new poem

…here in the new issue of Right Hand Pointing (scroll down and I’m the first poem):

Our little film

“We Go On,” our little film which won The Memphis Film Prize in 2017, is now online. Starring Curtis Jackson, Bill Baker and Emma Crystal, and directed by Matteo Servente, it can be found here:

One poem

…from my collection, Madstones, featured here on Chapter 16:

If this moves you to want to order one of the books, inscribed even (twould make a great Christmas gift), you can do that here: