Best of the Best

6 Dec

It’s the time of the year for the reckoning. Here are some lists of some of the things in 2017 that, in my opinion, were among the best. Some of these were released before this year, but I just got to them in the last 12 months. There were many other films, docus, books, TV shows, and stand-up comedy acts I watched/read, but these stood out for me.

Movies:
Get Out
Personal Shopper
Dunkirk
The Meyerowitz Stories
Clouds of Sils Maria
Dogtooth
The Lobster
The Salesman
A Man Called Ove
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Blade Runner

Documentaries:
The Vietnam War (Ken Burns & Lynn Novick)
Chasing Trane
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
Frontline (new season)
Sacro GRA
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark
I Called Him Morgan
My Scientology Movie
The Seven Five
Oklahoma City
Saudi Arabia Uncovered
Killswitch
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press
The Lovers and the Despot

Broadway Live Shows:
Newsies
Shrek

TV Shows:
Stranger Things (completed s. 1)
Alias Grace
Shetland (3 seasons)
Trapped
GLOW
Mindhunter
The Crown
Black Mirror (3 seasons)
Abstract: The Art of Design
Bob’s Burgers (all seasons)
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Season 10
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Better Call Saul (3 seasons)
Schitt’s Creek (3 seasons)
Fargo (season 3)
The Good Place
Friends From College
Attack On Titan (entire series)
Deathnote (entire series)
Julie’s Greenroom (seasons 1, 2)
The Wild Chef (3 seasons)
The Graham Norton Show (seasons 19, 20)
Wallander, UK Version (all seasons)

Books:
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Howling Miller by Aarto Paasilinna
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas S. Hofstadter
The Sun Eaters by some unknown hack
Of a Fire on the Moon by Norman Mailer
Miami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968 by Norman Mailer
James Ellroy’s Underworld USA Trilogy (American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, Blood’s a Rover)
Perfidia by James Ellroy

Music:
Vaporwave genre
Retrowave/Synthwave genre
Lee Morgan
Tycho
Mitch Murder

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The Sun Eaters

6 Dec

Here’s a preview of the cover. Release of the novel is imminent. Links coming soon!TSECoverProofCombined3

Back in Guernica

27 Nov

After over four years of first being published in the amazing Guernica Magazine, I am so honoured to be back with a (longish) short story called Those Years in Montreal.

According to the fiction editor, I now hold the Guernica record for having the shortest and longest story they’ve ever published. I don’t care much for records, unless of course we’re talking about vinyl, but I do care about finding a home for this story, which clocks in at just over 10,000 words, and having that home be Guernica. It’s not easy nowadays to find a publisher for such long fiction, but to have this story reside in Guernica, for me, is like winning the Booker Prize. I am so humbled to appear alongside such great authors.

Many thanks to fiction editor Meakin Armstrong for his vision and guidance, and many more thanks to all of you who have read this story or are planning to in the future.

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