Here’s an uncomprehensive list of things I have liked this year, some site stats, some notable people that have died.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara’s compelling investigation of the “Golden State Killer,” who terrorized northern California from the mid-70s to the mid-80s, is one of the best true crime books to come along in a decade. It’s the story of two obsessions: McNamara’s obsession with the criminal, and whatever abhorrent obsession drove him to commit a series of horrific rapes and murders over ten years. The author, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, describes the crimes and examines clues in an effort to uncover his identity. Occasionally, she challenges convention by inserting herself into the narrative (at one point, she even writes directly to the Golden State Killer), and the book acquires even more personal weight when one takes into account the fact that McNamara, at the age of 46, died while writing it. Knowing all of this, and with each chilling description, McNamara’s obsession begins to become our own. She believed that the Golden State Killer would still be alive today. You will discover yourself hoping she’s right, so that you can see him captured and brought to justice. — Chris Schluep, the Amazon Book Review
The Bone and the Book by Jane Isenberg. In 1890, Aliza Rudinsk, a young Orthodox Jewish immigrant from the Ukraine, came to Seattle via New York’s Lower East Side expecting to build a good life for herself. When Aliza’s bones turn up in Seattle’s underground streets in 1965 along with a book written in Yiddish, recently widowed empty nester Rachel Mazursky offers to translate the book. Aliza’s surprising and poignant story compels Rachel to search for clues to the identity of the young woman’s murderer, but her quest for the truth unearths disturbing secrets about her own past as well as Aliza’s.
My favorite song is from my favorite album this year: Metric’s Now or Never Now off of their Art of Doubt album.
I love St. Vincent. The video for “Fast Slow Disco” is a sweaty night out, of which, I have had more than I could possibly count. Watch “Los Ageless” (my favorite song from 2017)
Unfortunately, Maren Morris’ pleas went unanswered this year. But that didn’t stop my gym inspiration.
The video is a mix of good memories and things you wish you didn’t remember. Charlie XCX and Troye Sivan don’t let you choose what you want from 1999.
MKEK. Add him to your gym playlist. You’re welcome
Kacey Musgraves’ “High Horse” song and video gives me life (and I have written/exclaimed that phrase only once). I seriously just want to go to a roller rink, feel the wind on my face, and forget all the bullshit.
Watch the video. Kayley Kiyoko has created an ear worm that you won’t mind one single bit.
I’m not the only one that loves Gorillaz. “Humility” is a top-down, open road drive to the beach we all need.
A YouTube comment describes Kamasi Washington’s “Street Fighter Mas” as a ‘song to butter your croissant to…’ I agree.
Where has Christine and the Queens been my whole life? Watch “5 Dollars” and just embrace the thoughts of maybe learning French and questioning your gender identity. It’s ok. Now watch “Tilted” and form your own performance art modern dance troop.
Janelle Monae’s “Make Me Feel” is exactly what we all need.
Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries), Billy Graham (cult leader), Hubert de Givenchy (fashion designer), Stephen Hawking (scientist), Linda Brown (civil rights activist), Barbara Bush (out-of-touch presidential family matriarch), Verne Troyer (actor), Tom Wolfe (author/journalist), Margot Kidder (actress), Philip Roth (author), Kate Spade (fashion designer), Anthony Bourdain (chef/author), Joe Jackson (music family patriarch), Charlotte Rae (actress), Aretha Franklin (singer/musician), Kofi Annan (statesman/diplomat), Robin Leach (television personality), John McCain (statesman/veteran), Neil Simon (playwright/author), Burt Reynolds (actor), Paul Allen (businessman/philanthropist), Stan Lee (artist), George H.W. Bush (41st president)
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