2009 Book & Music Recap

This is the first part of my annual recap of my year in media. Tomorrow I will probably look back at the movies of ’09.

I didn’t really keep up with music this year as much as I normally do. But in no particular order, the releases I was most fond of from this year were:

1. Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
2. Chuck Ragan – Gold Country
3. A.A. Bondy – When the Devil’s Loose
4. Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
5. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – s/t
6. The Monsters of Folk – s/t
7. M. Ward – Hold Time
8. Mindy Smith – Stupid Love

I should probably confess to loving half of Only By the Night but hating myself for it.

The books I read this year are listed below. I again fell short of my goal, but in this age of illiteracy I consider any number over zero to be a personal triumph.


  1. A Happy Death by Albert Camus
  2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  3. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  4. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  5. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  7. Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski
  8. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
  9. Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
  10. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  11. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  12. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  13. The Fall by Albert Camus
  14. The Plague by Albert Camus
  15. The Shack by William P. Young
  16. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  17. Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson


  1. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
  2. Against Joie de Vivre by Phillip Lopate
  3. An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis
  4. Bachelorhood by Phillip Lopate
  5. Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
  6. High Crimes: the Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas
  7. Interventions by Noam Chomsky
  8. Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor
  9. Portrait of My Body by Phillip Lopate
  10. The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  11. The New Christians by Tony Jones
  12. The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose
  13. The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
  14. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

3 thoughts on “2009 Book & Music Recap

  1. Interestingly enough, we read a few of the same books.

    Breakfast of Champions, Fahrenheit 451, The Shack, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.

    After reading your posts and year-end recaps, I took out two pieces of paper and began making lists of media consumed in 2010, and barring disposal by my well-intentioned wife, I’ll follow your lead in posting year end lists next Jan. Until then, take ‘er easy, Dude.

    1. What’d you think of The Shack? I’m guessing, like me, that you didn’t read it because you’d heard what a stunning work of literature it was.

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