I read 27 books in 2018. Did not hit my goal. I’ll try to step it up for 2019. So many books so little time. Here is my Top 10.
- The Man With The Golden Arm – Nelsen Algren
- The Road to Wigan Pier – George Orwell
- The White Album – Joan Didion
- Never Come Morning – Nelsen Algren
- The Fall – Albert Camus
- The Crossing – Cormac McCarthy
- Paterson – William Carlos Williams
- The Other Shore – Thich Nhat Hanh
- Young Once – Patrick Modiano
- Rabbit At Rest – John Updike
“Got ya for the Greek, Lefthander. Two witnesses.”
“Knew I’d never get t’ be twenty-one anyhow.”
Have you noticed that Amsterdam’s concentric canals resemble the circles of hell? The middle-class hell, of course, peopled with bad dreams. When one comes from the outside, as one gradually goes through those circles, life – and hence its crimes – becomes denser, darker. Here we are in the last circle.
Some cats just swing that way…
“Standing amid the tan, excited post-Christmas crowd at the Southwest Florida Regional Airport, Rabbit Angstrom has a funny sudden feeling that what he has come to meet, what’s floating in unseen about to land, is not his son Nelson and daughter-in-law Pru and their two children but something more ominous and intimately his: his own death, shaped vaguely like an airplane.”
The dome of the moon rose out of the ground white and frat and membranous.
Anyone want to talk about any of these books I would be happy to discuss. Your comments are welcome. Each book was special in its own way and I would be hard pressed to say which one I like the best.
I read 34 books in 2017. Short of my goal of 50. This year I set my goal at 48 and will up my game.
Of the 34 books I read here are my top 10 favorites:
- The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy
- A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
- Across the River and into the Trees, by Ernest Hemingway
- Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, by Simone de Beauvoir
- Old Path White Clouds, by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Sabbath’s Theater, by Philip Roth
- The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
- Shakespeare The Inventor of the Human, by Harold Bloom
- So you Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood, by Patrick Modiano
The God of Small Things is by far my favorite book of the year.
What are some of yours?
Top 10 Best Movies for 2017
2017 was a pretty good year for the movies. What I liked was the movies I liked were spread out pretty evenly throughout the year. Although, I did have to play catch up at the beginning of this year (2018) to see all the movies I wanted and needed to see.
My criteria for making the top 10 list were that first of all I had to actually see the film, secondly I had to really really like the film. It had to resonate with me. From there I looked at acting, writing, directing, cinematography, originality, story, thought provoking ideas, and technical aspects.
Here, then is my list of the top 10 movies for 2017.
- Blade Runner
- The Shape of Water
- The Phantom Thread
- The Killing of a Sacred Deer
- Baby Driver
- Get Out!
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Misouri
- Atomic Blonde
Other films I liked but didn’t make the cut:
- The Darkest Hour
- I, Tonya
- The Post
- Lady Bird
Top 10 Best Lines from Raymond Chandler’s Little Sister
- She had a low lingering voice with sort of a moist caress in it like a damp bath towel.
- She looked almost as hard to get as a haircut.
- She smelled the way the Taj Mahal looks by moonlight.
- She picked a cigarette out of a box, tossed it in the air, caught it between her lips effortlessly and lit it from a match that came from nowhere.
- “Shut up, you slimy, blackmailing, keyhole peeper!”
- She put a couple of cold blue bullets into me with her eyes.
- She looked as if it would take a couple of weeks to get her dressed.
- She reached up and pulled a fingertip down the side of my cheek. It burned like a hot iron.
- Marlowe, a private detective. Not the brainiest guy in the world, but cheap. He started out cheap and he ended cheaper still.
- It could have been a beautiful friendship. Except for the ice pick, of course.
“Do you always wear black?”
“Yes. It is more exciting when I take my clothes off.”
“Do you have to talk like a whore?”
“You do not know very much about whores, amigo. They are always most respectable. Except of course the very cheap ones.”
For the Holiday Season
Here’s looking at you kid.
Blessed be he whose blood and judgement is so well commingled that he is not a pipe for fortune’s fingers to play what stop she pleases.
May the devil cut off the toes of our foes that we may know them by their limping.
Here’s to plain speaking and clear understanding.
He who has dined with his friends but once knows what it’s like to be Caesar!
To the constitution of the United States and confusion to its enemies.
Here’s to wives and girl friends. May they never meet!
She was only a grave digger’s daughter but you should have seen her under the sod.
May you be in Heaven fifteen minutes before the devil knows you are dead.
Cheers! Down the hatch mate!