Time is becoming downright relentless. One minute you’re compiling your list of favorite things from 2012, polishing it off, thinking it might even look fashionably forward to release the thing a few weeks after 2013 has begun and before you know it suddenly it’s 2014. That’s right, kids, that best of 2012 post never got published.
So to nip this thing in the bud of 2014 I present to you my favorite things from 2013 (that I’ve remembered in the past 48 hours):
Literally everything about Spike Jonze’s Her, Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha, Amy Adams in anything, anything put out by Annapurna Pictures, the lighting and music of Inside Llewyn Davis, those first two long takes that open Before Midnight, “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake, “Diane Young” by Vampire Weekend, “Tennis Court” by Lorde, “This Charming Man” by the Smiths, the entire Lightning album by Matt and Kim, Readability, the redesigned New York Times app, Vine, Tweetbot, Clash of Clans, the Walking Dead video game, Arkham Origins for iOS, Comics, Venmo, Heyday, the worlds of comics, writing, alt lit and gifs as seen through Tumblr, Rap Genius, my iPad Air, my third Nike Fuelband, “Hawkeye”, anything written by Matt Fraction or illustrated by David Aja, “Understanding Comics”, “New York Four” and “New York Five”, “Day Tripper”, “Saga”, “Batman Incorporated”, “The Walking Dead”, “The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham, “Jesus’ Son” by Denis Johnson, “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson, getting to read the New Yorker on my commute, the Breaking Bad Insider podcast, the Monday B.S. Report podcast with Cousin Sal, the comiXologist, War Rocket Ajax, Talking Comics, Welcome to Night Vale, Drive to Work with Mark Rosewater, the Blackhawks championship, the unstoppable tandem of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, Josh McCown, any running play against the Bears defense that resulted in a gain of less than 5 yards, Atlantic City with the OMGPop crew, clubbing with the Entourage crew, launching a mobile game from the NY studio, indie movies with Jenny, visiting Stephen on the set of his Happy Baby movie, Tokyo robot girls with Honmun and Felicia, Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “The Comedy of Errors”, the weekend of debauchery in New Orleans with the San Francisco bachelor party crew, road tripping on the west coast with Kishan, the circle boat tour with Angie, Robby and Nadia’s wedding in New York with Kate, Seeyew and Katie’s wedding in Madison, chicken sandwiches with Chad at Corner Bistro, Tom & Jerry’s with the NY office crew, the unanticipated but much welcome migration of Bay Area writer friends to New York, any gathering involving said writer friends, Duff’s Bar with Anthony, Ryan and Nate, the Stanford-Oregon game at SNAP bar, Chad and Emily’s pumpkin party, any drinking and/or eating session with Tom and Doris, Magic nights with Tom and Thebao, the weather at Lincoln Financial Stadium during the Bears’ epic loss to the Eagles, walking the streets of Chicago with Sara and Kishan, any event at Housing Works Bookstore, any random encounter with a celebrity, any form of ramen, any form of bagel, chicken and rice from the Halal Guys, La Colombe coffee, Shamas Deli, “Day of the Doctor” with Anthony, “Girls” and “The Newsroom” with Angie, the entire buildup leading to and throughout the last 8 episodes of “Breaking Bad”, the ridiculously good cliffhanger for the “To’hajiilee” episode of “Breaking Bad”, the “Ozymandias” episode of “Breaking Bad”, the pop culture explosion of “Breaking Bad”, anything having to do with anything about “Breaking Bad”.
Let’s do this, 2014.