Well, I always wanted to do a top ten list - top ten albums, movies, books - but this seems to be a luxury of professional critics, who have listened to most of the albums, watched most of the movies, and read most of the books from 2008. Intead, I've made a list of ten things I really liked about 2008. In no particular order, and definitely not comprehensive, but still, good things.
- Bon Iver - spare, beautiful, moving music
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy - also spare, beautiful, and moving. Actually published in 2006, but I just read it last week.
- Religion Dispatches - I love reading the articles on this site. Almost always something fresh and insightful about religion.
- Really good superhero movies - Iron Man, Hellboy II, The Dark Knight. Entertaining, imaginative, and occasionally a little disturbing.
- Turning Away from Jesus by Garret Keizer. This is one the best pieces of religion writing I've ever read.
- Meeting Sarah. She's my girlfriend.
- Fewer death sentences in Texas. Including the Quintero life sentence, thanks to the hard work of my coworkers.
- The election of Barack Obama - Yeah, I know, kind of obvious.
- Magazines - I have discovered that they are filled with good things. Newsweek, The Atlantic, Harper's (I really love Harper's), even Esquire.
- Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog - Hilarious, original, even strangely touching.
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