Shortlists; or In the Last 2 Months:

  1. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Oh, Holden. You are everyone at some point in time. You just want to slap him and tell him to go home, already! A great story for a NYC timeline.
  2. I'm Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. On the opposite end of the timeline, Josh could be Holden in his 20s. Amazing account of a drag queens' experience in the city.
  3. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Equally amazing is the graphic novel account of the creator/artist/writer of Dykes to Watch Out For experiences with her father growing up and his death/suicide while in college.
  4. Dry by Augusten Burroughs. A not-as-funny sequel to Running With Sissors, but just as good. Dry finds Augusten in recovery from his wild teen years and alcoholism.
  5. Rats by Robert Sullivan. I was expecting mind-blowingly great and got mediocre. Rats was an ok account of rat observation in the city. I wanted more science, more facts and got some dude blabbing on about garbarge strikes and his own unhealthy rat obsession.


  1. The Knife - Pass This On
  2. The Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health
  3. Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh
  4. 2 Guys (For Every Girl) - Peaches
  5. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground - Nina Persson

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