For the full list of books, see here.
I’m afraid I lack the time for a full-featured wrap-up, but I’ve summarized the relevant information into a table of handy stats. In short, the general makeup of this past year’s books was about the same, with slightly fewer re-reads.
The “swing and a miss” edition
- Missy Higgins – [On A Clear Night #09] Peachy
- Mogwai – [Come on Die Young #02] Cody
- Opeth – [My Arms, Your Hearse #02] April Ethereal
- Joaquin Rodrigo – [Concierto de Aranjuez (Romero) #10] Invocation et danse: 2. Allegro moderato: Polo
- Nightingale – [I #02] Still In The Dark
- Foo Fighters – [There Is Nothing Left To Lose #09] Headwires
- Swarm Of The Lotus – [When White Becomes Black #09] Episode Infinity
- Jason Falkner – [Presents Author Unknown #05] She Goes To Bed
- Michael Jackson – [Bad #04] Liberian Girl
- Gustav Mahler – [The Complete Symphonies CD9 #01] Symphony No.7 in E Minor – 1a. Langsam (Adagio)
The “Eastwood Charts” edition
- Nine Inch Nails – [The Downward Spiral #04] March of the Pigs
- Nine Inch Nails – [With Teeth [5.1] #12] Beside You In Time
- Virgos Merlot – [Signs of a Vacant Soul #12] Disregarding
- Beirut – [The Flying Club Cup #02] Nantes
- Sergio – [Swords #02] The Spendthrift
- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – [Nocturama #03] Right Out Of Your Hand
- John Vanderslice – [Pixel Revolt #09] Dear Sarah Shu
- Mogwai – [Happy Songs for Happy People #02] Moses? I Amn’t
- Mew – [And The Glass Handed Kites #05] Apocalypso
- Grails – [Doomsdayer’s Holiday #01] Doomsdayer’s Holiday
The “Is it summer yet?” edition.
- Zao – [Legendary #04] Suspend Suspension
- Pain of Salvation – [Entropia #12] Plains Of Dawn
- Cave In – [Perfect Pitch Black #09] Tension In The Ranks
- Paul Hindemith – [The 3 Piano Sonatas #03] Sonata No.1 III.Lebhaft
- Ben Folds – [Ben Folds Live #11] Army
- Leaves – [The Angela Test #04] As We Walk
- Feist – [Let It Die #09] Secret Heart
- Five Pointe O – [Untitled #05] Freedom?
- Nine Inch Nails – [The Fragile CD1 #11] La Mer
- Enslaved – [Below The Lights #04] Queen Of Night
- Downtown Owl
- Publisher: Scribner
- Year: 2008
- Pages: 288
I’m familiar with Chuck Klosterman’s work from reading Chuck Klosterman IV and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. I have not, however, read what is probably the most pertinent work in this case—Fargo Rock City—though I am familiar with Klosterman’s predilection for the Midwest (North Dakota especially) as a narrative theme. His consistent juxtaposition of the urban sensibilities of the hyperliterate and the trendy with the inherent backwardness of small Midwestern towns is both a little old and still remarkably effective.