Stuff I Enjoyed In 2006

by Bob Sassone

It's the end of Best and Worst Week here at PBJ (sigh). Here's my list:

***

I
won't bother with the worst because, really, who cares about that
stuff? I don't want to waste time or typing energy listing stuff you
should avoid.

I don't see as many movies as I'd like to see.
That's one of my New Year's resolutions: see more movies, even if I have
to see them alone, sitting in the dark by myself, eating a large box of
Goobers. I did see Casino Royale, and even though it sounds
like a cliche, this really does reboot the entire franchise, and Daniel
Craig is fantastic as Bond. And Factotum was good. Not great, but well worth seeing.

I watch a lot of television, of course, and there are some great shows on the air right now: The Office, Heroes, Studio 60, Ugly Betty, Jericho, The Daily Show/The Colbert Report, Entourage, Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock. There are also some great things that debuted in 06 but are no longer on the air, like Day Break and The Nine. Oh well.

I'm
not up on music as much as I used to be. I buy what I like off iTunes,
and if it's an artist I truly love I'll buy the CD. Duncan Sheik has a
new greatest hits out, and it's terrific. Tina Dico's new album is
really nice. I saw her perfom at the Border's in Boston early in 06 and
immediately bought the CD. iTunes is great for buying songs you've heard
on the radio and you have no idea who does them, like “So Sick” by Ne
Yo, “Satellite” by Guster, and “When Did You Fall” by Chris Rice. Hey, I
even liked “Irreplaceable” by Beyonce.

Yeah.

Ari Hest has
some great new stuff out too, and I've been playing “Death of the
Party” by the Keene Brothers and everything by Keane (I'm keen on Keane
and Keene) nonstop. I also played Michael Buble' and Dean Martin a lot.

Books. I read a lot of non-fiction this year (lots of books containing letters, historical books, the two books about Jeopardy from Ken Jennings and Bob Harris, Hello, The Agent Lied
by Ian Gurvitz, the new collection from Andy Rooney, and Bob Newhart's
autobiography), though I really enjoyed short story collections by
Charles Yu (Third Class Superhero) and John Dufresne (Johnny Too Bad
– from 2005 but I read it in paperback this year). I also became
obsessed with Charles Bukowski for a while there, and really enjoyed Hang On To Me As If I Knew The Way by Bryan Charles, The Blonde by Duane Swierczynski, and It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

My favorite book of the year? I Like You, by Amy Sedaris.

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