Best Serious Read: Joan Didion's Blue Nights
Read it. You will read nothing better this year. It will break your heart. It may also help mend your heart.
Love, loss, heartbreak, mortality, and denial. We all know these things. Joan Didion has the courage to write about them.
Best Crazy-Ass Fun on Basic Cable: American Horror
Two words: Jessica Lange.
She will creep you the hell out. The show is full of holes and faults, but it's as much fun as a carnival ride, and Lange is deliciously twisted.
Best Cheap Amazon Download: Diminished Capacity
Girl meets girl. Girl gets dumped by girl. Girl throws away promising Hollywood career for meth addiction and adventures in identity theft. AND IT'S ALL TRUE.
Julie Hansen's self-published ebook could use some editing, and it takes a little while to get used to her fast-paced, stream-of-consciousness writing, but it's well worth it. A friend who read it likened it to having a conversation with a really smart, witty speed freak - you may have to put it down, every so often, but you wont be able to help picking it up, again.
Six dollars you'll be glad you spent.
Best Illustration of Why The Internet Is Awesome: Was Monroe Raped?
Watch it. All the way through. And, yes, I totally remember this.
Best Thing To Happen to Kid's Lit: TOON Books
The best of comic book art meets great writing for beginning readers. They're awesome. I started with Luke on the Loose, and ended up buying the entire set of Toon Books for my nephew, who's discovered the joy of reading.
Best Artist To Watch Out For: Jenn Hayes
I discovered her stuff by accident via a friend on Facebook, and immediately fell in love with her creativity and playful style. I had to buy one of her papercrafting pieces for myself. And then another for friends who were celebrating their 25th anniversary. Watch this space: Jenn Hayes is going to be big.