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Non-Specific Top However-Many-Items-I-Can-Think-of List for 2008


Being asked to compile a best-of list always makes me happy that I have a blog, because I can never remember anything, not even pop culture that I've enjoyed in a 12-month period. But I have a "plop culture" category that I spent a few minutes perusing this morning and I said a lot of things like, "Oh, YEAH, that WAS awesome!"

  • Not surprisingly, The Wire starts off my list. Sure, the last season was flawed, but as a whole, the series is sure to go down as one of the most important examinations of urban life and social class ever. I say that without an ounce of hyperbole. It was epic but gritty, Shakespearean and uncomfortably realistic, tragically sad and heartrendingly funny. I miss the characters as though they were old friends of mine.
  • Untrue by Burial is technically from 2007, but I listened to it a lot this year. I can listen to it when I'm feeling mopey or blissful, it's that versatile.
  • Initially, I loved There Will Be Blood because it was awesome and because...well...Daniel Day-Lewis. Now I think I love it mostly because it made I Drink Your Milkshake possible.

  • The Steelers and the Penguins, because I bleed black and gold, and a big ups to the New York Giants for defeating the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
  • New Amerykah, Pt. 1 by Erykah Badu. I had kind of forgotten about this album but I remember now that I was rocking it pretty much all the time at the beginning of the year. Will have to revisit. Also:

  • Wall-E made postapocalyptic life seem manageable and almost hopeful. I can hang if he's going to be there.
  • I won't front about what I love most about Iron Man: Robert Downey Jr. being all sweaty and smiting stuff in a cave and Jon Favreau being behind the camera.
  • Okay, yes, Juno was also technically from 2007 but I was late to the party and didn't see it until April. I don't think I'll ever be able to watch that movie without bawling. Being a mom is really tough. Being a young mom/pregnant woman and muscling your way through life when everyone just wants to judge you is heroic. The character of Juno and I cried a lot of the same tears so this movie will always have a place in my heart.
  • I got to see Eddie Izzard in May and sat literally a few feet away from him in the front row. That I was able to refrain from lunging over and grabbing his legs remains one of my greatest accomplishments.

  • I will admit that my Wii Fit has been sitting lonely and neglected under our TV console for quite some time now, waiting for me to get my act together and make it part of my routine again. Despite the trainer's sometimes judgmental tone and the balance board's tendency to gasp when I step on it, the Wii Fit really is a cool toy. Soon baby, soon. I promise. I just gotta make some cookies first. And eat all of them. And wash them down with bacon. And alcohol.
  • Being a grad student and a mom and a full-time worker and a freelance writer, I don't have a lot of time to read books for fun. But I did read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and I truly psychotically loved it. READ NOW.
  • Paul Newman and David Foster Wallace just for existing and doing what they did.
  • Do you want to hear something totally crazy? I didn't see Top Gun until a few months ago. True story! And I loved it, of course, but I might love this a little more:

  • The iPhone kool-aid: I drinkz it.

  • I didn't realize how badly I was in need of hot, dirty (literally), southern, vampire sex until True Blood came into my life. I am truly all the better for it.

  • I also didn't realize how badly I was in need of Don Draper. I heart Mad Men. It's so wrong and yet...so right.

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Eddie Izzard!! My husband and I went to see him when he came to Pittsburgh, too! Of course we were in the balcony so I couldn't even be tempted to lunge at his legs without first flinging myself of the balcony so... I'm jealous you were that close!
I LOVE him.

I also love Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. Fabulous :)


Ha! I didn't see Top Gun until a couple of months ago either! Wasn't it a completely fab combination of total bollocks and utter awesomeness??


I didn't get all the fuss about There Will Be Blood. Daniel Day Lewis was indeed fantastic in it, but NOTHING EVER HAPPENED. Oh how I wanted that 1200 hours of my life back.


I Drink Your Milkshake. That skit was so freaking hilarious, it actually made me GLAD I had seen that movie just to appreciate the jokes.


Kelly, thank god you exist, and i love you. twin souls, we are. xoxo

ps: yes, i so totally want to get in your pants.

pps: what?

ppps: Hi Tom!


PLOP CULTURE. Good lord, I think I just shat my pants at teh awesomeness of that phrase.

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