my favorite books, films, albums of 2017

I hate ranking works of art. I had judging works of art, criticizing. Yet I love year end lists, particularly those that push me toward works I otherwise would not have discovered. So please take these lists in that spirit. I have not ranked any of these works, and the number of works included within each list is purely arbitrary. If an album felt like it belonged a list, I did not exclude it, no matter how many other works were already on the list.

30 Favorite Books I read for the first time this year
The Studio of Giacometti by Jean Genet
Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao
AVA by Carole Maso
Hackers by Aase Berg
Nova Express by William S. Burrough
Under the Sign of Saturn by Susan Sontag
Which once had been a meadow by Ann Jaderlund
Haunted Weather: Music, Silence and Memory by David Toop
The Planetarium by Nathalie Sarraute
Just Kids by Patti Smith
The Poetics of Reverie by Gaston Bachelard
The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector
Gathering Evidence: A Memoir by Thomas Bernhard
The Letters of Vincent van Gogh by Vincent van Gogh
How It Is by Samuel Beckett
Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer by Arthur Lubow
Hour of the Wolf by M Kitchell
The Raw and the Cooked by Claire Hero (manuscript)
Collected Poems by Georges Bataille
Martereau by Nathalie Sarraute
Possession, Dominion by Katy Mongeau (manuscript)
Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud
The Red Barn by Nat Baldwin
Third-Millennium Heart by Ursula Andkjaer Olsen
Empire of the Senseless by Kathy Acker
In the Deep by Pierre Guyotat
The Way of Florida by Russell Persson
Les Chants de Maldoror by Comte de Lautreamont
Kafka by Deleuze and Guattari
Eden, Eden, Eden by Pierre Guyotat

 

12 favorite films of 2017
Phantom Thread (Anderson)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Twin Peaks: The Return (Lynch)
Personal Shopper (Assayas)
Lady Macbeth (Oldroyd)
Wormwood (Morris)
Song to Song (Malick)
Lady Bird (Gerwig)
It Comes at Night (Shults)
David Lynch: The Art Life (Neergaard-Holm/Barnes/Nguyen)
Dawson City: Frozen Time (Morrison)
The Beguiled (Coppola)

Favorite Music of 2017
Bastet by LCC
Laughter by Tiny Vipers
Party by Aldous Harding
Stellula by Rose Elinor Dougall
Fantasii by MHYSA
A Shadow in Time by William Basinski
HUNTER HUNTRESS HAWKER by Laura Cannell
Utopia by Bjork
Love Sick by Talsounds
Reaching for Indigo by Circuit Des Yeux
Ariadna by Kedr Livanskiy
Indelicate Skies by Pinkcourtesyphone
Reflex in Waves by Ross Manning
Contact by Pharmakon
Plunge by Fever Ray
Endless Revisions by Chloé
Masseduction by St Vincent
Three Futures by Torres
Hiss Spun by Chelsea Wolfe
AVANTI by Alessandro Cortini
Aromanticism by Moses Sumney
Okovi by Zola Jesus
The Dirty Projectors by the Dirty Projectors
All My Circles Run by Sarah Davachi
Exile in the Outer Ring by EMA
American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
TFCF by Liars
Anthology Resource Vol 1 by Dean Hurley
Painted Ruins by Grizzly Bear
The Shameless Years by Rafael Anton Irisarri
Lack by Pan Daijing
ADD VIOLENCE by Nine Inch Nails
Latent Whispers by Kite Base
Glare by Roe Enney
Everybody Works by Jay Som
And Right Lines Limit and Close All Bodies by The Inward Circles
Soft Sounds From Another Planet by Japanese Breakfast
Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
Awkwardly Blissing Out by F Ingers
Like Author, Like Daughter by Midwife
Glitter in my tears by Janek Schaefer
Arca by Arca
It by Alan Vega
Dasein by Richard H. Kirk
Rock N Roll Consciousness by Thurston Moore
Cruel Optimism by Lawrence English
Forget by Xiu Xiu
Damn. by Kendrick Lamar
RTJ3 by Run the Jewels

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