I’ve moved cities again. Discovered The Wire. Discovered Lisbon. Lost two great venues. Listened to a claxon on the summit of the Empire State Building, illuminated midnight New York stretching out below. Read in a tree. Opened an envelope too quickly, thought about it too slowly. Got an e-mail. Got a text. Walked an enormous number of streets. Saw some awful films. Failed to go in an inflatible Quasar. Got charged fifteen quid for a bowl of cereal. Been gangsta in front of Five Ways Tower. Played in a toilet. Snuck into a lecture. Read some adverts. Thrown a stick for a dog in salt marshes on a perfect day. Half-watched the first fifteen minutes of The Lion King. Fully watched every minute of The Devil’s Backbone (in arctic conditions) and Lord of the Rings (in sickening conditions). Invented a duck and a detective. Saved the Peug’s life, chilled with cheese, seen a train turning, learned about life, and love, and forgot most of it. Got given a thermos.
I’m disappointed because I feel like all the big opportunities of the year were ones I failed to capitalise upon, and whilst most of them went of pretty well the thing could have been a lot better if I’d approached it with more vim, which I suppose is something to learn from.
But really, there’s not much point really in doing the 2008 < 2007 sad. They really are just groups of days, as the swindler has been reminding me whenever I say "A year ago I was doing this..." in a forlorn voice. Still, I think it's good to have anniversaries and times to remember things, like this one, if only because it steels my determination to try and make more out of the arbitrary group which lies ahead.
I can already picture myself doing this next year, remembering this moment, so long ago and yet so recent, reading these words, reacting to them I’m not sure how yet. Time is very weird, but obviously we have no choice but to go along with it.
On which note… Happy New Year.
Not necessarily the best things of this year, but the things that are most “this year” about this year-
‘The Floating Admiral’ Detective Club
‘Bleak House’ Dickens
‘Picadilly Jim’ Wodehouse
‘The Master and Margarita’ Bulgakov
‘Swordfishtrombone’ Tom Waits
‘Feel Good Ghosts’ Cloud Cult
‘Super Taranta’ Gogol Bordello
‘Hold On Now, Youngster’ Los Campesinos!
‘The Good, The Bad and The Queen’ The Good, The Bad and The Queen
‘Skinny Love’ Bon Iver
‘Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side’ The Magnetic Fields
‘The Swimming Song’ Loudon Wainwright III
‘Not a Thug’ Plastic Little
‘I Can’t Bring the Time Back’ Misty’s Big Adventure
Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
The World Ends With You
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3