As December brings 2009 to a close, I was thinking I wanted to dedicate some of my blogging time this month to summing up the highlights of 2009 in the various areas this blog discusses. So, there’ll be a bit about writing, a bit about politics and a bit about popular culture.
For December’s Absolute Write Blog Chain, I thought I’d sum up my best books, albums and movies for 2009 to go under ‘popular culture.’ Note that this is my best of 2009, the stuff I’ve read, listened to or watched, and they might not necessarily have been made in 2009.
Book: The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
At the start of the year, I ripped through this book really quickly, hooked by the strong and unique voice; I really couldn’t put it down.
The White Tiger, a story about life as a servant in India, is also exceptional for its blatant class politics. Whilst gritty and imperfect at times, Adiga illustrates class society so well, the rich and the poor, the haves and the have nots.
Honourable mentions to King Rat by China Miéville, and possibly if I finish it, The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Album: The Majority – Mammal
This was really hard to pick and I basically had to write a short list of all the albums I played to death this year.
I discovered Mammal this year at Big Day Out, a left-wing Melbourne hard rock band, with awesome political lyrics against capitalism and oppression coupled with heavy, energizing music and a mean live act.
Their debut album The Majority was the soundtrack of my 2009, playing songs like Smash the Piñata on the way to protests this year, psyching me up.
It’s a real shame they broke up a few months ago, but I know anything front man, Ezekiel Ox produces next will be just as awesome.
Special mentions go to Crash Love from AFI, The Poison from Bullet for my Valentine, Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair from La Dispute and Sound Awake from Karnivool.
[REC], the Spanish original of which Quarantine was based on, is easily the scariest movie I’ve seen ever.
A zombie movie shown through the camera of a documentary filmmaker, it feels so real as it follows a reporter quarantined inside an apartment block where strange attacks have happened.
The violence and suspense kept me on edge the whole time as people were picked off one by one leading to a terrifying ending as the mystery unfolds when it’s too late.
Special mention goes to Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story, District 9 and Frontier(s)
They’re my top book, album and movie of 2009. Feel free to add your own in the comments section
December Blog Chain Participants
Lost Wanderer – http://www.lostwanderer5.blogspot.com
Claire Crossdale – http://theromanticqueryletter.blogspot.com/
coryleslie – http://corrinejackson.wordpress.com/
bsolah – http://benjaminsolah.com/blog
DavidZahir – http://zahirblue.blogspot.com/
RavenCorinnCarluk – http://ravencorinncarluk.blogspot.com
Ralph Pines – http://ralfast.wordpress.com/
shethinkstoomuch – http://shethinkstoomuch.wordpress.com
Lady Cat – http://www.randomwriterlythoughts.blogspot.com
truelyana – http://expressiveworld.com
misaditas – http://misaditas-novels.blogspot.com/
collectonian – http://collectonian.livejournal.com
laharrison – http://lesleyharrison.wordpress.com/
beawhiz – http://beawrites.wordpress.com
razibahmed – http://www.blogging37.com
FreshHell – http://freshhell.wordpress.com
AlissaC – http://alissacarleton.blogspot.com
Aimee – http://writing.aimeelaine.com