A Few of My Favourite Things: 2011

Below are some of my favourite things from the past year. Books, television, movies, music…it’s all here. I’m not doing reviews or overviews this year. If it’s here, it’s good.  Am I that confident? Yes. But there’s also links for many of the items in case you don’t trust me.

On a personal note, I was very proud of two projects I worked on this year, The Trimalchio Project and The Bouchard Comic Book Collection catalogue and exhibit. Thanks again to all those who helped me along the way.

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TV
Parks & Recreation, Treme, Community, Modern Family, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Movies
Moneyball, Harry Potter 8, The Muppets, Captain America, Super 8, Bridesmaids
Still need to see: Midnight in Paris, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Crazy Stupid Love, Attack the Block, Drive

Books
Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Ready Player 1 by Ernest Cline

One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

344 Questions by Stefan G. Bucher

Art of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories edited by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan

On Booze by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C.

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

Still need to read: 1Q84, The Extra 2%, Why We Broke Up, In the Garden of Beasts, Just My Type, Embassytown

Book Design
Parker: Martini Edition by Darwyn Cooke

Malcolm Gladwell: Collected by Malcolm Gladwell

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Penguin Deluxe Classics)

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Penguin Deluxe Classics)

Flipbacks

Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Penguin Classics)

Novels of Chester Himes (Penguin Modern Classics)

Music
Bon Iver-Bon Iver

Ashes and Fire -Ryan Adams

The King is Dead -Decemberists

Kiss Each Other Clean -Iron & Wine

Departing -Rural Alberta Advantage

House of Balloons/Thursday/Echoes of Silence-The Weeknd

Barton Hallow -The Civil Wars

Elsie-Horrible Crowes

Matthew Barber-Matthew Barber

So Beautiful or So What-Paul Simon

Undun-The Roots

The Head and the Heart-The Head and the Heart (2010 and 2011 release)

Apple/Apps
iPhone 4/4S

iPad2

Flipboard

Instagram

Hipstamatic

Ticket to Ride

On the Road Amplified

Wired Magazine

Other
Olympus E-PL2

Olloclip

Decoder ring

Out of Print Clothing

Star Wars Moleskine

Victoria Gin

Muppet Vinylmation

The Black Keys concert

The comics of Mike Winters

Kickpuncher (Gin or Vodka/Red Bull/Cranberry Canada Dry/Frozen Cranberries/Ice)

Best of 11 Mix
Walking Far From Home-Iron & Wine
Holocene-Bon Iver
Change the Sheets-Kathleen Edwards
Tornado ’87-The Rural Alberta Advantage
Black Betty & the Moon-The Horrible Crowes
So Beautiful or So What-Paul Simon
Calamity Song-The Decemberists
Poison & Wine-The Civil Wars
Dark Turn Of Mind-Gillian Welch
Lucky Now-Ryan Adams
Blue Forever-Matthew Barber
About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help At All-Dan Mangan
Loft Music-The Weeknd
You See Me-Childish Gambino
Ni**as in Paris-Kanye West & Jay Z
Sister-The Black Keys
Rent Party-Booker T. Jones
Holdin’ On To Black Metal-My Morning Jacket
Boxer-The Gaslight Anthem

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