Because what I've got here is actually a list of the top 3 movies, books, and albums I watched, read, and listened to in 2013. They're not necessarily movies, books, or albums that were released, published, or dropped in 2013. In fact, I don't think any of them are.
Top 3 Movies
|Les emotifs anonymes|
Les émotifs anonymes (2010): Yeah, it's French. Don't bust my balls. I watched it on Netflix and it was listed as Romantics Anonymous, with English subtitles. So you too can watch this movie and be entertained! Actually, it's pretty much the polar opposite to Pariah. I can't believe I turned it on, because I hate romantic comedies, but this film about two chocolatiers with social anxiety disorder is just so motherfucking cute that I couldn't get enough. I watched it twice.
Monsieur Ibrahim (2003): Omar Sharif and a kid star in this film set in Paris in the 60's. Just a great movie. I'm a sucker for inter-generational friendships. Also French. So what? Stop calling me a snob.
Top 3 Books
Stephen King On Writing: This thoughtful gift from my girlfriend was my first encounter with Stephen King, if you can believe it. I would call this a book "of special interest to writers" rather than a book "for writers" because I think any reader would find it entertaining. There's a ton of autobiography, and in fact relatively little "on writing" but... oh well. It's still great.
Opening Up by Tristan Taormino: I think I've reviewed this guide to creating and sustaining open relationships at least twice on the blog (and on other blogs, and on Amazon) so I won't go into too much detail. Suffice to say this is a great book for anyone, whether or not you're in/considering open relationships. If you've got issues with jealousy (in or out of romantic/sexual relationships), this book could be really helpful.
Missing Pieces by Joy Fielding: My reason for including this book is kind of weird. Joy Fielding sometimes teaches writing courses through my Alma Mater's continuing education department, but I've never read her work. Missing Pieces is an older book (from 1997?) and as I read it I was amazed by how many of my own writing mistakes I could pick out of her work. It's always easier to see your faults in other people, but I still hold this stupid belief that other authors are "real authors" and I'm a fake. When I see faults my editors catch in a respected writer's published book, I feel a little less like a fraud.
Top 3 Albums
|Snowblink: Inner Classics|
Snowblink: Inner Classics (2012): Only half an hour of music on this disc of surf songs, but buy it if you have trouble sleeping. This is the perfect lullaby album. That sounds like an insult, but it's not. The songs are gorgeous.
|Austra: Feel It Break|
Austra: Feel It Break (2011): Trippy and hypnotic, this album has been my anthem since I bought it in the summer. I have no idea what she's saying half the time, but I don't care. I like to be mesmerized by music and Feel It Break does the trick.
|Love This Giant|
St. Vincent and David Byrne: Love This Giant (2012): This album won my heart the first time I heard the first track playing on CBC Radio. I've never heard anything like it. Jazz ensembles, which vary by track, come together in this inter-generational collaboration (hey hey!) to produce some wonderful, weird-ass music. I've played this album for everyone close to me and when it starts they screw up their faces and say, "What IS this?" and when it ends they say, "Can we listen to it again?" Every. Time.
Top 3 Me
What's so great about them? They're just smut. And, what's worse, they're taboo smut. They've all been banned by Amazon, and, more recently, Kobo. Don't even
So what makes three novellas about a brother and sister fucking unapologetically my best of 2013? Well... because they are SMUT. Just like it says on the packet. They're not trying to be anything they're not. They're three books full of sex. And
In fact, screw 2013, Adam and Sheree's Family Vacation, Family Business, and Family Christmas are the best books I've ever written.
Over to you: which movies, books, and albums made an impact on you in 2013?
Happy New Year,