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Lists for 2001

I did it last year, so here we go again.

Top Ten Movies I Saw This Year

  1. You Can Count On Me
  2. Shadow of the Vampire
  3. A.I.
  4. Thirteen Days
  5. Best in Show
  6. The Man Who Wasn't There
  7. Moulin Rouge
  8. Memento
  9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  10. Monkeybone

Honourable mention seen at the very end of 2000: Meet the Parents. Doesn't include movies released before 2001, or else I'd have slotted in Pleasantville and Run Lola Run.

Top Ten Books I Read This Year

Unlike last year, I actually had plenty to choose from this time.

  1. Philip Gourevitch, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
  2. Matthew Kneale, English Passengers
  3. James Hawes, Dead Long Enough
  4. Tony Hawks, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis
  5. Michael Frayn, Headlong
  6. Robert Charles Wilson, Darwinia
  7. Nick Hornby, Fever Pitch
  8. Jon Ronson, Them: Adventures in Extremism
  9. Ben Hatch, The Lawnmower Celebrity
  10. Bill Bryson, Down Under

Pipped at the post: Neal Stephenson, The Big U; Stuart Stevens, Night Train to Turkistan (haven't finished reading it yet); Jonathan Carroll, The Panic Hand.

Top Ten CDs I Bought This Year

  1. Muse, Origin of Symmetry (Mushroom)
  2. The Chemical Brothers, Surrender (Virgin)
  3. Mo' Horizons, Come Touch the Sun (Stereo Deluxe)
  4. Ben Folds Five, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (550)
  5. Ben Folds, Rockin' the Suburbs (Epic)
  6. Radiohead, Amnesiac (Parlophone)
  7. Semisonic, All About Chemistry (MCA)
  8. Coldplay, Parachutes (Island)
  9. Goldfrapp, Felt Mountain (Mute)
  10. Neil Finn, One Nil (Parlophone)

Not quite there: Jodi Phillis, In Dreams I Live; Pulp, We Love Life; Spiritualized, Let It Come Down; Ash, Free All Angels; The Proclaimers, Persevere; Travis, The Invisible Band; Sigur Ros, Agaetis Byrjun; Mint Royale, On the Ropes; Sinead O'Connor, Faith and Courage.

Cities I Visited This Year

And will before the end of the year: Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Some Later Additions

To Movies: Ghost World
To CDs: Sunscreem, Ten Mile Bank
To Cities: Nottingham, England, UK