my own little fences

by sophie

Inspired by the fantastic Paul Lisicky, who suggested that top-ten-of-the-year lists were “often more about fence-building than anything,” I’ve decided to make a couple of my own little fences.

10 books read in 2009 that inspired me to write

The Street of Crocodiles – Bruno Schulz
Collected Poems of Lynda Hull
Tree of Smoke – Denis Johnson
The Book of Nightmares – Galway Kinnell
Bluets – Maggie Nelson
Museum of Accidents – Rachel Zucker
Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
Instructions from the Narwhal – Allison Titus
Sister – Nickole Brown
The Book of Flashlights, Clover & Milk – Joshua Marie Wilkinson

10 songs I put on repeat in 2009

Tiger Mountain Peasant Song – First Aid Kit covering Fleet Foxes
1926 – Thalia Zedek
Flightless Bird, American Mouth – Iron & Wine
Forest and Sands – Camera Obscura
Velvet – The Big Pink
Lopin’ Along Through the Cosmos – Judee Sill
Vengeance is Sleeping – Neko Case
Just Didn’t Need To Know – The Shivers
Two Birds – Regina Spektor
Sunday Smile – Beirut

There you go, chickadees. Hope you’re staying warm.