Best books and music

These were the top three books and musical discoveries for me this year. They’re alphabetized and not in order of preference.


  1. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer – Inspiring essays on preserving our ecosystem and restoring nature, written from the perspective of Native American tradition and spirituality.
  2. Essays One by Lydia Davis – A very rewarding and lively 512-page book, generally about the art and craft of writing. Davis discusses her own practices, and she also looks at the techniques of a wonderfully curated group of other writers. In addition, she discusses elements of visual art and photography.
  3. The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward – A memoir dealing with self-discovery, empowerment and family upbringing, conveyed through prose and poetry, written in a unique voice.


  1. Marconi Union – Innovative and masterfully rendered atmospheric music, often veering into darkish realms. Top album pick: Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol. 2)
  2. Miles Davis – I love old-school jazz and listen regularly to John Coltrane, the savvy drummer Elvin Jones and other pioneering players, but I only recently started listening to Miles. Top album pick: Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud.
  3. Susumu Yokota – Avant-garde electronic ambient with a groove. Yokota creates musical collages, often pairing seemingly incompatible elements that prompt you to ask WTF. Top album pick: Sakura.

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