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blake and i spent the majority of new year's eve watching the entire first season of twin peaks. it is almost eleven and i'm sleepy so probably i will get into bed and read the noir issue of bitch (there must be something in the air this month -- cineaste's current issue is focused on cult film, and based on the web excerpts i am going to have to pick it up)... exciting life, yes?

no, i kid. i like most days to be quiet. having a day off to reflect on the year was probably exactly what i needed. and tomorrow i do not have to work, so i can actually think about enacting any resolution-sorts-of-things that spring up in the night.

and now, just like every year, here is the list of things i read in 2008:

Shortcomings - Adrian Tomine
The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
Sideshow: My Life with Geeks, Freaks & Vagabonds in the Carny Trade - Howard Bone
Tricked - Alex Robinson
Embroideries - Marjane Satrapi
**The Dead Fathers Club - Matt Haig
One Mississippi - Mark Childress
About Grace - Anthony Doerr
American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang
Winkie - Clifford Chase
A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body: Tales from a Life of Cringe - Lauren Weedman
The Quitter - Harvey Pekar
Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects With Unexpected Significance - ed. Joshua Glenn & Carol Hayes
Meow Wow - Marty Becker & Gina Spadafori
Mister B. Gone - Clive Barker
Carnet De Voyage - Craig Thompson
Uglyfish - Kara LaReau & Scott Magoon
Little Apple Goat - Caroline Jayne Church
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London is the Best City in America - Laura Dave
Absolute Sandman, Volume I - Neil Gaiman
The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why - Jabari Asim
Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant: A Memoir - Daniel Tammett
The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better - Sandra Blakeslee & Matthew Blakeslee
**Breakfast on Pluto - Patrick McCabe
Foreskin's Lament - Shalom Auslander
Sexy Chix: anthology of women cartoonists - ed. Diana Schutz
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Aspergers - John Elder Robison
Death: The Time of Your Life - Neil Gaiman
30 Days of Night (book 1) - Steve Niles & Ben Templesmith
The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil - Philip Zimbardo
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands - Chelsea Handler
Dark at the Roots - Sarah Thyre
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Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity - Robert Jensen
Plum Lucky - Janet Evanovich
Death: The High Cost of Living - Neil Gaiman
Off the Page: Writers talk about Beginnings, Endings, and Everything In Between - ed. Carole Burns
Common Phrases And Where they Come From - John Mordock & Myron Korach
The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon (read twice)
Absolute Sandman: Volume 2 - Neil Gaiman
Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library - Don Borchert
Sedaris - Kevin Kopelson
Occurrences: The Illustrated Ambrose Bierce - ed. & adapted by Debra Rodia
The Best American Poetry 2007 - ed. David Lehman & Heather McHugh
The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World - Vince Poscente
*Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins - Emma Donoghue
God Save the Queen - Mike Carey & John Bolton
The Penguin Classic Crime Omnibus - ed. Julian Symmons
**I Ask the Impossible - Ana Castillo
Freak Show - James St. James
New and Selected Poems - Michael Ryan
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The Book of Other People - ed. Zadie Smith
The Clouds Above - Jordan Crane
Owly: Just A Little Blue - Andy Runton
Slam - Nick Hornby
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
We Are On Our Own - Miriam Katin
The Plain Janes - Cecil Castellucci
BOP! More Box Office Poison - Alex Robinson
Even in Quiet Places: Poems - William Stafford
Bone: One Volume Edition - Jeff Smith
The Mirror of Love - Alan Moore
**Swamp Thing, Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing - Alan Moore
Promethea: Book 1 - Alan Moore
Promethea: Book 2 - Alan Moore
Promethea: Book 3 - Alan Moore
The Learners: A Novel - Chip Kidd
Promethea: Book 4 - Alan Moore
Quiet, Please - Scott Douglas
Stuck Rubber Baby - Howard Cruse
Candy Girl: a Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper - Diablo Cody
We Disappear: A Novel - Scott Heim
*The Lolita Effect - Gigi Durham
New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 - Alan Moore
All Star Superman - Grant Morrison
My Life in a Jugular Vein: Three More Years of Snakepit Comics Ben Snakepit
Swamp Thing, Vol. 4: A Murder of Crows - Alan Moore
Swamp Thing Vol 5: Earth to Earth - Alan Moore
**Without a Map - Meredith Hall
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2 - Alan Moore
**Skin Deep: Tattoos, the Disappearing West, Very Bad Men, and My Deep Love for Them All - Karol Griffin
The Invisibles Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution - Grant Morrison
**When You Are Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris
Swamp Thing, Vol. 8: Spontaneous Generation- Rich Veitch
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible - A.J. Jacobs
The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire - Matt Taibbi
The Invisibles, Vol. 2 - Apocalipstick - Grant Morrison
A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir - Augusten Burroughs
Boy Toy - Barry Lyga
*Desire: Women Write About Wanting - ed. Lisa Solod Warren
The Kingdom of Ordinary Time - Marie Howe
The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1 - Gerard Way
Top Ten, Book 1 - Alan Moore
Top Ten, Book 2 - Alan Moore
**Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex - Mary Roach
**What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine the Future - ed. Rebecca Walker
*Final Girl - Daphne Gottlieb
Deaths for the Ladies (and Other Disasters) - Norman Mailer
Watchmen - Alan Moore
The Inhuman Condition - Clive Barker
Mary - Vladimir Nabokov
Lost Girls - Alan Moore
**Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction - ed. Sabrina Chapadjiev
The Black Diamond Detective Agency - Eddie Campbell
***Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley - John Rember
Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power - ed. Shira Tarrant
The Men Who Stare at Goats - Jon Ronson
Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America - Laura Kipnis
Floating City - Anne Wiese Pierson
*The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS - Elizabeth Pisani
Lust: Kinky Online Personal Ads from Seattle's The Stranger - Ellen Forney
Awkward and Definition - Ariel Schrag
Sundays with Vlad - Paul Bibeau
It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments - Amanda Marcotte
Black Hole - Charles Burns
Black Orchid - Neil Gaiman
As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do To Stay in Denial - Derrick Jensen
**Salmon Doubts - Adam Sacks
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History - Art Spiegelman
Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began - Art Spiegelman
Fish that Fake Orgasms: And Other Zoological Curiosities - Matt Walker
Kramer's Ergot 5 - Sammy Harkham
**Learning to Love You More - Miranda July
**From Hell - Alan Moore
Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to WHy Feminism Matters - Jessica Valenti
***Towelhead: A Novel - Alicia Erian
Tom Strong - Alan Moore
Written on the City: Graffiti Messages Worldwide - Axel Albin
Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob - Lee Siegel
Breakfast After Noon - Andi Watson
Free-Range Chickens - Simon Rich
**First Person Queer: Who We Are (So Far) - ed. Lawrence Schimel
We3 - Grant Morrison
All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder, Vol. 1 - Frank Miller
The Solitary Vice: Against Reading - Mikita Brottman
Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages - Ammon Shea
Comic Book Tattoo - ed. David Mack
Humana Festival 2006: The Complete Plays - ed. Liz Duffy
The Book as Art: Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts - ed. Krystyna Wasserman
**The Alcoholic - Dean Haspiel & Jonathan Ames
Debbie Harry Sings in French - Meagan Brothers
The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman
An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories: Volume 2 - ed. Ivan Brunetti
Omega: The Unknown - Jonathan Lethem
***Journal of a Solitude - May Sarton


Key:
*Read if you've got some free time.
**Squeeze it in if you can.
*** Seriously, you should read this.

happy new year!
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