Syar’s 2013 End of Year Review: Recommendations

In case any of you are looking for things to read/listen to/check out:

25. What’s your new favourite thing this year?

  • Katy and Katie: Just The Tips, my fave new webseries
  • The Toast, home of the inimitable Mallory Ortberg & Nicole Cliffe
  • Sleeping in a queen bed after a lifetime of sleeping in a single
  • Showing up late to things sometimes

26. What were the best books you read? 

  • Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
  • Dispatch From the Future by Leigh Stein
  • Inferno (a Poet’s Novel) by Eileen Myles
  • Blue Nights & The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • How Literature Saved My Life by David Shields
  • Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
  • What There Is To Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell edited by Suzanne Marrs
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
  • Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

27. What was on frequent rotation on your iTunes this year? 

So let’s get this out of the way, my top 5 favourite songs off BEYONCÉ in rough order are: XO, ***Flawless, Pretty Hurts, Blow, and Partition.

Full review here.


"It’s Finally Ironic" by Rachael Hurwitz

This entire thing — a correct rendering of “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette — is amazing and more or less the reason why the internet should continue to exist as a power for good over evil but obviously “It’s a black fly in your chardonnay that was specifically purchased to repel black flies” is my favorite part.

Ava by Coeur de Pirate

Okay, so I started trying to learn French a couple months ago, and I’m only really halfway through one unit on Rosetta Stone, so I know colours and how to count to twelve (barely) but the other day I thought I’d rewatch that adorable Capucine video from some years back and it all sounded like gibberish to me still and gave me a headache. This has nothing to do with this song, which is great and is kind of upbeat but also really sad and a bit dark?? Take a look at the lyrics translationOh, Ava, you read those words over and over again / From three-sentence-long letters which tear your age off you / You know he’s a coward / But Ava, he just thinks you’re a fool When he kisses you, you feel like living again / But he’s really just renting his bed. AMAZING. 

The third in an indeterminate series of prime sassy musical ladies I’ve been listening to lately.

Velvet Elvis by Alex Winston

Here’s another prime sassy lady. I have no real idea what this song is about but it is just so dang catchy. But When I feel your velvet, I can’t help it/Hold your frame, whisper your name is a string of euphemisms, right? That’s how I’m reading it. I loved Alex Winston when I first heard her song Sister Wife, which is a great song if you should ever be conscripted into a polygamous commune. Keep it in your back pocket!

Previously: Asthma Attack by CockNBullKid