Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2017

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2017, of those “that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2017, in approximate order of preference”

  1. Staying Vertical – Alain Guiraudie
  2. The Unknown Girl – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  3. Mister Universo – Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
  4. How Heavy This Hammer – Kazik Radwanski
  5. Downsizing – Alexander Payne
  6. i hate myself :) – Joanna Arnow
  7. Hermia & Helena – Matías Piñeiro
  8. The Wedding Plan – Rama Burshtein
  9. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  10. Slack Bay – Bruno Dumont
  11. Paulina – Santiago Mitre
  12. A Ghost Story – David Lowery

Alex Balk: Favorite Books of 2017

Priestdaddy - Patricia Lockwood

Alex Balk: Favorite Books of 2017 (as published by The Awl)

  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness – Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness – Joe Moran
  • O Sing unto the Lord: A History of English Church Music – Andrew Gant
  • The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built – Jack Viertel
  • Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe – Kapka Kassabova
  • No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World’s Violent Highlands – Judith Matloff
  • Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World – Laura Spinney
  • Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century – Richard McGregor
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities – Bettany Hughes
  • The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads – Tim Wu
  • Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon – Henry Marsh
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst – Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment – Robert Wright
  • Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience – Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris
  • Hostage – Guy Delisle
  • Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics – Kim Phillips-Fein
  • Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars – David Hepworth
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  • The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 – Martin Salisbury
  • Peach – Emma Glass
  • Red Winter – Anneli Furmark
  • Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906 – David Cannadine
  • God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State – Lawrence Wright
  • Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny – Witold Szablowski
  • Amiable with Big Teeth – Claude McKay