Year-end lists are stupid and lazy. A reduction of art to sports. Luckily (or unluckily) for you, I feel kind of stupid and lazy at the moment, so here are some things I enjoyed in the past year. 


At Eternity’s Gate 


The Favourite


The Area 

Phantom Thread 

Monrovia, Indiana 

First Reformed 

Sorry to Bother You 


Mr. Soul! 

The Other Side of the Wind

 Fanny and Alexander

 Can You Ever Forgive Me?




White Rabbit, Red Rabbit


 The End of TV No Blue Memories  


Chicago—From Vision to Metropolis (Whet Moser) 

The Nix (Nathan Hill) 

Cherry (Nico Walker) 

The White Album (Joan Didion) 

Down and Out in Paris and London (George Orwell) 

Eat Only When You’re Hungry (Lindsay Hunter) 

Articles I Wrote 

 “Chicago’s Punk Rock Librarian”

 “Old-Fashioned Days”

 Chris Ware interview/profile

 Wendy Clinard profile

 Brian Wells profile

 “Ashley Cooper’s American Ego”

Art Shows 

Ukiyo-e masterpieces at the Art Institute

The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation 

Ignacio Iñarritu at SUNY/Purchase


Health & Beauty performing Neil Young’s “On The Beach” at the Hideout, 3/17/18. 

Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore at the Hideout, 5/29/18. 

Minibeast at the Hideout, 8/8/18.