My name was one of those in an ad taken out by the California Teachers Association, announcing the winners of 2013 John Swett Awards for Media Excellence
I won an award for my coverage of the parent-trigger movement in the San Bernardino Sun and Los Angeles Daily News.
A little later than usual this year, but here’s what I was listening to the most in 2013.
Previous editions can be found here: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
There’s probably something a psychologist could tease out of the number of female rockers on these lists, which seems to be the only consistent element over the years.
1. “Party Kids” - Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
2. “The Sword By My Side” - The Thermals
3. “Awkward” - San Cisco
4. “Black Sheep” - Gin Wigmore
5. “They Told Me” - Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
6. “Holy Roller” - Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
7. “Summer in the City” - The Eels
8. “Island Song” - Zac Brown Band
9. “Slyd” - !!!!
10. “Water” - Brad Paisley
So, by any measure, I improved on the 12 books I read in 2012 and 2011: I read 13 or 14, depending on whether you count me giving up on one book in eye-rolling disgust. (Failure to “end” a short story once might be interesting, doing it for every story in a book is a ridiculous affectation.)
Here’s what I read in 2013, including my periodic re-reads of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series (Mostly Harmless will get polished off in 2014):
Feb. 5: Swords Against Death by Fritz Leiber
Feb. 15: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
March 21: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories by Tim Powers
April 21: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (abandoned)
May 20: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
June 2: The Old Editor Says: Maxims for Writing and Editing by John E. McIntyre
June 10: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
July 10: Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
July 30: The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
Aug. 24: Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Sept. 29: The Elements of Style Illustrated by William Strunk Jr.
Oct. 29: Can Journalism Survive: An Inside Look at American Newsrooms by David M. Ryfe
Nov. 30: Year Zero: A Novel by Rob Reid
Dec. 22: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
I’m currently reading Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest and listening to the audio book of Dimension of Miracles by Robert Sheckley.