Best of 2019: Books, TV, Scandals and More

We discuss the best of 2019

By LARB Radio HourDecember 27, 2019

    Best of 2019: Books, TV, Scandals and More
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    It's a LARB Holiday Season tradition! Kate, Daya, and Eric review all that they read, watched, attended, and gossiped about to select their favorites from the past year. The result is a broad, eclectic array. Indeed, the first work chosen is by an author who died in 1996. Many more surprises ensue. A few of our picks are by authors or directors that we interviewed over the past year. Most, however, were not previously discussed on the show. No matter, every selection sparks a spirited discussion. As Eric warns in the introduction, "no one chose only one thing in any category." So, get out your notepads and prepare for an avalanche of excellence.


     


    Our Recommendations:


    Books:

    Me & Other Writing by Marguerite Duras, Translated By Olivia Baes & Emma Ramadan


    Babysitter at Rest by Jen George


    Creature by Amina Cain


    Essays One by Lydia Davis


    How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell | Listen to our interview


    Last Days at Hot Slit by Andrea Dworkin, Edited by Amy Scholder & Johanna Fateman | Listen to our interview


    Outline Trilogy by Rachel Cusk


    Normal People by Sally Rooney


    The Door by Magda Szabo


    Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


    Movie:

    The Competition by Claire Simon


    The Beach Bum by Harmony Korine


    The Farewell by Lulu Wang


    Parasite by Bong Joon-Ho | Listen to our interview


    TV:

    Los Espookys | HBO


    Hip Hop Evolution | Netflix


    Rhythm & Flow | Netflix


    Elite | Netflix


    Paquita Salas | Netflix


    Paquita Salas | Netflix


    Art:

    Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now | The Guggenheim, NYC


    Notes on Camp | The Metropolitan Museum, NYC


    Isaac Julien: Playtime | LACMA, LA


    With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985 | MoCA, LA


    Tala Madani: Shit Moms | David Kordansky Gallery, LA


    Zach Harris: Studies for 20/20 | David Kordansky Gallery, LA


    David Hammons | Hauser & Wirth, LA


    Podcasts:

    Making Gay History hosted by Eric Marcus


    Welcome to LA hosted by David Weinberg | KCRW


    Bow Down hosted by Jennifer Higgie | Frieze


    Recording Artists hosted by Helen Molesworth | The Getty


    Red Scare hosted by Anna Khachiyan & Dasha Nekrasova


    Scandals!

    College Admissions Scandal


    Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence


    Surviving R. Kelly 



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