Inspired by @joemurphy
  1. Book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
    Not just because I think Diaz is a god and the modern master of authentic voice in fiction. But also because this is a big, ambitious, challenging story deeply grounded in the tremendous and tenacious humanity of its protagonist.
  2. Movie: The Constant Gardener
    Is it the best movie ever? Nah. But it captures the impact of grief on the human psyche in a wrenching way. What? That doesn't sound like a good time? You're weird.
  3. Album: Worker's Playtime by Billy Bragg
    Bragg (unfairly) has become a bit of a laughing stock in the UK for his progressive politics, but he remains one of the last great political songwriters AND a master writer of some the 80s' most heartfelt romantic ditties. When this album first came out, it was an awakening for me, both musically and politically, with its soulful lyrics, gorgeous melodies and gut-wrenching earnestness.