What We Loved in 2009

We wanted to wait until the 1st of January to put this up. Everyone jumps right on the My-2009-List bandwagon days, sometimes even weeks, before the New Year. What if something happens on the eve that displaces an item previously thought invaluable? So, without further delay, below is a list of things Flatmancrooked staff enjoyed in 2009. This list is not divided into categories or ordered by importance but rather alphabetized because the alphabet is good for you. Feel free to add to our list if there is something you loved that we should have.


The scene in 2012 where the entire state of California falls into the sea.


Garner by Kirstin Allio



Nazi Literature in the Americas & Last Evenings On Earth by Roberto Bolano

Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill in Las Vegas, NV

Bon Iver

BookCourt in Brooklyn, NY

Small Craft Warnings: Stories by Kate Braverman

Brooklyn, NY


Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

Champiñones al Ajillo at Tapa the World in Sacramento, CA


Deena’s Bjork costumedeenabjork


One Story Issue # 128: The Restoration of the Villa Where Tibor Kálmán Once Lived” by Tamas Dobozy


Elegy (Penelope Cruz and Ben Kingsley) – Released in 2008 but it was so good we just kept enjoying it.

Baby Leg by Brian Evenson

Last Days by Brian Evenson

The Wavering Knife by Brian Evenson

Fugue State by Brian Evenson


Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fly-Over State by Emma Straub

The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Ed. by R.W. Franklin

the Forecast project

Pizza at Franny’s in Brooklyn


The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir by Peter Grandbois


The House of the Devil


Illegal Art

Inland Empire

In the Loop (“Shut Up, love actually!”)


Josh liked finishing Grad School

Extreme amounts of Joy


Koshihikari Echigo Beer at Tamaya Sushi in Sacramento, CA


Just Enough A.J. Liebling,with an intro by David Remnick



M + E’s Chronic City poster

Macaroni & Cheese, Fried Chicken at Paul Martin’s

Mad Men

Maker’s Mark

The Momofuku Cookbook

Ding Dong at Mulvanney’s in Sacramento


The National

The Nervous Breakdown

The Next Country by Idra Novey

Not About Vampires from Flatmancrooked


Barack Obama Inauguration


Pork Belly Tacos at B Star in San Francisco, CA

Precious (if you haven’t seen this movie . . . you’re kinda silly)

A Defense of Poetry by Gabriel Gudding


The Road

The Rumpus


Salvadore Plascencia

She Wolf by Shakira

Single Ladies by Beyonce


Stillwater Cove: Sonoma County, CA

Poe’s Children: The New Horror – An Anthology, edited by Peter Straub

Emma Straub



Theft (or repositioning) of hotel topiary


The New Valley by Josh Weil

The White Ribbon


It’s Blitz! – Yeah Yeah Yeah’s

Once the Shore by Paul Yoon

2 Responses to “What We Loved in 2009”

  1. Janel says:

    I take credit for “She Wolf” finding its way onto this list. As well as Deena’s costume. You’re welome, snarf.

  2. This is a great list. The New Valley looks haunting. I really enjoyed The Road (book and film), Fantastic Mr. Fox, and since I contribute to The Nervous Breakdown, I dig that too. Of course The House of the Devil didn’t play in Bakersfield…