Ellpie Awards 2008

Today I noticed that I never announced awards for my favorite media goodies of 2008.  Not an auspicious start to the inaugural awards ceremony, but we don’t exactly run a red-carpet production.  I will have to call these the Ellpie Awards for being Least Prestigious.


Best Children’s Book: The Dark Is Rising (Susan Cooper)
Best Short Story (tie): “The Borders of Infinity” (Lois McMaster Bujold, full story available as Chapter 1 here) and
Sandkings” (George R.R. Martin)
Best Beach Read: Making Money (Terry Pratchett)
Best of the Ancient Canon: Idylls of the King (Tennyson, full text here)
Best High-Brow Literature: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Michael Chabon)
Best Art Book: Wall and Piece (Banksy)
Best TV Series: Green Wing (free on Hulu)
Best Play: Dealer’s Choice
Best Movie: Persepolis
Best Audiobook: The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman, as read by Neil Gaiman, first chapter available here with banjo action)

What’s the best stuff you’ve read, seen, or heard this year?


5 responses to “Ellpie Awards 2008

  1. This is an enticing list! The Graveyard Book and Chabon, specifically.
    Best Children’s Book: Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
    Best Short Story: Significant Moments in the Life of my Mother (Margret Atwood)
    Best Beach Read: I can’t imagine reading on a beach. Maybe The Economist. Oooh, no, I’ll go for The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway).
    Best of the Ancient Canon: tie – Ivanhoe (Sir Walter Scott) or Kim (Rudyard Kipling). Is that old enough? I’m not very chronologically oriented.
    Best High-Brow Literature: huh. Does Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury) count? Or The Remains of the Day (Ishiguro)? If not, The Plague (Camus) does come mind.
    Best Art Book: National Geographic’s Greatest Portraits. But Banksey FTW. There’s an exhibit on him in Bristol at the moment that has had 3hr queues every day for weeks. Never seen anything like it. Never even seen a queue for the museum, and they had to shut down a whole street just to accommodate a permanent winding influx of people. I haven’t gone yet.
    Best TV Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation. (But yay Green Wing… holy God yes).
    Best Play: One Flea Spare (Naomi Wallace).
    Best Movie: Being John Malkovich.
    Best Audiobook: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction. Sarah Vowell’s books make for great listening, too. Colbert’s, not so much. But that said, the highlight of all of these audio hours is Colbert reading the chapter titles for Stewart’s book. It just fucking cracks me up every single time- that hypermasculine moviephone “chapter three,” or “supplemental material.” I don’t know why it delights me so.
    Best Nonfiction: The Conscience of a Liberal (Paul Krugman)
    Best Biography: Team of Rivals. (Doris Kearns Goodwin) Ok, I’ve read like two biographies, and Desert Queen is also great.
    Once I started italicizing, I couldn’t stop.
    That’s a fair shake to books, but now I feel the need to post all my favorite movies.
    Being John Malkovich, Donnie Darko, Fight Club, Boys Don’t Cry, Erin Brockovich, Sicko, The Education of Little Tree, Milk, Persepolis, Amelie, The English Patient, Little Women, Brokeback Mountain, The Matrix, October Sky, The Fog of War, Contact, The Departed, Strangers with Candy, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, Team America, Willow, Return to Oz.
    I feel like Edward Scissorhands, Million Doller Baby, and Volver used to be on that list, but they got squeezed out. That’s pretty devastatingly English-languagey, huh. Thank goodness for Amelie. Oh shit, I like The Science of Sleep, also. Oh, and I like An Inconvenient Truth for the wrong reasons.

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