Best of 2021


I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Faye Watkins

I Came All This Way to Meet You by Jami Attenberg

Real Estate by Deborah Levy

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

In Every Mirror She’s Black by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

The Last One by Fatima Daas

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin

Catch & Kill by Ronan Farrow (2019)

Writers & Lovers by Lily King (2020)

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (2020)


Adele, 30 

Beach House, Once Twice Melody

Chvrches, Screen Violence

Emma Ruth Rundle, Engine of Hell

Half Waif, Mythopoetics

Juliana Hatfield, Blood

Julien Baker, Little Oblivions

Lana Del Rey, Blue Banisters

Lucy Dacus, Home Video

Mini Trees, Always in Motion

Nick Rhodes/ Wendy Bevan, Astronomia I-IV

Snail Mail, Valentine

Still Corners, The Last Exit

Wolf Alice, Blue Weekend


The Dig
The Lost Daughter
My Salinger Year
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It
Fanny: The Right to Rock
Queen of Glory
West Side Story
Being the Ricardos
King Richard
tick, tick . . . boom!


MAID (netflix)— definitely binged this one. Based on a memoir, it’s compelling and incredible. 

Dickinson (Apple TV+) —clever and delightful. Hailey Steinfeld is excellent. I love the usage of modern music and slang, as well as literary and cultural references. Louisa May Alcott showed up in a recent Civil War episode and Sylvia Plath on a futuristic one. Wonderful sets and costumes, too. 

Hacks (HBO MAX)—Being middle-aged, I’m drawn to older central characters. There aren’t many. Jean Smart is so good in this role of an aging comedian. 

Dr. Death (Peacock)— Scary true story based on a popular podcast. 

Call the Midwife (PBS)—I’ve loved this show from the beginning. It’s always moving and profound in addressing various social issues.

Dopesick (Hulu)—another horrendous true story. Strong overall although it ran a couple episodes too long. 

Shrill (Hulu)— loved the book, loved the series 

Firefly Lane (netflix)— a bit schmaltzy but it’s nostalgic.

Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)—fun show with a zany premise and a few twists 

The White Lotus (HBO MAX)— excellent cast, thoughtful thriller 

Halston (netflix)— fashion! Ewan McGregor does a good job as Halston

Bo Burnham: Inside (netflix)–brilliant.

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