2011 has been, by far, the best year of my entire life. Here's a [semi-arbitrary] list of why [in chronological[ish] order].
1. February:: AWP in Washington, DC with Copper Nickel and Utah folk.
2. April:: Spiral Jetty [Great Salt Lake] with Narrative Theory seminar crew.
3. May:: Return to Buenos Aires
[Evenings talking to Alberto and Carmen, walks around the city with Daniel, taking the subte to Boedo to have lunch in Tayla's apartment, wandering Puerto Madero, reading on the terrace, the asado on the roof of Ellie's apartment building, Bruna's mini fashion school graduation, sitting in cafes drinking cafe con leche and eating pastries from medialunas del abuelo while reading, making up words with Marina and Agus in our room, walking to Freddo with Agus to buy a kilo of ice cream]
4. May:: weekend trip to Chile to visit Daniel
5. June:: Day trip to Uruguay [by boat] with Bruna
6. June:: AAAS lit symposium in San Diego where I presented my first conference paper [and silliness with R and H]
7. July:: Colorado summer, reading in my backyard, driving to and from Boulder
8. July:: 4th of July watching fireworks from the roof of Baseline liquor
9. July:: 1am A. Tom Collins show at The Mayan during the UMS & general S. Broadway shenanigans at my favorite bars and venues.
10. August:: the day the Rubik's cube appeared in the Valley, Sunsets
11. August:: Sudden appearance of a street fair on 200 E in downtown SLC
12. September:: SLC backyard campfire with my fellow egs
13. October:: &Now San Diego where my experimentalist rockstars and I presented a panel about the "page" and where I wandered San Diego desperately searching for the ocean. Then found it.
14. November:: Annual Nathaniel Rateliff & Co. show at The Gothic in Denver where I was reminded what it sounds like to be home.
15. December:: My first snow of this winter & finally being home again.
Other bits that made the year perfect:
Okkervil River's new album"Everything is the risk that it constitutes" - Stanley Corngold
2666 by Roberto Bolaño"life laughs at predictions and introduces words where we’d imagined silences and sudden returns when we thought we would never see each other again." - Jose Saramago
"Exile Vilify" by The National
Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio
"Everybody Here Wants You" by Jeff Buckley
The Rip Tide by Beirut
my first day teaching
all the incredible Colorado sunsets this summer
Lungs by Florence + The Machine
finding graffiti everywhere [South America, SLC, Colorado]
& of course the most life changing, most transcendent moments, the ones that are too personal for a blog, too inexplicable for words