The book of the year: I never thought I’d say it but the best book I’ve read this year belongs to the fantasy genre. Yes, it’s that good. I’m talking of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. I’m no fan of Murakami and I profoundly dislike fantasy. This book, however, is a joy to read. I will publish a detailed review soon.
The gadget of the year: Kindle Fire that managed to overcome my suspicion of tablets.
The disappointment of the year: Spain’s right-wing party Partido Popular won the general elections.
The academic tragedy of the year: The suicide of Dr. Calvo of Princeton U.
The surprise of the year: Some people in Russia feel angry about the falsified elections to the Russian Parliament (the Duma.)
The personal discovery of the year: Philosophers are a really cool bunch.
The achievement of the year: A dramatic drug-free improvement in my health.
The restaurant of the year: Modern in New York.
The hotel of the year: Hyatt Regency in Clearwater, Florida.
The most helpful blog of the year: Stupid Motivational Tricks that did the impossible and taught me to become organized and do things in advance instead of leaving them for the last moment.
The recipe of the year: Billionaire’s pasta
The movie of the year: Elena by the Russian film director Zviagintsev.
The weird culinary experience of the year: Alligator meat.
The bargain of the year: This great bag I got in Florida.
The photo of the year: Latte. Taken by me (both the picture and the latte.)
The stressful moment of the year: Moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress. I know it sounds like a very exaggerated reaction to a simple blog move, but I seriously freaked out, OK?
The post I would have liked to publish every week of the year: This one. Because people keep doing it more and more often and it bugs me.
The post that will make me famous: This one because it will get me quoted in a real academic publication that analyzes the way academic bloggers record the history of academia. See how useful it is to bark at people every once in a while?
The shopping experience of the year: The Big Sleep bookstore in St. Louis.
The hilarious video of the year: This one sent in by reader V. I watched it so many times that I can now perform it on my own.
Have I left out anything important?