Best of 2008

Here are my picks. Some might be pre-2008, but I didn’t get to them until this year.

Best films: Juno, There Will Be Blood, and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Best fiction: Yiddish Policeman’s Union and Say You’re One of Them

Best memoirs: Every Day is for the Thief and The House at Sugar Beach

Best non-fiction: Beyond Plunder, The Wonga Coup, and How to Read the Bible

Best podcasts: New Yorker fiction, plus This American Life had a superb year

Best plays: Passing Strange and Passion Play

Best TV: I discovered The Wire and 30 Rock this year

Best albums: Boxer (The National) and Gossip in the Grain (Ray Lamontagne)