Best Book: ‘Misbehaving’ – Richard Thaler. ‘Between The World And Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which I’m reading currently, is getting the most plaudits, and it is good. Thaler’s ‘Misbehaving’, which recounts the history of behavioural economics, has stuck with me more though. Based on Coates’ book, that’s probably very white of me.
Best Album: ‘My Love Is Cool’ – Wolf Alice. It seems sort of
wrong to give best album to this over Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’.
‘… Butterfly’ sounded like Album Of The Year the first time I heard it, but the
problem is I haven’t really listened to it that much since. In contrast, for a
while there I couldn’t stop listening to Wolf Alice’s album, and that’s why it
gets the nod.
Best Song: ‘King Kunta’ – Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick gets best
song though. ‘ … Kunta’, with its strong beat, is the first track that will pop
into my head when I think about music in 2015.
Best TV Show: ‘Mad Men’. My favourite show
of the past ten years came to a satisfying end, with all of the main characters
ending up in places that made some sort of sense for them.
Best Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is more my
favourite film of 2015, rather than what I think is the ‘best film’. I doubt
that this will be a serious contender for any Best Picture gongs. But it was
the best Star Wars movie for 30 years, and had me all revved up afterwards for
the next instalment.
Best Comic: ‘Sex Criminals’ – Matt Fraction and
Chip Zdarsky. I almost gave this to ‘Saga’ for the fourth year
in a row, but I enjoy ‘Sex Criminals’ just as much, so I’ll give it to that
instead. It’s a very funny (and very dirty) series.
Best Sporting Event: National Rugby League Grand Final. I
did almost pick the Cricket World Cup final, which fulfilled one of my life
dreams to see Australia win a cricket World Cup in person. The final though
wasn’t particularly memorable in its own right, whereas the NRL Grand Final
between the Broncos and the Cowboys definitely was, to the point where people
were wondering if it may have been the best grand final ever. The last ten
minutes – which saw the North Queensland team score the tying try just as the
siren sounded, miss the conversion that could have won it, and then win the
match in extra time in any case – was definitely the most intense ten minutes
of league I’ve seen.
Best Sportsperson: Stephen Curry. Bill Simmons
called Curry’s first 20 games this NBA season – which his Golden State Warriors
won all of – the best 20 game streak by anyone in the history of basketball.
His numbers, particularly his three-point shooting, were all insane. Already
the best shooter ever, and there has never been another player quite like
Best Website: Grantland. Sadly missed.
Best Post: AFL Club Songs Ranked By Ambition and Boastfulness. Read this and you’ll never listen to
some AFL club theme songs in the same way again.
Best Twitter Feed: Titus O’Reily. I do like his clever
one-liners about AFL and cricket.