Best Fiction: Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson — though it’s probably the only fiction published in 20004 that I’ve read at all
Best non-fiction: Oddly, I’m not sure I read any “copyright-2004” non-fiction — apart, that is, from the collections of essays in which my writings appeared this year, which seems a bit of a cheat.
(This exercise reveals to me how little my reading patterns depend on what’s just been published.)
Best Film: The Incredibles wins, but I haven’t seen most of the movies that other people think rank among the year’s best.
Best TV programme: We don’t watch TV, sorry.
Best album: I think Blueberry Boat, with Get Up and A Grand Don’t Come For Free (as below). And I forgot to mention below My Endless Numbered Days, which still knocks me out (thanks, Simon!).
Best single: Tough call, among “Naked As We Came” (Iron & wine), “Such Great Heights” and “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” (the Postal Service), and “Straight Street” (Fiery Furnaces).
Best gig: I think I didn’t get to any gigs other than Open Mike night at Kafein.
Most missed: The time I might have spent reading, going to movies, and attending gigs?