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Friday, December 25, 2009

The Best Films of the Decade (2000-2009)

Again, here are the best compilations I've run across in this category.
And since the above lists comprise mostly mainstream films, here's my own list of the best (mostly alternative or foreign) films of the decade gone by.

The Best Books of the Decade (2000-2009)

Here's a rundown of the most useful compilations I've come across.
My own favorites are listed below.
  • My Stroke of Insight (Taylor)
  • Architecture (Glancey)
  • Under the Banner of Heaven (Krakauer)
  • Discovering the Sikhs (McLeod)
  • The Spiral Staircase (Armstrong)
  • The Undercover Economist (Harford)
  • The Tipping Point (Gladwell)
  • Freakonomics (Levitt)
  • A Really Short History of Nearly Everything (Bryson)
  • The Future of Freedom (Zakaria)
  • My Job Went to India (Fowler)
  • Effective Java (Bloch)
  • Letter to a Christian Nation (Harris)
  • A Little History of the World (Gombrich)
  • Vows (Manseau)
  • Step Across This Line (Rushdie)
  • An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire (Roy)
  • The Algebra of Infinite Justice (Roy)
  • Power Politics (Roy)
  • War Talk (Roy)
  • Holy Cow (Macdonald)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Anglais!

I once got caught traveling without a ticket in Paris's underground railway. I did not know much French and got out of trouble simply by repeating one word over and over -- Anglais!