What I Liked

2023 edition.

What I Liked

As promised, below is my annual list of my favorite things I consumed this year. Per usual it’s not limited to 2023 releases, and entries are listed in no particular order. Actually, that’s not totally true, there’s probably some non-negligible amount of recency bias involved—this was not a good year for me logging my media consumption in real time, and I've probably left some big things out as well. Okay, enough caveats, there it all is. Happy new year. 

Books (Fiction)

The Wolves of Eternity by Karl Ove Knausgård, translated by Martin Aitken

The MANIAC and When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Guest by Emma Cline

Transit by Anna Seghers

Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood

Lazy City by Rachel Connolly 

Books (Nonfiction)

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Burn It Down by Maureen Ryan

Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli

Pirate Enlightenment by David Graeber

Books (Poetry)

Earth Room by Rachel Mannheimer

Chariot by Timothy Donnelly

The Book by Mary Ruefle

Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina by Dara Barrois/Dixon

Snakedoctor by Maurice Manning

Comedy Things

Hotel Art Thief

Our Home Out West

Bag of Tricks, Django Gold

FULL Actors Roundtable: Justin Theroux, Rajat Suresh, Jeremy Levick & More

That’s It!, David Drake

Domestic Shorthair, Todd Barry

Cash Cow, Matt Barats

If You Didn’t Want Me Then, Beth Stelling

Slow & Steady, Joe Pera


Janet Planet, Annie Baker

Happy Hour, Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Have any of you seen this? It blew me away)

The Holdovers, Alexander Payne

Afire, Christian Petzold

Asteroid City, Wes Anderson (also his Netflix shorts) 

Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan

Showing Up, Kelly Reichardt

Knock at the Cabin, M. Night Shyamalan

Anatomy of a Fall, Justine Triet

Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Christopher McQuarrie

May December, Todd Haynes

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, William Friedkin

Infinity Pool, Brandon Cronenberg

Killers of the Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese


The Moon Also Rises, Johnny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane

Jenny from Thebes, The Mountain Goats

Javelin, Sufjan Stevens

Things I Saw Live

Infinite Life by Annie Baker, directed by James Macdonald

Bones and All by Anthony Jeselnik

Corn Beef, Dan Licata’s weekly show at The Gutter

Solo by Gabe Mollica

TV Shows

Scavengers Reign

I Hate Suzie (fully had never heard of this show, my bad, incredible first season, check it out on Max)

Dead Ringers


Perry Mason

Copenhagen Cowboy

The Righteous Gemstones

How To With John Wilson


The Diplomat

Full Circle


Fran Hoepfner

Jeremy Gordon

B.D. McClay

Soraya Roberts

Angelica Jade Bastién

Kieran McLean (especially his review of The Bear in Fran’s newsletter)

Max Read

Pete Tosiello

Tom Scocca and Joe MacLeod

Sean T. Collins

Evan Urquhart

Lana Schwartz

Mark Leidner

Elisa Gabbert

Alison Herman

Rachael Healy

Andrea Long Chu


The updated novel coronavirus vaccine
The flu vaccine

Video Games

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (I don’t think I ever finished… still fun though)

God of War Ragnarök