Heroes of 2009

SULLZ--ON THE REALZ!
"But a true champion, face to face with his darkest hour, will do whatever it takes to rise above. A man fights, and fights, and then fights some more. Because surrender is death, and death is for pussies" --KP
PONYO: THE MOST HEROIC LITTLE FISH-GIRL (GIRL-FISH?) (OF '09)
IN A WORLD OF STEROIDS, HAND GUNS, AFFAIRS, AND OTHER NEFARIOUSNESS, IT'S GOOD TO KNOW THESE GOOD GUYS EXIST

MAY HIS LIGHT SHINE ETERNAL
MS. CASE WILL HAVE TO SPLIT HER HERO AWARD WITH HER ALBUM COVER, WHICH IS POSSIBLY THE MOST HEROIC SHIT WE'VE EVER SEEN
WE LOVE THESE BASTERDS!
KEVIN, YOU ARE THE TRUE TOP CHEF IN OUR HEARTS
BILL CLINTON MADE HOSTAGE NEGOTIATION LOOK EASY
FOR UPPING THE AWESOME ANTE
PRAY FOR IRAN
JOHN HAMM IS COOL, WHATEVERS, BUT LET'S BE CLEAR -- OUR HERO IS DON FUCKING DRAPER
OK, SO THERE ARE VOLUNTEERS AND REGULAR FOLKS IN YOUR TOWN AND THEY ARE HEROES AND BLAH BLAH BLAH. BUT HAVE YOU HEARD "SINGLE LADIES"?
WHO ARE WE KIDDING, DAVID BYRNE IS A HERO ANY YEAR
BARRY MIGHT NOT WALK ON WATER BUT HIS INAUGURATION BROUGHT TEARS TO OUR EYES

Hamilton Leithauser’s 2009 Reading List

Hamilton Leithauser, vocalist/lyricist for one of our favorite bands, The Walkmen, shared what he enjoyed reading this past year at The Millions, part of their year-end “A Year in Reading 2009” series (we dig plenty of the literati who contribute to the list, particularly Stephen Elliott, whose essays we’ve long admired, and who says Bolaño’s 2666 is his favorite book this year–but we’ll take the nonliterary route this time, and go with a (semi-)rock star). Leithauser speaks highly of Dave Eggers and Kingley Amis, and cites W.H. Auden as a favorite poet. We think that The Walkmen’s last record You & Me is about as literary as you can get in a rock record–it plays like a collection of interconnected short stories, full of the disillusionment and joy of getting older. We gave You & Me pride of place on last year’s list best-of music list. Here’s “In The New Year,” a song that builds fantasy only to puncture it thoroughly. Great stuff.