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    The very best of 2015 according to the people who make The Wild Detectives possible and some of our great friends.

    The Bestest of 2015
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    The very best of 2015 according to the people who make The Wild Detectives possible and some of our great friends.

    2015, what a year, don’t you think? For us it’s been truly amazing, let us recall: we introduced our new menu this summer and our tostas have proven to be a substantial snack option; we put together Dallas Noir, the first Oak Cliff Literary Festival  (thank y’all our good Noir friends); our cultural program has brought over 75 authors to read at the shop their fiction, non-fiction and poetry works; we’ve started to program readings in Spanish which have been a success in terms of audience; we’ve explored different music styles in our 8 Backyard Shows this year from Afrobeat to Hip Hop; we’ve also started this year to screen movies in our backyard (and more will come next year)… we even have done an olive oil tasting!

    But nothing of the above would have been possible without the great and inestimable help of all those people who make The Wild Detectives what it is –from those who work at the shop to those who’ve been collaborating with us during the year– helping us achieve our main goal: to promote an enriched, enlightened and entertained lifestyle around culture. That’s why, as we were working on a piece to highlight the best of the year, we thought that the list wouldn’t be complete without those books, records and movies that have make their 2015 special culture-wise. Here are our and their answers. We hope you discover something amazing among all these titles.

     

    At The Wild Detectives:

     

    Lucas Buckels

    Best Book:
    The Martian –Andy Weir

    Best Album:
    I love you, Honeybear –Father John Misty

    Best Movie (calling it now):
    Star Wars: Episode VII | The Force Awakens –J. J. Abrams

     

    Jean Paul Caron

    Best Book:
    Meat Smoking Manifesto –Aaron Franklin

    Best Album:
    Currents –Tame Impala

    Best Movie:
    Creed –Ryan Coogler

     

    Andrés de la Casa Huertas

    Best Book:
    Speak –Louisa Hall

    Best Album:
    Echolocations: Canyon –Andrew Bird

    Best Movie:
    Inside Out –Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen (Pixar)
    The End of the Tour –James Ponsoldt

     

    Javier García del Moral

    Best Book:
    Local
    Speak –Louisa Hall
    English
    Academy Street –Mary Costello
    Spanish
    Después del Invierno –Guadalupe Nettel

    Best Album:
    Pop/Rock
    Songs to Play –Robert Forster
    Experimental
    Howl –Rival Consoles

    Best Movie:
    Fiction
    Sicario –Denis Villeneuve
    Documentary
    Red Army –Gaby Polsky

     

    Carlos Guajardo

    Best Book:
    The Story of my Teeth –Valeria Luiselli

    Best Album:
    Strange Trails –Lord Huron

    Best Movie:
    Entertainment –Rick Alverson

     

    Brent Meador

    Best Book:
    Modern Romance –Aziz Andsari

    Best Album:
    Depression Cherry –Beach House

    Best Movie:
    Love and Mercy –Bill Pohlad

     

    Sophie Massie

    Best Book:
    Between the World and Me –Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Best Album:
    L​.​P​.​1. aka 14 Year Old High School PC​-​Fascist Hype Lords Rip Off Devo for the Sake of Extorting $​$​$ from Helpless Impressionable Midwestern Internet Peoplepunks L​.​P​.​ –The Coneheads

    Best Movie:
    The Buzzard –Joel Portycus

     

    Sam Villavert

    Best Book:
    The First Bad Man –Miranda July

    Best Album:
    Currents –Tame Impala

    Best Movie:
    Mistress America –Noah Baumbach

     

    Paco Vique

    Best Book:
    The Interior Circuit –Francisco Goldman

    Best Album:
    Short Movie –Laura Marling

    Best Movie:
    Cartel Land –Mathew Heineman
    Timbuktu –Abderrahmane Sissako

     

     

    Our collaborators:

     

    John Bradley

    Best Book:
    Wind/Pinball: Two Novels –Haruki Murakami

    Best Album:
    What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World –The Decemberists

    Best Movie:
    Man from Reno –Dave Boyle

     

    Kelsey Capps

    Best Book:
    A Little Life –Hanya Yanagihara

    Best Album:
    Coming Home –Leon Bridges

    Best Movie:
    Sicario –Denis Villeneuve

     

    Mihali Hadjiyianni

    Best Book:
    We Go to the Gallery: A Dung Beetle Learning Guide –Miriam Elia

    Best Album:
    Akö –Blick Bassy

    Best Movie:
    The Wedding Ringer –Jeremy Garelick

     

    Ciaran Kennedy

    Best Book:
    Eggshels –Caitriona Lally

    Best Album:
    In Colour –Jamie XX
    Ones and Sixes –Low

    Best Movie:
    Timbuktu –Abderrahmane Sissako
    The Lobster –Yorgos Lanthimos

     

    Michelle Newby

    Best Book:
    The Unraveling of Mercy Louis –Keija Parsinnen

     

    Vicky Sanz

    Best Book:
    Colorless Tsukuru Takazi and his Years of Pilgrimage –Haruki Murakami

    Best Album:
    In Colour –Jamie XX

    Best Movie:
    The End of the Tour –James Ponsoldt
    Inside Out
     –Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen (Pixar)

     

     

    Our friends:

     

    Katherine Bourne
    Shakespeare in the Bar

    Best Book:
    Station 11 –Emily St. John Mandel

    Best Album:
    25 –Adele

    Best Movie:
    Inside Out –Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen (Pixar)

     

    Jorge Chavez
    Al Día Dallas

    Best Album:
    Coming Home –Leon Bridges
    Fantastic Negrito (EP) –Fantastic Negrito

    Best Movie:
    Cartel Land –Mathew Heineman
    Spotlight –Tom McCarthy

     

    Barak Epstein
    Texas Theater

    Best Book:
    Consumed –David Cronenberg

    Best Album:
    Lost Themes –John Carpenter

    Best Movie:
    Mad Max Fury Road –George Miller

     

    Will Evans
    Deep Vellum

    Best Book:
    Beauty is a Wound –Eka Kurniawan, translated by Annie Tucker

    Best Album:
    Children of the Night –Tribulation

    Best Movie:
    A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence –Roy Andresson

     

    Ben Fountain
    Author

    Best Book:
    Fiction
    The Turner House –Angela Flournoy
    Non Fiction
    Walking with Abel –Anna Badkhen

     

    Daniel J. Hale
    Author

    Best Book:
    Daniel must abstain from singling out any book because he’s the General Awards Chair for the 2016 Edgar Awards

    Best Album:
    Carrie & Lowell –Sufjan Stevens

    Best Movie:
    Ex Machina –Alex Garland

     

    Bill Holston
    Humans Rights Initiative of North Texas

    Best Book:
    Tree of Smoke –Denis Johnson

    Best Album:
    Pale White Dove –Doug Burr

    Best Movie:
    Grand Zero –Kevin Oeser

     

    Harry Hunsicker
    Author

    Best Book:
    M Train –Patti Smith

    Best Album:
    Something more than Free –Jason Isbell

    Best Movie:
    Sicario –Denis Villeneuve

     

    Juan Jaramillo
    Al Día Dallas

    Best Album:
    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

    Best Movie:
    Spotlight –Tom McCarthy

     

    Kathleen Kent
    Author

    Best Book:
    Between the World and Me –Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Best Album:
    Coming Home –Leon Bridges

    Best Movie:
    Birdman –Alejandro González Iñárritu

     

    Alex Macon
    D Magazine

    Best Book:
    A Brief History of Seven Killings –Marlon James
    Speak –Louisa Hall

    Best Album:
    Algiers –Algiers
    Coming Home –Leon Bridges

    Best Movie:
    Mad Max Fury Road –George Miller
    The Wolfpack –Crystal Moselle

     

    Caroline North
    Dallas Observer

    Best Book:
    Speak –Louisa Hall

    Best Album:
    Magnifique –Ratatat

    Best Movie:
    Amy –Asif Kapadia

     

    Lauren Smart
    Dallas Observer

    Best Book:
    The Argonauts –Maggie Nelson

    Best Album:
    Poison Season –Destroyer

    Best Movie:
    Heart of a Dog –Laurie Anderson

     

    Tiney Ricciardi
    Dallas Morning News

    Best Book:
    Modern Romance –Aziz Ansari

    Best Album:
    Coming Home –Leon Bridges

    Best Movie Series:
    True Detective –Nic Pizzolato (Yes Tiney, series count)

     

    Eric Steele
    Texas Theater

    Best Book:
    Go Set a Watchman –Harper Lee

    Best Album:
    Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I just Sit –Courtney Barnett

    Best Movie:
    Listen to me, Marlon –Stevan Railey

     

    Merritt Tierce
    Author

    Best Book:
    Killing and Dying –Adrien Tomine

    Best Movie:
    Mad Max Fury Road –George Miller
    Magic Mike XXL –Gregory Jacobs

     

    Chris Vognar
    Dallas Morning News

    Best Book:
    The Sellout –Paul Beatty

    Best Album:
    In Colour –Jamie XX

    Best Movie:
    He hasn’t decided yet. Y’all can check Chris Vognar best film for the year list on December 20th.

     

     

     

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