Edie Louise Langenbeck
To say fatherhood has changed my life is such a massive and cliched understatement that I ought not utter it. But still I must; this beautiful and wondrous child has transformed my life in every conceivable way. She's the only perfect thing in my world. I love you Edie!
Shanna Marie Montgomery Langenbeck
This year my wife faced a precarious pregnancy, eight weeks of bed rest, the death of her father just weeks before our child was born, a c-section delivery, all the typical issues new mothers face, caring for a four month old infant while her husband was out of commission after an emergency appendectomy, and several other obstacles - all with total grace and composure. Shanna, you are my rock and the most fiercely determined person I have ever known. I seriously believe I wouldn't be here without you.
The World Champion New Orleans Saints
I still can't believe that happened. Who Dat?!?
Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History
This year William Gibson finished his Bigend trilogy with Zero History. I reread the first two books right before its release and was rewarded with one of the best reads of the last ten years. No one understands how the present is unfolding into the future like Gibson. He is the real Chombo and these books are his code to understanding the order flow.
Traditional American Style
I decided this year to start "dressing like a grownup" and to lose my perpetual Jr. high style I've been carrying around with me for the last 20 years. As a result I discovered a deep and hidden love for traditional American menswear. It was a surprising revelation to say the least.
This quote best sums up my feelings on the matter: "I’m pretty familiar with the WASP sources, university contexts, and class connotations of Ivy style (though not quite in their classic period)…and for that reason I absolutely hated these clothes until I was 35 years old. When I was growing up, I did not want to be associated with those “privileged twits” at all. Punk rock for me! But as I hit full adulthood and outgrew my subculture, I started looking for a more dignified, but still mannered look, and found that it’s now possible to wear a lot of classic American clothes just a tad ironically, as a foreigner would. My chief inspirations have been the same as those the Brits have found — old movies and album covers, not the actual frat boys and golf dads who surround me here. In fact, it’s only the decline of real WASP hegemony here that makes the look attractive."
Department of Changes
My newly acquired interest in menswear lead to the launch of a new project, Dept of Changes. I've got a whole bunch of interesting plans coming in the new year including a full site to promote and sell items, partnerships, and new markets where I'll be selling things.
Super Sad True Love Story
Gary Shteyngart's satire takes place 5 minutes into our future. It's a word where reality is constantly mediated, augmented, and livestreamed. Where you are judged by your crowdsourced fuckability rating and your credit score, both of which are constantly projected above your head through the ubiquitous apparat - demon spawn of today's smart phone. Also, Lenny Abramov, the book's protagonist, "a self-deprecating Russian-American Jewish male, self-conscious about his appearance, uselessly well-educated, wry, passionate, neither old nor young, and helplessly prone to error," is my new favorite antihero.
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Bradford Cox is the most brilliant musician working today.
The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
This album perfectly matches my slide into middle aged anxiety. I love it!
I didn't think a Danger Mouse / James Mercer collaboration would be good. Shows what I don't know.
The rise and fall and rise again of Don Draper was the best thing on television this year. Mad Men is meta-narrative at its best.
The costumes and art direction on this show were reason enough to tune in but the rich characters, luscious writing, and sexy, textured pacing were what got me helplessly addicted. Can't wait for season 2.
This device was my constant companion through all of the trials and tribulations of this incredibly difficult and immensely rewarding year. Every time I use it, which is basically all day and night, I get a distinct "living in the future" feeling. Advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.