A procrastinator’s guide to gift books

Well, you’ve done it again. It’s the weekend before Christmas, Hanukkah is well underway, and the non-denominational winter solstice is Sunday. (Celebrators of Kwanzaa still have a little time, though). Alas, you haven’t finished your gift shopping yet, not even close. Not to fear: Here are some great books to give as…

What book did you finally get around to reading in 2014?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d

Our favorite books of the year

This was an odd year for books, usually the quiet introspective cousin at the pop culture family gatherings. But the Amazon/Hachette contract dispute put book publishing on front pages again—okay, mostly in opinion columns and think pieces, but still. As usual, The A.V. Club invited our regular books writers to pick…

Best music of 2014: The ballots

Our main list of the year’s best albums doesn’t just appear out of thin air. It’s tallied from ballots by a group of writers, each of whom list their top 15 in order, with their favorite getting 15 points, their next pick getting 14, and so on. Below are the individual ballots, plus some personal commentary on discs…

The 20 best albums of 2014

Every year, The A.V. Club invites our regular music writers and staff to pick their favorite albums of the past 12 months. This year, we asked writers to pick their 15 favorite albums, with no. 1 earning 15 points, no. 2 earning 14, and so on. We tallied up the results to arrive at our final best-of list. (In the…

A Tom Hardy movie, a soulful new EP, and a cozy blanket

The gimmick almost made me not watch Locke, the one-man movie from earlier this year starring Tom Hardy. It definitely gave my mom pause, too, but once we started the movie, what seemed like a contrivance quickly became what made it work. Hardy is literally the only face on camera for the entire 85-minute running…

Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s rendition of “Space Oddity” (from space) is back online

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield became an Internet sensation last year when a video of his eerie, affecting cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” performed aboard the International Space Station, went viral. But in May of this year, the official version of the video was removed from YouTube due to the expiration of…

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