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QOTD – December 3rd – Best of the Year?

It’s the time of year when all the major entertainment magazines start releasing their “2013 Best of Blah Blah Blah” lists. I find it all pretty humorous, and then I like to watch the sales numbers jump after Best Mag Quarterly says that Album by So-So-and-the-no-one-knows-them tops the list. It says a lot about the way that media truly controls its audience. Every year, our local hipster rag publishes a top 10 list of bands that have barely played shows in town, but are somehow the GREATEST BANDS EVER, and then they race back into obscurity, but not before selling way too many copies of their never-to-be-listened-to-again album.

So, let’s jump past the pseudo-mainstream-media, and send it out to you:

What is your “2013 best of” list? It might not be something that came out this year, but maybe something of which you’ve discovered this year, and fallen in love.

Favorite album?

Favorite Book?

Favorite Song?

Favorite Poem?

Favorite Poetry Question Article/Interview/Prompt/Question?

Favorite Adventure Spot?

Favorite Food?

Favorite ___________ ?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

18 comments on “QOTD – December 3rd – Best of the Year?

  1. Robert Long
    December 4, 2013

    Album: don’t really listen alums all that much, mostly just individual songs

    Book: The Hobbit

    Song: “This will be the Day”

    Poem: “House of Usher by Poe

    Favorite poetry question item: the “music you listen to while writing” one

    Favorite adventure spot: don’t really have one

    Favorite food: Greens

  2. Andre T.
    December 4, 2013

    1. Favorite food- pizza
    2.Favorite song- swimming pools
    3. Favorite book- I do not have one, because I do not really like to read.

  3. Hailey
    December 4, 2013

    Favorite book of 2013- catcher in the rye
    Food- anything Italian

  4. Nathan James
    December 4, 2013

    favorite food-pizza
    favorite book- cirque du freak series

  5. Elina Nikiforets
    December 4, 2013

    Favorite album- Everything in Color Favorite song- Lighthouse
    Favorite book- Between Sundays
    Favorite food- Creme brûlée

  6. Tanya Postolatiy
    December 4, 2013

    Favorite book: Christy Miller Series
    Favorite song: Empty my hands …. Melody 😉
    Favorite food: Sushi

  7. Luba Vorobyeva
    December 4, 2013

    2013 Favorites
    Book: Leaving by Karen Kingsbury
    Song: You never let go by Matt Redman
    Food: Chicken Alfredo

  8. Jake
    December 4, 2013

    Album: not sure
    Book: GreatExpectations
    Song: free will by rush
    Poem: Beowulf
    Poetry question: I am… Statement
    Adventure spot: Spanish Spings Peak
    Food: Awful Awful hamburger in Reno

  9. Hunter
    December 4, 2013

    Favorite album: Pathogen, Two steps from hell

    Favorite Book: Cirque du freak

    Favorite Song: The Last Crusade, Epica

    Favorite Food: Eggplant Parmesan

    No real favorites for the question, poem, or adventure spot.


  10. darcie daniel
    December 4, 2013

    Favorite Album: The 20/20 Experience
    Favorite Book: Divergent
    Favorite Song: Dock of the Bay
    Favorite Poetry Question: the one where you had to describe your face but not the obvious descriptions.
    Favorite Adventure Spot: Downtown Portland
    Favorite Food: Custard pie

  11. Denis fadin
    December 4, 2013

    Favorite album: No Silence by ATB
    Favorite book: Don’t have one.
    Favorite song: Here with me by ATB
    Favorite poem: Don’t have one.
    Favorite Poetry Question: Probably this one
    Favorite adventure spot: Skibowl
    Favorite food: Sushi
    Favorite ____? =Car: VW Golf

  12. SavinaAnna16
    December 4, 2013

    Favorite Food: Russian Ravoili
    Favorite Candy: German Chocolates
    Favorite Adventure Spot: Camping sites in the woods

  13. Noah C
    December 4, 2013

    Favorite book: The Downsidders.
    Favorite Song: Can’t Help by Parachute.
    Favorite Adventure Spot: I guess Lacamas Lake.
    Favorite Food: A nice juicy Cheeseburger!

  14. Dana Fletcher
    December 5, 2013

    Album -Time by Wintersun
    Book – Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    Song – Shostokovich String Quartet No. 5
    Poem – Grace by Emerson
    Food – Pringles

  15. Erick v
    December 5, 2013

    Favorite Album? Ermines new album
    Favorite Book? Narnia
    Favorite Song? Rap god
    Favorite Food? Thanksgiving food
    Favorite Animal? White tiger

  16. kentrel
    December 10, 2013

    Album: i recently listened to Big Daddy Kane, but don’t have a favorite.
    Book: Don’t really have favorite
    Song: Rakim’s Follow the leader
    Poem: Don’t have one
    Food: Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich
    Movie: Hangover part III

  17. Austin
    December 12, 2013

    My favorite thing of 2013 has been football season.

  18. T'Mera Waters
    January 13, 2014

    Favorite album: Thank me later
    Favorite book: Uglies
    Favorite song: White walls
    Favorite poem: The cat in the hat on aging
    Favorite poetry question: If you could travel back in time, what year would you travel to and why?
    Favorite adventure spot: Portland
    Favorite food: Hamburgers
    Favorite movie: How the Grinch stole Christmas

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