Best experience at a gig. Sitting a few feet behind Bill Charlap at Ronnie Scott’s as he hurtled through “Cool” from “West Side Story”.
Best exhibition. Phillip Toledano and a cavalcade of his many and varied alter-egos at the Hamburg Triennial of Photography.
Best film. “13 Minutes”, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s taut, humbling account of Georg Elser’s extraordinary attempt to assassinate Hitler in 1939. I saw it again just before Christmas and enjoyed it every bit as much.
Best book (new). Oliver Sacks‘ valedictory memoir “On the Move”. He somehow squeezed half-a-dozen lifetimes into his 82 years.
Best book (old). Lots of competition here, but the title that made the biggest impression on me was Nick Tomalin and Ron Hall’s “The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst”. Failure writ large.