This was perhaps the most wise, beautiful, compulsively readable and profoundly funny novel published this year and hardly anyone noticed. Any Human Heart is the diary of a fictional English writer named Logan Mountstuart, a witty, mildly sinful dilettante who lives through most of the 20th Century, meets lots of famous people (Picasso, Hemingway, the Duke of Windsor), loves, fights, suffers and doesn't get much writing done. Scene by scene, the book prickles with sharp wit and aches with tenderness. Taken as a whole, it is a stunning, moving meditation on art, life, pleasure and the tragic transience of pretty much everything. Seek it out.
Top 10 Everything 2003
Epic times call for epic art, and nothing moved us more than The Return of the King. Other things we loved: Louis Vuitton, William Boyd and BBC's The Office And to the Atlanta group OutKast, we say "Stank you very much!"