Press-Citizen arts reporter gives his top five recommendations

In theory, this is the last “GO” cover story I’ll be writing for the Iowa City Press-Citizen before starting a new reporting position in Des Moines after this week.

This comes after two years at the Press-Citizen and eight years in Iowa City.

There will be a period of overlap. I’ll still be writing at least some articles for the Press-Citizen as I make the gradual transfer to the Des Moines Register in the coming weeks. Truth be told, I will likely still author a few other GO covers for future Thursdays.

Still, in light of this shift, now seemed a good time to not only share some of my personal favorite pieces of media but also to reflect on Iowa City works that have excited me over the years.

So I’ve taken space here to pair some of my favorite works of literature, music and the like with local analogs.

More:Local artists and experts pick favorite pieces from a decade of art and culture


“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

Don’t watch the movie. 

That’s a rather on-the-nose statement regarding a book-to-film adaptation, especially of a favorite book. In this case, however, it’s not that I dislike the movie, as the book intentionally can only be presented in written form.

 Published in 2005, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” focuses on Oskar Schell, a 9-year-old who lost his father in the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. While grappling with grief, he finds a mysterious key and, knowing his father to be someone who loved hidden object games, he sets out to unravel what the key unlocks.

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