I am enjoying the concise but usually very interesting (by interesting people such as Cindy Sheehan) short political essays published daily at Common Dreams. I also enjoyed Matt Groenig's introduction to this year's The Best American Non-Required Reading, which also includes The [New] Iraqi Constitution, a great essay on creative writing by Kurt Vonnegut (in which he humorously abhors the semi-colon, one of my own pet peeves), and David Foster Wallace's recent commencement speech at Kenyon College. I am re-reading Kundera's Slowness and working my way through a collection of short stories from Southeast Asia, Virtual Lotus, which I plan to teach soon.
The shortlist that made my Christmas list: Breaking the Alabaster Jar, The Bookseller of Kabul, Jon Lee Anderson's Che, and Saving Fish from Drowning.
On poetry, I am still reading and enjoying Drive, Solstice, Pity the Drowned Horses, Circle, Half-Lit Houses, and wanting to begin Machine Art and Other Writings.
And yes, for those wondering---James Kim's story broke my heart.