What I Read and Watched in July

Finally giving the blog a long-overdue facelift for summer. Fresh design. New mobile-responsive theme. Phew! It’s not exactly how I want it yet, but it’s at least a start. Feelin’ good.

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Thoughts & reflections:

  • Guess who’s back on track. Moi! Slayed my media goals for the month and then some. It’s amazing how much I can read and watch when I’m in-between writing projects. I’ve also tweaked my daily schedule to incorporate more reading time in the mornings, and it’s made a difference.
  • I should really change the name of these media logs to “What I Read, Watched, and Listened to in [Month].” I’ve fallen in love with podcasts and have come to depend on them for news and general interestingness. I’ve made the executive decision to only list podcasts in the log that I listen to with regularly — as in, I try to keep up with the latest episodes — and not count the one-off shows, which there were quite a few of this month.
  • I got to experience the strangeness of putting a face to a podcast voice when, somewhat by chance, I saw Christopher Lydon speak at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord, MA. Which, by the way, was an overall wonderful and weird experience.
  • I went to a movie theater! Woah! It’s been months! I’m using the term “movie theater” loosely. Community theater? A performance stage that also has a screen? Whatever to call it, Obit. was followed up by a panel discussion, which I think should come with all feature films. It was refreshing to watch a film with others in a public space. There’s something special about it shared media experiences.
  • How had I never seen Matilda before? I mean, really. How? I loved it! Ghost, not so much. It was worth the watch just to understand all the cultural references that come from it, though. Also I think it’s funny that 2 of the 3 movies I watched this month are titled Ghost and Obit.

Ideas for next month:

  • My July “summer break” was refreshing, but now I’m diving into another writing project. A new draft of the same writing project, I should say. My goal now is to keep defending my reading time in the morning and evenings, balancing input and output in a routine that makes me happy. Or at least satisfied.
  • I’m craving a good queer read. Too much heteronormativity in my media lately. I miss Nancy and RPDR.

What I Read and Watched in May

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PODCASTS:

  • Nancy
  • NPR’s Up First
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour

Thoughts & reflections:

  • I discovered a new favorite podcast this month. Nancy! It’s so fun and queer, and it just makes me happy. I checked it out based on a recommendation from Pop Culture Happy Hour.  One podcast leads to another, I suppose.
  • Speaking of podcasts, Up First is the first reliable source of daily digestible news that I actually don’t mind. In fact, it’s kind of enjoyable, as far as news goes.
  • Cover girl, put the bass in your walk…
  • Since when did the Best Picture category at the Oscars become a competition for Saddest Movie Ever? Dear lord. Manchester by the Sea is sad and then gets sadder and then your heart’s falling out of your chest and then — credits. And Moonlight was sad but also beautiful and wonderful and wahhh emotions.
  • Can Saga please last forever? That’s the whole idea of a saga right? Well thank god because I never want it to end.
  • Head to toe… let your whole body talk… 

Ideas for next month; 

  • My summer reading list is overwhelming. Good thing it’s currently 49 degrees and doesn’t feel like summer.
  • That photo of me in the sidebar doesn’t even look like me anymore. Well damn. I need to figure out what to do next with this blog, if that’s even what it is.

What I Read and Watched in July

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July, July, it just flew by!

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PODCASTS:

  • Invisibilia
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour

Thoughts & reflections:

  • Yes, I’m aware I’m 2 books short my monthly quota. No, I don’t feel bad about it. I had a good, busy month. And One Hundred Years of Solitude (OHYoS?) was an undertaking. I had to re-read some parts. I’m still processing it.
  • Oh, Invisibilia. “In this episode, we’ll be talking about whatever it is that is most relevant in Kendra’s life right now.” Yup. Every episode is eerily relevant and intensely fascinating. How do they do it? I’ve also gotten hooked on Pop Culture Happy Hour, because it makes me feel up-to-date with TV and movies even though I’m really not. I apparently love NPR broadcasting so much that it’s spilled over into my TV-watching. This American Life, the TV series, is almost a decade old now, but the subjects and stories are still fascinating. Gives me lots of think about, which just makes my head happy.
  • Sagaaaaaaa!! Finally! Well worth the long library hold waiting list. When it came in, it was like Christmas. The librarian must’ve sensed my joy. I devoured it, and now I’m back playing the waiting game.
  • Hah. Movies. Hah.

Ideas for next month:

  • I need to get back on a regular reading routine. Summer days and good weather have me all thrown off! I just want to move and frolic. But I also want to read all the things. So.
  • I’ll be testing out a couple more comics series this month until I get hooked on something. Or maybe I won’t. Gosh I still miss Y: The Last Man. That just set my standards so high, I may never recover.
  • After OHYoS, I feel like I need to read some fluffy fiction. Or something straightforward. Some simple, tidy stories perhaps?
  • Stranger Things!! 

What I Read and Watched In June

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PODCASTS:

  • Invisibilia (S2: E1-2)*
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour (E 6/24)
  • Hidden Brain (E36)

Thoughts & reflections:

  • Yikes. One book short of my quota. June was a busy summer month, but it was a good month, so I’m not disappointed. I only have so many hours in a day, yo.
  • I finally invested in a streaming device, so now I can use my TV like a normal person. Yay! But you can see how that’s affected my movie/TV watching — pretty much not at all yet. Hah. But! The first movie I watched on it, just to test it, somehow ended up being one of the best movies I’ve ever seen?! Ghost World is exactly my kind of movie. I love when that happens. Random whims that turn into favorites.
  • Bah. This just hasn’t been a good comics-reading year. There hasn’t been any complete series that I’ve been excited to read one after another, so I’ve just been picking up random graphic novels and trade paperbacks and nothing is really striking me. Ah well.
  • My “authors from towns I live/lived in” theme turned out to also be a “postwar angsty young men” theme. Such good reading, my god. Oh, Rabbit and Sal. I loathe you but I love you because you’re both so familiar to me, uncomfortably so.
  • Podcasts! Invisibilia is back for season 2 and oh I love it so, so much! The subjects covered in this season are eerily relevant to my life lately. The “Personality Myth” episode, in particular, was incredibly eye-opening (mind-opening?). I love the series so much, it’s inspired me to test out some other NPR podcasts. Pop Culture Happy Hour I particularly enjoyed, and it actually led me to watch Suited, an HBO short documentary that I also enjoyed.
  • This month demonstrates that I don’t have to meet any particular quota to have a good media month.

Ideas for next month:

  • This is going to sound crazy, but I got this jigsaw puzzle of random book covers, and it features so many of my favorite books, even obscure ones, that it’s eerie. There are some books on it that I haven’t read (or even heard of), and I figure they might be ones I’ll enjoy, too? Let a random jigsaw puzzle determine my next book selections? Sure, why not!
  • I would like to watch some more movies, now that I have a reliable method of streaming them. But… it’s summer and I want to be outside. Hm.
  • Feminism.