What I Read and Watched in September

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Thoughts & reflections:

  • So happy to have found the Philosophize This! podcast. I’m only 3 or 4 years behind, but I’m catching up and learning lots.
  • Also happy that Transparent is back! Season 4 wasn’t my favorite, but still compelling and certainly worth watching.
  • Frances Ha might be my most favorite movie I’ve seen so far this year, which is a pleasant surprise considering this year hasn’t been much for movie-watching.
  • It looks like I didn’t read much, but the majority of my reading time went into a 500+ page historical nonfiction tome that I didn’t quite finish in time for October. I’ll save it for next month’s log.

Ideas for next month: 

  • October is a busy month, but I’m going on a week-long “unplug” vacation which means lots of writing and reading. Can’t wait.
  • I might make a rare trip to the movie theater to see the Blade Runner sequel. Also can’t wait.
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What I Read and Watched in August

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Thoughts & reflections:

  • I can’t even attempt to find a common thread between the media I consumed this past month. I was all over the place — hilariously so. I’ll call it an exploratory month.
  • My addiction to podcasts is deepening. Oh no, or oh yay? I’m so happy that Nancy is back, and I’m also enjoying Cameron Esposito’s new Queery podcast. Between those and some Adrienne Rich in the mix, I think I got my queer fix this month.
  • Because of my writing project, I didn’t allow myself many chances to chill and watch TV or movies. Everything I watched I watched with company. I’ve mentioned this in past media logs, but I’m appreciating movies more as shared media experiences, especially since reading and writing are such solitary activities.
  • I waited literally one year for Diary of an Oxygen Thief to come in at the library.  One year. And it was not worth the wait. So not worth the wait, it was like a cruel practical joke. Top 10 worst books I’ve ever read.
  • But August, overall, was a reminder that it’s okay to spend time consuming media that you just don’t like. Sure, life’s too short, blah blah, but I say that knowing what you don’t like is just about as important as knowing what you do like. It’s even more important not to assume any piece of media will fall into either category based on genre, popularity, etc.. Like Diary of an Oxygen Thief — I thought I’d like it. Wrong. It Follows? Randomly loved it, even though I’m not a horror buff.

Ideas for next month: 

  • I’m already falling in love with 2 other podcasts and it’s only September 5. This is a problem. I’m becoming that person who always starts sentences with “So I was listening to this podcast…” and I don’t know if I’m ready to be that person yet.
  • I want to mix in at least at least a little nonfiction this month.

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 June

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  • Nancy (s1)
  • NPR’s Up First
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour
  • Invisibilia (S3)

Thoughts & reflections:

  • Soooo I had a busy month. And it was a great month, so I’m not even going to feel bad about the few books I read and the zero movies I watched. Some months are more output than input, and I put out this June. Oh… what? I mean that I finished draft two of a major writing project. What did you think I meant?
  • Invisibiliaaaaaahhh! Why was this season so short? I should’ve savored it! Still my favorite podcast. Filled me up with so many ideas and “did you know?’s” to share.
  • Yeah, basically all June I kept catching myself saying, “So I was listening to this podcast…” Because I’m that person now, apparently. But really, they give me so much joy. I’m so sad that season 1 of Nancy is over now, also. Too soon!
  • What’s more intense — RPDR or OITNB? Ah! They both leave me exhausted! But I loved following Drag Race up until the finale.

Ideas for next month:

  • I feel rejuvenated and ready to get back into a regular reading routine. And it’s a good thing I have a pile of books in my “to read” pile. I’m all set for summer.

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.

October Media Log

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  • Gravity Falls
  • Regular Show
  • Bob’s Burgers

PODCASTS:

  • Welcome to Night Vale (episodes 16-39)
  • Lore (episodes 1 – 6)
  • Invisibilia (Season 1)
  • Serial (Season 1)

Thoughts & reflections: 

  • All about the audio this month. In addition to my rampant podcast listening, two out of my five books I listened to as audiobooks. I spent a lot of time in the car in October, what can I say? Thank you LibriVox. Thank you NPR.  And all hail the glow cloud.
  • Considering it was October, I didn’t really read anything spooky, did I? Miss Peregrine was slightly spooky, I guess. I believe it’s going to make a great Tim Burton film.
  • I read some good graphic novels this month. Here was so inky, the book itself smelled weird, but it was awesome.
  • I’m not above watching Minions. But I am free to admit that I thought it was pretty terrible.
  • If you’re going to watch a foreign film with dubbing, make sure the English voice actors aren’t atrocious. I don’t know what version of Let the Right One In I watched, but the voice acting was so, so bad. So bad, it was comical.
  • It looks like I didn’t watch any movies this month, but I’m not counting my re-watching of Halloween favorites (speaking of Tim Burton).
  • I’m somewhat surprised how much reading I got done considering my dramatic schedule change. I discovered that my local library is busier at night than it is during the day (not surprising). And I have a newfound appreciation for lazy Sunday reading. And though Serial may have been one of the most engrossing series I’ve ever listened to, I’d be fine never to drive a car ever again, thanks very much.

Ideas for next month: 

  • I will play it by ear. HAH. Get it? Because I’m still going to be podcasting/audio-reading for awhile. Is what it is. I’ll take the opportunity to catch up on some public domain classics.
  • Good movies. I want to watch them.
  • Psychology books shall be read.