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.
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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!! 

August media log

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TV / EPISODES: 

  • Gravity Falls
  • Rick & Morty
  • Regular Show
  • We Bare Bears

GAMES:

  • Fran Bow

Thoughts & reflections: 

  • Clones! Androids! Body snatchers! I guess I was drawn to sorta-human-sorta-not stories this month. That theme wasn’t intentional, as I didn’t even realize Never Let Me Go  was sci fi until I really got into it. But — oh! — how I love fiction that explores the definition of humanity! Excellent media month. Excellent, excellent.
  • Speaking of sorta-human-sorta-not stories, I’m hooked on Saga. It is, however, extremely awkward to read in a public space (okay people, I swear I’m not just casually looking at freaky alien space porn here, jeesh).
  • Wow, I went on quite a cinematic tour this month. My rampant movie-watching correlates with my recent drawing endeavors.
  • Can someone please tell me why I’ve never seen Back to the Future before? Since it’s 2015 (the year Marty and Doc visit in Part II), I decided to watch it. And, duh, it’s great of course. It’s oddly refreshing to watch a sci fi with such obvious plot holes and paradoxes (eg. wouldn’t Marty’s parents be like, “why does our child look just like that kid we knew in high school for a week?!”). Sometimes overthinking every detail and taking the science too seriously detracts from the fun of a story.
  • I said last month that I was craving a pretty video game for my eyeballs. Indie horror game Fran Bow just came out, and while the art is gorgeous, it is seriously the most unsettling game ever. I’m still debating whether or not playing it is worth the nightmares (just kidding, it definitely is, go play it).

Ideas for next month:

  • September’s theme is “twentieth century American popular culture history.” This is research for my current writing endeavor. What exactly that means in terms of media consumption is TBD.
  • I’ve taken to the National Film Registry for making some of my movie watchlist selections (for films older than 2005, that is).
  • Spooky stuffz. Halloween can’t come soon enough.