What I'mΒ Reading / Watching Now

Reading rn:

  • A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders - I'm reading this as both a discovery of Checkov, Tolstoy, Gogol and others, whom I've never read, and also as a soft book on writing. My short story writing has definitely taken a step up (or will be with more practice) as a result.
  • Matrix by Lauren Groff - This is a re-read as IΒ LOVEDΒ my initial race I took through this book in early 2022. I'm enjoying it just as much the second time around, in preparation for an article.
  • Entangled Life by MerlinΒ Sheldrake - I'm reading this for a book club and am being amazed at every page by the facts on fungi that the author presents. Their scope and influence upon our world is breathtaking.
  • Small Arcs of Larger Cirlces by Nora Bateson - I've just started this after being lent it by a friend but wow. The first essays and poems have really taken me aback by their methodology of thought.Β Bateson is thinking in a way I think many of us will be in the future - seeing the world as it is, a complex ecosystem of deep entwinement and reliance. We would do well to integrate this more into our societal structures, lest we fall into the trap of believing we have control over this uncontrollable world.

‍

TV Watching rn: ‍

  • Euphoria, Season One(HBO) -
    I have complex feelings about Euphoria. One the one hand it is spectacularly well made, with beautiful cinematography and camera decisions.Β The casting is perfect. The costumes and locations and design all feel seamlessly fitting for the world they exist in. I just feel a little sickly coming out of each episode. I'm glad I saw it, but at the same time I feel a tinge of regret and sadness, like the morning after a disappointing sexual venture. I'll finish Season 1 and see how IΒ feel.
    ‍
  • Station Eleven, Season One (HBO). I read the book and loved it. I have mixed feelings about the series - It's both giving me hope that in a post-apocalyptic world there is still art, which seems to echo a Bertolt Brecht quote, "Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.” And yet as the series has gone a hollowness has appeared in me watching it.Β It feels dragged on, like 10 episodes was too many.
    ‍
  • TokyoΒ Vice, Season One (HBO). I really enjoyed this series, which took a decent dive into the Yakuza and the life of a journalist in Tokyo, as well as being very satisfying to watch in observation of Japanese culture. I think the fact it's focused primarily on a tall white American man feels a bit lacklustre as the series drags on and we lose sympathy with his struggle, but it maintains enough momentum to carry through its 8 episodes.

‍

Book/FilmΒ Reviews

Watched/Read/Seen 2022

Books (best in bold)

Matrix by Lauren Groff πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Freedom from the Known by J Krishnamurti πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Third Man by Graham Greene πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Fallen Idol by Graham Greene πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Food Rules by Michael Pollan πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
What White People Can Do Next by Emma Dabiri πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
In The End It Was All About Love by Musa Okwonga πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
L. DeBard and Aliette by Lauren Groff (short story in the Atlantic)πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Purpose of Power by Alicia Garza πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
4000 Weeks by Oliver Burkeman (Audiobook) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Poilu: The World War 1 Notebooks of Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

‍

‍

Movies &Β TV (Best in bold)

The Green Knight (3rd Watch @home) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Inventing David Geffen (doc @home) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Holy Beasts (@home w/ Dad) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Blown Away Christmas Special (@home w/ Parents) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Liquorice Pizza (@cinema) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Š
Passing (@home)πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (@home w/Β Consti &Β Lauren) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Holiday (@home) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Tick Tick Boom (@home) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
First Cow (@home) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Hand of God (@home) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Austin Powers (@Tenerife airbnb with gang) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Shrek (@Tenerife airbnb with gang) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Long Goodbye (Short inΒ Tenerife) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
It Follows (@Tenerife airbnb with gang) πŸ‘πŸ‘
Run Lola Run (@Writing House Brandenburg) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Undine (@Writing House Brandenburg) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia Synthetic Ibogaine Natural Tramadol (@Writing House Brandenburg) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Milk (Short) (@Writing House Brandenburg) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Dog (Short) (@Writing House Brandenburg) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Le ChΓͺne (@Berlinale) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Cinco Lobitos (@Berlinale) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Crossing (Short) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Sacrifice (@home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Jeen-yuhs A Kanye Story (@home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Double Life of Veronique (@home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Les Glanures et Moi (by Agnes Varda -@home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Drive My Car (cinema Neukolln w/ Tim) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
ClΓ©o from 5 to 7 (Varda @home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Belfast (Cinema with Bella) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
DaguerrΓ©otypes (Varda @home )πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Censor (@home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Drinkers Like Me, Adrian Chiles (@home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Three Brothers (short film @Home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Black Cop (short doc filmΒ @home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
How To With John Wilson S1 (@home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Top Boy Season 4 (@Home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Little Simz - I Love You, I Hate You (ShortΒ @home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Petite Maman (@home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Euphoria S1 (@home ) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Barton Fink (@home Β Corona isolation) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
A Cop StoryΒ (@home Corona isolationπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Training Day (@home Corona isolation)πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
LA Confidential (@home Corona isolation)πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Silent Wedding (@homeΒ Corona isolation) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘β€
Come and See (@home Corona isolation) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Hacks (@home Corona isolation) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The French Connection (@home Corona isolation) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Thelma & Louise (@home Corona isolation)πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
This is Going To Hurt (@home Corona isolation) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

I Am An Old Communist Hag (Romanian movie @home) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
CODA (@home)πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Red Rocket (@Cinema)πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
White Hot: the rise and fall of Abercrombie and Fitch (@home) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Art of Life - Short Doc (@home) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Limbo (@home)πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Everything Everywhere All At Once (@cinema)πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Northman (@cinema)πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Love Death Robots S3 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Marc Rebillet Edeka Ad πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
BoΒ BurnhamΒ Inside Outakes πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
C’mon C’mon πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Stranger Things S4 Vol I πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Hustler (Netflix Sandler) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Tokyo Vice πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
The Worst Person In The World πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Station Eleven (@home) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
‍


‍

‍