Weekly Recap #5: What I’m Listening To, Reading and Watching

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LISTENING TO…

Semper Femina – Laura Marling [ALBUM]

Lots to listen to with this album, and I’ve been listening closely this past week. Thanks to my friend Josh for recommending this one to me.

READING…

Nashville Cat: The Wayne Moss Story – Michael Selke [BOOK]

Wayne Moss is one of those guitar players you didn’t know you knew. As one of Nashville busiest session players, his contribution to popular music is massive. For example: “Pretty Woman,” “Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line,” and Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde. Thanks to Barry Walsh for giving me a copy of this book.

Ms. Marvel: No Normal – G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona [COMIC BOOK]

Well done origin story of the new Ms. Marvel character, passing the title over from Carol Danvers to Kamala Khan. I’m about halfway through the book as I write this, so I can’t give it a full review, but so far I’m digging it.

The Mother of All Questions – Rebecca Solnit [BOOK]

I just love Solnit’s writing. This book opens with a great essay about that question women get asked all the time – and the assumptions behind it. I think I’ll be gifting this book a lot.

WATCHING…

The Handmaid’s Tale [TV SERIES]

I’m almost finished reading the book, but I couldn’t wait to start watching the show. Because the show adds so much more to the story (most notably: you get to see things outside of Offred’s perspective), I think going between the show and the book works well.

Weekly Recap #4: What I’m Listening To, Reading and Watching

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LISTENING TO…

Thrill Of The Arts – Vulfpeck [ALBUM]

This is Ali’s favourite new band, so I’ve been hearing this music in my house for a while now. On a drive to Kingston the other day I gave Vulfpeck my first really attentive listen. It’s fun music that wears its influences on its sleeve. We’re going to check out their live show tonight at the Phoenix.

Writing Down The Bones – Natalie Goldberg [AUDIOBOOK]

I would’ve read the actual book instead of listening to the audiobook if it weren’t for the recommendation from my friend Kerri. This is more than an audiobook – the author is reading a book she wrote at 36, commenting on it as a 50 year old. It’s like having a director’s commentary on a DVD. It’s full of solid insight from someone who’s devoted her life to writing.

Rebecca Solnit – On Being with Krista Tippet [PODCAST]

The other day I was scrolling through the archives of Krista Tippet’s On Being podcast and realized I missed this interview with Rebecca Solnit from 2016. I recognized the name because I read her book The Faraway Nearby a few months ago. This interview made me want to check out her other books like Men Explain Things To Me and The Mother of All Questions.

READING…

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood [BOOK]

Another book that everyone but me read a long time ago. Honestly, this is the first Margaret Atwood book I’ve read! I’m so behind. Anyway, I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, and now that the tv series has begun I’m finally doing it. And of course it’s brilliant.

Supergirl: Being Super – Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones [COMIC BOOK]

I’m still in shock that my friend Mariko is writing this Supergirl series. If anyone can make make this character actually relatable and funny and smart, it’s Mariko. And oh my god it’s so exciting to see real female bodies like this in a comic book. I’m loving the artwork. It’s just so deeply satisfying to finally get a version Supergirl that feels like this. If only the TV show (which I do enjoy) could be based on this version!

I was going to wait for it to come out in a collected book, but it’s better to support the series by purchasing each issue as it comes out. And as a super fan I like to buy every possible version of the same item anyway.

WATCHING…

Finding Vivian Maier [DOCUMENTARY]

Fascinating story of an extremely prolific photographer who kept all of her work hidden from the world.

Weekly Recap #3: What I’m Listening To, Reading and Watching

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LISTENING TO…

Away from Her (Music from the Motion Picture) – Jonathan Goldsmith [ALBUM]

The perfect film score. This is one of my go-to albums when I sit at my computer to write. Bach played on electric guitar with really gentle loops fluttering in the background. Hugh Marsh, George Koller. If you haven’t seen the film yet, you really should. Then buy the soundtrack. Maybe it has something to do with Canadian sensibilities, but Sarah Polley’s films feel so emotionally familiar. And Jonathan Goldsmith’s music is completely tied to that feeling. I can’t imagine this film having any other music. I feel the same way about Take This Waltz, another Sarah Polley/Jonathan Goldsmith collaboration.

Thelonious Monk – Pure Monk [ALBUM]

Seems to be only available on vinyl. I’ve been listening to this a lot over the past few weeks. 2 LPs of solo piano.

READING…

The Missing Myth – Gilles Herrada [BOOK]

“Why is homosexuality an issue?” That’s a big question and this book does a fantastic job of exploring it through the lens of “integral theory.” You don’t need to know much about integral theory to understand this book (but it doesn’t hurt). Basically, the author looks at homosexuality throughout history through three different lenses: Plato’s Good, True and Beautiful. In integral theory terms, that would be the perspectives of We (inter-subjective), It (objective) and I (subjective).

WATCHING…

The Power of Myth – Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers [TV SPECIAL]

This is television at its educational best. I remember watching this in high school as part of a media studies class. As I’ve been re-watching it all on YouTube I’ve been thinking about how cool it would be for someone to do a modern remake. Like Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.