Reading: Just finished W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn.
Audio: The Cure, especially The Top.
Video: Tell Me Who I Am on Netflix. (Intense.) Never Have I Ever. (Warm-hearted.)
Reading: Still getting through Colette’s Claudine novels. Also, dipping into some coffee-table books about perfume bottles.
Audio: A Lloyd Cole “listening party” on Twitter, organized by Tim Burgess, with Mr. Cole himself! I’m definitely going to “attend” more of these.
Video: Finished Season 5 of “Schitt’s Creek” and Season 1 of “Broadchurch.” Two very different moods!
Reading: I’m reading Colette’s Claudine novels for the first time.
Audio: Anna Sui’s latest Spotify contribution, a “Work from Home” playlist
Video: Better Call Saul. Also, using Netflix and Amazon to circle back to classic movies I haven’t seen in ages and ages, like The Eyes of Laura Mars.
Happy 2020 and Year of the Rat! I’m doing this list a little later in the month than usual. What have you been up to lately?
Reading: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.
Audio: I just realized that WNYC’s “American Standards” has a streaming channel. How did I not know this?!
Video: Season 3 of The Crown. Some really outstanding actors in this season, including the ones who portray Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
I haven’t written anything over the past couple weeks, due to the gloomy weather, fatigue from a lingering sinus infection, and sadness over Gaia’s passing. So I’ll ease back into things with this monthly round-up. Feel free to share your own doings in the comments!
Reading: Debbie Harry’s memoir, Face It. Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (for the first time in…a long time!).
Audio: Annie Lennox, A Christmas Cornucopia
Reading: Just started Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, because I’ve never read it and I’m preparing for a trip to Savannah.
Audio: I recently watched a documentary about the Laurel Canyon sound of the mid-60s. It was a mediocre sort of film, but now I’m listening to various bands from that era and remembering how much I love The Byrds.
Video: Waiting for The Irishman to come to Netflix…