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September 2017

This post marks twelve months of blogging! That seems wrong, but my wordpress history doesn’t lie. I started this blog to force myself to write ideas out, even if they were just lists (like this one!) of things that I liked the past month. It’s been a good exercise. I’ve branched my posts out to include pop culture commentary and weird skincare reviews. I’ve also started keeping a personal journal for the first time in close to a decade.

10/10 Do recommend blogging. Let’s see what the next year brings.

Books

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I’m not usually here for love stories between an old, emotionally unavailable man and a young woman BUT apparently I AM if you throw in magic and evil woods.
Take notes if you’re tying to get me to ignore my feminism for a little bit, I guess.

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Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona, and Nico Leon
Volume 5 and going strong! I’m also not one for weddings, but there’s a good one in here.

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Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
Before volume two, my usual summary of Bitch Planet is “what you wanted Orange is the New Black to be, but in space”. This comic so much more than that.

Podcasts

Unwritten and Left Behind by Ear Hustle
Ear Hustle is still killing it. Unwritten tackles rules regarding race in prison. Left Behind discusses how people, particularly those who did not commit a violent crime, deal with life sentences.

Coal Hogs Work Safe (Episode 275) by 99% Invisible
I also love stickers. Maybe I’d make a great coal miner? We’ll never know.

Sawbones by Sydnee and Justin McElroy
Weird old-timey medical stories! Perfect for October!
I’m not listing specific episodes because I’ve listened to about twenty this month. They’re all equally good. I wonder how many episodes I’ll have to listen to before they cover something I haven’t hit in my weird, late night googling.

Lorde – Sober by Song Exploder
I need a miniseries that covers all of Melodrama. It’s such a good album and she put so much thought into it. This Song Exploder episode is perfect.

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August 2017

I spent August working on weeding my book collection at home, so this month is short on things that I liked. I got rid of two dozen books and still have stacks of books that don’t fit on the shelves.

This didn’t stop me from buying a new stack or rescuing 20 novels during Allston Christmas. Send help.

Books

Killing Rage by bell hooks
This one is going to get its own post. Required reading for anyone that wonders where all of this talk of white supremacy is coming from. Spoiler: It’s not new. It never went away.

Podcasts

Episode 73: Carry A. Nation by Criminal
I never learned about prohibition in the proper context. I was taught about little old lady prudes, not about women trying to fix a societal problem with men and improve the lives of women.

The Boom Boom Room by Ear Hustle
Ear Hustle is a podcast produced by men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. This episode stands alone well as look into marriage and intimacy in prison. You should go listen to everything they’ve produced, though.

The Black Tapes Podcast by Pacific Northwest Stories
The Season 3 premiere was underwhelming BUT Season 1 will forever live in my spooky little heart.

Music

Rainbow by Kesha
Have I mentioned that I love Kesha?

Melodrama by Lorde


I’m selling my soul to these acoustic videos.

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July 2017

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I took my mom to DC and absolutely wore my Bitch Planet leggings to the White House. It’s the little things.

Books

Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Rico Renzi
I’m up to volume 5. Everything about Squirrel Girl is perfect. KICK BUTTS EAT NUTS.

The Kingdom of Gods by NK Jemisin
Usually trickster characters don’t do it for me, but I had so many Sieh feels. This is the last of the Inheritance trilogy, so start with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

Podcasts

Wolf 359 is in its final season. Come for the comedic space life vignettes, stay for the huge government conspiracies. I’m sad to see it ending.

59. One To Another by The Allusionist
Helen Zaltzman interviews the man translating The Memory Palace stories into a Portuguese book. I also love The Memory Palace, but I don’t do anything productive with that love. Instead, sometimes I cry a little at work.

Episode 70: The Procedure by Criminal
CHURCHES MADE A NETWORK TO HELP WOMEN GET ABORTIONS WHEN ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL. Uh, spoiler?

265- The Pool and the Stream by 99% Invisible
Skateboarding history. Suburban pool history. Don’t listen to this on a sweaty train, you’ll get really jealous.

266- Repackaging the Pill by 99% Invisible
I need Roman Mars to give me the design history of everything remotely feminist.

Games

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Dream Daddy

I’ve been playing this one a little bit. You’re a dad that goes on dates with other dads. You’re nice to your daughter and make dad puns. There are cryptids and dogs!

Music

KESHA IS BACK.
I’m prepared to stockpile glitter the second she announces a tour.

The Long Winters
I’ve been listening to these guys on repeat, too. They have a sad song about astronauts.

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June 2017

We’re late this month! I decided to be very patriotic and go to DC for July 4th. It was as busy as you’d expect.

Books

Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
I pulled out of my bad novel slump! This is the first two installments of a trilogy. The first one starts a little rough, but it was her first book. She figures it out.
Mixed race girl saves the world! (Kind of). Fantasy! Magic! Demons! Falling in love with maybe evil incarnate. Yeah, I’m here for it.

Enigma by Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo
I normally cannot deal with the 80s/90s dirty gritty edgy comics because I get really bored when people are irredeemably terrible and I’m supposed to want to read about them. This is my exception. It opens with this:
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Recommended for fans of S-Town.

Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
I’m so happy that coming of age stories about angry goth girls exist now.

Podcasts

Just Girls: The Hidden World of Patti Smith and Judy Linn by The Kitchen Sisters
Really, really listen-able despite the fact that I know almost nothing about Patti Smith.

05 Alessandra: Lips by Mortified
I put off listening to Mortified for a really long time because I cannot. do. secondhand. embarrassment. They somehow keep the secondhand embarrassment to a minimum despite being exclusively embarrassing stories. Girl just wants a boyfriend in this one.

06 Adam: Rhyme or Reason by Mortified
Poetry camp > English teachers.

33 Erin: My Dad Read My Diary! by Mortified
Her dad read her diary, so she gave him something worth reading.

36 Tyler & Janelle: Love, America Online Style by Mortified
Remember saving AIM conversations to read back later? Remember printing out AIM conversations with your crush and then collecting them in a binder to give to them, and then reading them on stage together years later?

41 Jackie: How Not To Be Grateful by Mortified
Extreme TMI scrapbooking.

45 Emma: The Girl Who Cried Y2K by Mortified
I now need a series that explores weird adult doomsday bunker men and their reactions to Y2K. I’m calling Emma if I ever need to survive nuclear war, she was on top of stuff.

58 Forbidden Crushes Part 3: My Secret Gay Crush by Mortified
I’m pretty sure I read this story in at least 8 Xangas growing up. Happy Pride!

Moon Graffiti by The Truth
Short audio fiction exploring what may have happened if Apollo 11 hadn’t made it back home.

Eat Cake by The Truth
A love story that worked for me despite being really creepy if it were real life! Weird.

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May 2017

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Books

One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
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If someone were to kill me, that’s what it would be for.

Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams
I read Volume 1 in February. Volume 2 was also great.

Howard the Duck by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones
I put off reading Howard the Duck for AGES. I love Chip Zdarsky, but Howard is a duck. I didn’t like the Ms. Marvel crossover..and..ducks, guys. I was wrong for putting it off. It got me in the feels way more than a lot of Marvel does.

Podcasts

TLDR: I’ve been binge-listening The Memory Palace. One day I’ll run out of Radiotopia podcasts to listen to. Today is not that day.

The Modern Necropolis (Episode 258) by 99% Invisible
I’m always here for cemetery history.

This is Chance: Anchorwoman of the Great Alaska Earthquake (Episode 259) by 99% Invisible
I’m also always here for stories about women doing their jobs really really well.

Citius, Altius, Fortius, Horrendius (Episode 26) by The Memory Palace
You’ve never been on a run this bad.

The Sisters Fox (Episode 27) by The Memory Palace
Ghost girls!

Heard, Once (Episode 45) by The Memory Palace
I got chills.
This made me want to dig out old CDs for bands I loved in high school, but maybe I shouldn’t ruin the version of songs living in my head.

The Rise and Fall of Rising and Falling (Episode 47) by The Memory Palace
Nate DiMeo is really great at humanizing people you originally would want to make fun of, and then making you laugh anyway.

Picture a Box (Episode 48) by The Memory Palace
I cried a little a work. This should be required listening in history classes, particularly in the south.

400,000 Stars (Episode 60) by The Memory Palace
W o m e n  i n  S T E M

The Glowing Orbs (Episode 61) by The Memory Palace
This one is about John Glenn, so of course I love it.
It also has my all time favorite Memory Palace plot twist.

Episode 73 by The Memory Palace
Tear all the Confederate monuments down.

The Ballad of Captain Dwight (Episode 75) by The Memory Palace
If you liked Hidden Figures you’ll love crying to harsh reality.

Mary Walker Would Wear What She Wanted (Episode 76) by The Memory Palace
Dress for the job that you want until they give in and give it to you.

Artist in Landscape (Episode 79) by The Memory Palace
Audubon could paint some birds, but he sure wasn’t nice to his wife.

S-Town by Serial and This American Life
I listened to this driving through the south on my way home and can confirm it’s accuracy.

Family Snapshot (Episode 89) by The Memory Palace
Adding this to the list of astronaut stories that made me cry.

New Jersey (Episode 260) by 99% Invisible
No, not THAT New Jersey.

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April 2017

Books

I’m on Goodreads if you want to see the number of one star reviews I give in between liking things. I’m not having great luck with books that don’t have pictures.

Giant Days by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Whitney Cogar
I wish college had been like this. Volume 2 was a little rough, but everyone is back to ‘normal’ in Volume 3.

Casanova by Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, and Cris Peters
I almost recommend reading Volume 3 first. All of the bad weirdness starts to get smoothed out there. Now we’re left with good weirdness, time travel, and ukuleles.

Thor by J. Michael Straczynski, Olivier Coipel, and Mark Morales
Movie Thor hasn’t been doing it for me, but this Thor is promising. This picks up after Ragnarok so spoilers for the next movie? Maybe. Who knows what the MCU is doing these days. LADY LOKI, guys.

Deadly Class by Rick Remender and Wes Craig
I really need to stop reading this before bed. One of the few ‘dark’ comics that actually reads as dark for me. Volume 1 sets the stage. In volume 2 a class of assassins takes on some rednecks.

One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
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You know how some books feel like a friend and when you read them you feel closer to the human race? Yeah, this is one of those.


Podcasts

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I still have a huge Radiotopia problem.
I got to see Roman Mars and Helen Zaltzman in 99% Allusional! It’s everything you’ve ever wanted. (If everything you’ve ever wanted is Roman Mars singing about Rosalind Franklin).

Wishful Thinking (the dislike club part IV) by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
A great overview of Twitter’s troll infestation.

New York After Rent (III of III) by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
Come for the Airbnb discussion, stay for the terrible Rent parody song.

Instaserfs (parts I, II, and III) by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
The problem with Uber (even when it’s not being sexist).

Björk – Stonemilker by Song Exploder
“How It’s Made” but for a Björk song.

CHVRCHES – Clearest Blue by Song Exploder
I’m having a hard time coping with how Chvrches makes songs because it’s the exact opposite of what I would do.

A light touch and a slight nudge by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
CONSPIRACY THEORISTS ARE LAZY.

Honeypot by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
All of these advertising algorithms and they still don’t know that I’m not interested in getting a degree from the school that I already have a degree from.

The Architect of Hollywood (Episode 255) by 99% Invisible
Paul Revere Williams learned to draw upside down so white people wouldn’t feel uncomfortable sitting on the same side of the table as him. Man.

Sounds Natural (Episode 256) by 99% Invisible
Pros of this episode: Talks about how nature documentaries are crafted, and how they can be a little misleading. A cat purrs while Roman Mars talks.
Cons of this episode: They don’t burn down fake documentaries from the Discovery channel, which I have personally had to debunk to people.
Still a good time.

Entrapment by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
Can FBI surveillance cause what it’s trying to detect?

The Album Leaf – The Outer Banks by Song Exploder
I hadn’t heard of The Album Leaf before this episode. I’m into them. There’s a glockenspiel in this song. Is that a selling point for you? It is for me.

The Authority (Episode 54) by The Allusionist
“Sometimes you want to make the dictionary sexy but it’s just not a sexy thing”.

Brian Reitzell – Watch Dogs by Song Exploder
Video game songwriting!

The Long Winters – The Commander Thinks Aloud by Song Exploder
I’ve listened to this episode three times. I’ve listened to the song a lot more. I made a whole playlist of sad astronaut songs because of this song. It’s that good.

International Brotherhood of Mothers (Episode 10) by The Memory Palace
Mother’s day just became my favorite holiday. An origin story after my own heart.

The Brothers Booth (Episode 11) by The Memory Palace
Putting Abraham Lincoln’s assassination into context. It was like Drew Barrymore did it.

Secret Kitty (Episode 16) by The Memory Palace
“They were scientists, not witches.” I want to be a witch scientist and make an army of kitty spies.

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March 2017

Books

I read more books than two comics this week. They weren’t great. Here’s the ones that were:

Black Magick by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott
Beautifully drawn witch cop? Yeah, I’m here for that.

Casanova by Matt Fraction, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon
I didn’t understand a lot of Volume 1 last month, but I understood some of the references in Volume 2! It’s worth plowing through.

Podcasts

I’ve heard that some podcasts exist that aren’t a part of Radiotopia. Weird, right?

Church (Sanctuary, Part 1) (Episode 249) by 99% Invisible
If your religion doesn’t help refugees, it’s useless. That’s not the tone of this episode but..there’s no lie.

State (Sanctuary, Part 2) (Episode 250) by 99% Invisible
I had to wait a full week for this. It took so much self control to not just Google the rest of the story.

Wildin (Episode 62) by Criminal
It’s really easy to live in a bubble and not listen to the stories of undocumented immigrants. If you listen to anything this month, listen to this one.

Bosom Holder (Episode 2) by The Allusionist
I will listen to people talk about the history of women’s fashion forever.

Going Viral (Episode 3) by The Allusionist
We should all strive to be chronic infections instead of acute ones.

Detonating the C-Bomb (Episode 4) by The Allusionist
I checked that my headphones were plugged in all the way about 50 times during this episode.

Crosswords (Episode 8) by The Allusionist
Guess what this episode is about.

Negative Space: Logo Design with Michael Bierut (Episode 251) by 99% Invisible
Nearly an hour of logo talk. Design nerd heaven.

Rochester, 1991 (Episode 63) by Criminal
I cried a little on the train.

WLTM part I and part II by The Allusionist
Part I is historical dating ads if you want to pretend you’re too good for online dating..part II teaches you how the game the system.

Manzanar (Episode 253) by 99% Invisible
It’s important to know what our country did to Japanese Americans. It’s important to not do it again.

Getting Toasty (Episode 41) by The Allusionist
WOMEN SCIENTISTS IN ANTARCTICA.

Videos


ASK A MORTICIAN – All about cremation!
Caitlin Doughty is killing it.