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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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music, reviews

Are we going to talk about how Kesha’s “Woman” is what we really wanted from “Dirty Love”?

Kesha is back, guys.

Last week she dropped “Praying”, which is included below for That Whistle Note.

And then, before any of us had time to fully process what we experienced, she released “Woman”. We got a woman being powerful anthem and a woman power anthem in one month! 2017 is looking up.

Take some time to dance around your apartment and appreciate this song on it’s own.
Listen to it again knowing that she wrote it in response to Donald Trump.
Realize that Kesha is covered in sequins, partying in a bar, and she throws in another casual whistle note, just to prove she can.

Now, let’s go back to 2012/2013 when “Dirty Love” was made.


Kesha is also partying in a bar, streamers all around, singing about how she doesn’t need a man to buy her things. The difference here is that she has to accommodate the patriarchy a little bit and reassure everyone that she does want a man for The Sex. The video also takes place in a parallel universe where Iggy Pop doesn’t exist.

“Woman” is the revamped version of “Dirty Love”. She finally got to make her damn song. I’m so excited for the rest of this album.