I am a little shocked that we've gotten to "end of the year post" time already. I know everybody says this but this year really has passed quickly it seems, at least the fall has.
As always, these are things that were new to ME this year, not necessarily published or released this year. And not just 10 of things!
Books: The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan BradleyThree Parts Dead by Max GladstoneThe Death of Bees by Lisa O'DonnellFive Days at Memorial by Sheri FinkMy Real Children by Jo WaltonLife After Life by Kate AtkinsonThe Lucifer Box series by Mark GatissThe Silkworm by Robert GalbraithPale Fire by Vladimir NabokovHard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki MurakamiKindred by Octavia ButlerThe Bone Clocks by David MitchellNight Film by Marissa PessiFever Pitch by Nick Hornby Graphic Novels: March, Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate PowellSaga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona StaplesSex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick by Mat…
Sometimes I really want to smack myself. In the head, relatively hard, to leave bruises. Usually it happens when I either realize something that I should have figured out long before or when I read something and I am upset about what I've been missing.
That happened last night when I finished Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. How could I get through 20 years of serious reading life and not have read this? How did I manage to go through the last few years without such a relevant, modern book in my mental arsenal? I want to grab everyone I know and make them read it. I don't want to rehash the plot as I think most people know the gist of it but what got me isn't the fact that it was about censorship, it is really about people participating in their own slavery. The long speeches by Montag's boss and his friend Faber really crystalize how a people could be led to become robots. How Bradbury predicted the mass media culture and faux-news environment in 1953 is beyond me. …
I am posting a couple of things that were saved in my drafts....
I also discovered podcasts which have cut into my listening at work.
Books: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesEvicted by Matthew DesmondThe Gene by Siddartha MukherjeeThe Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Movies and TV: Stranger Things was stupendousCaptain America: Civil WarWestworld (the show)Game of ThronesDeadpool
Life: Going on vacation to Florida and introducing Eleanor to the beachB and I had a joint 40th birthday party which was lots of funspeaking of birthdays, Eleanor had a great 1st birthday party tooSeeing Stephen King speak in person