“We live the given life, not the planned.”
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“We live the given life, not the planned.”


This Week

2022 has had a less than ideal start for me, and I would imagine for many others. It’s been crowded and confusing. I hope it sorts itself out soon.

In the meantime, I posted my list of things I liked in 2021.

Also, by virtue of the calendar, I’m now officially done with my 2021 media log. For new folks around here, this is a thing I do. A couple of years ago, I wrote about why and how I keep a media log.

On the podcast front, we released a brief review of season two and preview of season three. Our first episode of this season drops this weekend.


Links

“Every day of the last two years, we’ve seen the devastating consequences of combining a torrential flow of information with lousy reading and thinking.” Have we forgotten how to read critically?

Debt demands a body.

Steven Soderbergh’s Seen, Read 2021.

62 books by women of color to read in 2022.

“Rather than agonizing over “writer’s block,” maybe we can accept that we aren’t blocked at all, and that resting might just be part of our process.” Maybe the secret to writing is not writing. (Also applicable to many things other than writing.)

“Why I love January horror movie season.”

In defense of Wendy, Barbra, and the traumatized women of horror cinema.

One of my favorite things I watched last year, the folk horror film documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched, is now streaming on Shudder along with a tremendous collection of other folk horror.

Interviewing a Chicago neighbor who has lived on the same block for almost a century.


Reading/Watching/Listening

Note: I’ve switched my reading tracking from Goodreads to StoryGraph, which I find far more streamlined and straightforward. Recommended for anyone else who is looking for a Goodreads alternative.

  • I read Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone and it enthralled me. (Mild spoiler alert) I might have preferred to see the story take more supernatural paths towards the end, but it ends up a solid thriller.
  • I caught up with Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth, a wicked little novella crafted from Japanese folklore and well-deserving of all its 2021 accolades.
  • It is shocking I hadn’t already seen Suddenly, Last Summer, but I fixed that recently by catching it on the Criterion Channel. A delicious slice of highbrow camp with all the Tennessee Williams subtext one could want.

A sled full of pugs wearing jackets and pink knit hats sailing across the snow

Stay warm, stay safe, stay bright.

Love,
Jen

This week’s quote is from Wendell Berry.