Do something you enjoy! Some things that I enjoy:
An Incomplete List of Podcasts I’ve Been Listening To When I Walk To Work, In No Particular Order
|Philosophy & LIS||Stories!||Miscellany|
|Hi-Phi Nation||Steal the Stars||Judge John Hodgman|
|Philosophy Bites||The Magnus Archives||The Bugle|
|Beyond the Stacks||King Falls AM||Snap Judgment|
|History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps||Within The Wires||Radiolab|
The Movie I Saw Yesterday
Thor: Ragnarok is not by any stretch of the imagination an actually good movie, if by “good” you mean a well-written, well-acted bit of high cinema with a tightly constructed narrative and a compelling use of the visual to tell its story. It is, nonetheless, a lot of fun to watch, and I’d happily sit through it again, giggling the whole time. Go forth and enjoy, I say!
It finally occurred to me as I watched Ragnarok (I’m really late to this realization, I know) that the actors do such a phenomenal job with so, so little in the Thor films that the movies themselves function better as character advertisements meant to inspire fanworks (the Loki fandom knows precisely what I mean) than as independent productions. I couldn’t help thinking that reframing Ragnarok (and the other two films) entirely inside-out, pulling a Stoppard (as it were) would really be…well, sort of delightful.
Two Books I’m Digging Right Now
I don’t have time to read.
Oh, OK, so I have recently read a couple of things on the work side of my life that I’ve quite liked: Perzanowski and Schultz’s The End of Ownership (MIT, 2016) and Saito’s Aesthetics of the Familiar: Everyday Life and World-Making (Oxford, 2017 — I just reviewed this one for Choice). If you’re at all interested in figuring out how to negotiate intellectual property in the realm of the digital, The End of Ownership is an excellent read — clear, thorough, and well worth thinking about. Aesthetics of the Familiar is a really helpful point entry for philosophical discussions of the aesthetics of everyday life, as well as an interesting extension of aesthetics into the practical business of living.
Oh, and I got a kick out of Robyn Bennis’ The Guns Above. That was some fun, right there, and I look forward to the next book in the series. Sheesh — I read that MONTHS ago. I really need to find some fiction time…
I guess that’s three books then. Huh.
A Small Sample of the Television I Have To Stream On Sundays, Because I Don’t Have Time During The Week
Did I get through both seasons of Stranger Things? Yup. This sort of thing just panders to people like me who were nerdy teenagers in the 80s, and I was only too happy to permit the pandering. Pander away, I say! Pander to your heart’s content, Duffer Bros! I am receptive to your pandering! Take my money, Netflix!
There is nothing rational to say about the new Dirk Gently. That is, naturally, what I love about it.
I suspect I may be the only person I know who watches Outlander primarily in order to appreciate how perfectly it uses music (props to Bear McCreary, noted bagpipe enthusiast, for some really terrific score work). That damn show is so marvelously detailed in so many small, thoughtful ways, so elegantly and thoroughly designed, that I am willing to forgive it any occasional story weaknesses that might creep up (DO NOT get me started on the current season and the weirdly compelling crazysauce of its origin material, parts of which I absolutely love, and parts of which I skip past with a sigh and a fair amount of grumbling).
OK. FINE. I may also enjoy that show for other reasons.
So: What do you enjoy?