February 2017

I left my volunteer job for my grown up job this month. This is what I made for my boss:
Hand embroidered hoop of Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.
There’s an embroidery section up on the menu now. Hobbies > homework.

I got this really expensive sheet of paper in the mail, too:
My diploma for a cum laude Bachelor of Science from Simmons College. Casual.

It’s been a busy month.

Books

Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, and Takeshi Miyazawa
I read Volume 1 back in December. I don’t think I knew then that Hulu was making it a show. The next logical step is for Netflix to make a competing Young Avengers show, right? Please.

Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, translated by Christina MacSweeney
A beautiful little novel where the characters all blend together as the story progresses. “A horizontal novel, told vertically. A novel that has to be told from the outside in order to be read from within.” Set aside time to read it twice.

Skyscrapers of the Midwest by Joshua Cotter
Joshua Cotter has a way of telling stories linearly while tying every little thing together in unexpected ways. It’s wonderful.

Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams
If I made a comic book character, it would probably be Hellcat. Because cats. And all of my favorite comic book ladies hang out. I was stuck on a train for half an hour when I was reading this and I didn’t even care.

Casanova by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba
I normally wouldn’t include this one because I only gave it three stars on Goodreads..but it’s Matt Fraction. I love Matt Fraction. I’m having the same problem with this as ODY-C. It’s not the book, it’s me. I just don’t understand it. Maybe you will. There are alternative universes and spies.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi
Sometimes you want to see everyone in the Marvel Universe get punched. I also read Volume 4 this month because sometimes you want to see Squirrel Girl go on bad dates. She has the powers of girls AND squirrels.

Kaptara by Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod
It takes place in space and there is a motivational orb. I’m the target audience.
Three panels from Kaptara showing the motivational orb that says "Follow your dreams"

Podcasts

As you can tell from the length of this list, I’ve been regularly commuting again! Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything has been there for me. Surprise, he’s also a member of Radiotopia.
My Radiotopia challenge coin.
It’s not a Presidential coin, but..that’s not as meaningful anymore.

Finding Sarah and Philip (Episode 60) by Criminal
There are still good people in the world. Sometimes they also have good dogs.

Usonia 1 (Episode 246) & Usonia the Beautiful (Episode 247) by 99% Invisible
I remember learning about Frank Lloyd Wright in elementary school. They told us that he was really famous for making houses that blended in with nature. I never felt any need to look more into him. (I know this is really embarrassing for someone who frequently yells about loving an architecture podcast.) This impression was wrong. Frank Lloyd Wright was radical and (good) crazy and I’m going to go read eighty books about him now.

The Clouds (Parts 1, 2, and 3) by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
Benjamen Walker explains ~the cloud~ to you. He also probably almost gives himself cancer trying to touch rare earth metals in illegal mines. I learned stuff AND I was stressed out. Just like college!

Hacked by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
This episode stressed me out a lot less. It probably doesn’t contain Game of Thrones spoilers.

Vanish (Episode 61) by Criminal
Have you ever thought about running away from your life and faking your death? Now you will.

Not Soon Enough by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
The John Singer Sargent bits of this episode are spectacular.

F is for Fake by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
This goes from buying Twitter followers to Chinese internet censorship. Yeah, that escalated quickly.

The Bootlickers by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
I don’t usually learn about feminism from men, but here we are.

Stages on Life’s Way by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
I haven’t been much into philosophy lately, but this episode made me want to read Søren Kierkegaard. It almost made me want to have a bachelorette party (because feminism!) but..no thanks. Those two things are related.

News

This gecko rips off its own skin to escape predators
I can’t stop thinking about what it would be like to grab this gecko.

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