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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I spent August working on weeding my book collection at home, so this month is short on things that I liked. I got rid of two dozen books and still have stacks of books that don’t fit on the shelves.
This didn’t stop me from buying a new stack or rescuing 20 novels during Allston Christmas. Send help.
Killing Rage by bell hooks
This one is going to get its own post. Required reading for anyone that wonders where all of this talk of white supremacy is coming from. Spoiler: It’s not new. It never went away.
Episode 73: Carry A. Nation by Criminal
I never learned about prohibition in the proper context. I was taught about little old lady prudes, not about women trying to fix a societal problem with men and improve the lives of women.
The Boom Boom Room by Ear Hustle
Ear Hustle is a podcast produced by men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. This episode stands alone well as look into marriage and intimacy in prison. You should go listen to everything they’ve produced, though.
The Black Tapes Podcast by Pacific Northwest Stories
The Season 3 premiere was underwhelming BUT Season 1 will forever live in my spooky little heart.
Rainbow by Kesha
Have I mentioned that I love Kesha?
Melodrama by Lorde
I’m selling my soul to these acoustic videos.
I took my mom to DC and absolutely wore my Bitch Planet leggings to the White House. It’s the little things.
Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Rico Renzi
I’m up to volume 5. Everything about Squirrel Girl is perfect. KICK BUTTS EAT NUTS.
The Kingdom of Gods by NK Jemisin
Usually trickster characters don’t do it for me, but I had so many Sieh feels. This is the last of the Inheritance trilogy, so start with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.
Wolf 359 is in its final season. Come for the comedic space life vignettes, stay for the huge government conspiracies. I’m sad to see it ending.
59. One To Another by The Allusionist
Helen Zaltzman interviews the man translating The Memory Palace stories into a Portuguese book. I also love The Memory Palace, but I don’t do anything productive with that love. Instead, sometimes I cry a little at work.
Episode 70: The Procedure by Criminal
CHURCHES MADE A NETWORK TO HELP WOMEN GET ABORTIONS WHEN ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL. Uh, spoiler?
265- The Pool and the Stream by 99% Invisible
Skateboarding history. Suburban pool history. Don’t listen to this on a sweaty train, you’ll get really jealous.
266- Repackaging the Pill by 99% Invisible
I need Roman Mars to give me the design history of everything remotely feminist.
I’ve been playing this one a little bit. You’re a dad that goes on dates with other dads. You’re nice to your daughter and make dad puns. There are cryptids and dogs!
KESHA IS BACK.
I’m prepared to stockpile glitter the second she announces a tour.
The Long Winters
I’ve been listening to these guys on repeat, too. They have a sad song about astronauts.
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.