It’s July! Already. The UK has been having some of the most spectacular weather I’ve experienced in my 7 years here. It’s been hot and sunny every day now for weeks, and it’s set to continue. It’s definitely one I will remember, for many reasons (more details on that at some point soon). I’ve decided that I want my summer 2018 mantra to be explore — new places, new things to cook, new books, etc. — but explore according to the principles of the slow movement (“slowing down life’s pace”): focusing on the present, less technology, more quality time with friends and family. Here are a few favourites.
◌ My sister got me onto Wild Wild Country and now I want to do nothing else but discuss it. If you have a Netflix subscription I highly recommend it. Be prepared for one of the most bizarre, engrossing stories of your life.
It’s nearly April and to be honest I’m welcoming it. March was a very busy month of work, conference, and family visits. I have a couple of weeks away from work now (some vacation, some working from home) and I am so ready for a bit of a break.
◌ My sister gave me Seven Fallen Feathersfor Christmas but I just read it this past month. Wow, just wow: this is a book that every Canadian should read.
◌ Phoebe Judge, of Criminal fame, has started a new podcast. Drop what you’re doing and listen to episode 2 immediately.
◌ Ingredients for face care that are already in your kitchen.
◌ One of my favourite podcasts, CBC’s Someone Knows Something, recommended Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo, and it’s proving to be heartbreaking and eye-opening. Sidenote: I think CBC is doing some of the best investigative journalism around at the moment.
A week without my laptop has meant a slight delay in my February favourites. A short list for a short month.
◌ In Netflix viewing, Dirty Money and Seeing Allred are both must-watches. I watched the first episode of Flint Town on the train and if it is anything to go by, it looks to be crucial (though harrowing) viewing as well.
◌ Two excellent post-2010 (the year austerity was introduced as a dominant ideological policy-making/governance paradigm) books on Britain: one fiction, Home Fire and one non-fiction, The Good Immigrant. These two books represent some of the best written accounts (that I have read) of what it’s like to live in England in 2018.
Where has 2017 gone? Happy December! I’m counting down the days until my Christmas holidays — cannot wait. It has been a very busy and exhausting semester. Here are my favourites for this month.
◌ H. & I are a bit behind on Blue Planet 2, but it’s extraordinary. So good it seems CGI’ed.
◌ Someone Knows Something released a third season. I’m not exaggerating when I say David Ridgen is, I think, the best podcasting journalist I’ve heard. Season 2 blew me away, and season 3 is very good as well.
◌ I’ve had many nights this past month where I have barely known my own name, let alone had the brain capacity to engage with anything cerebral. Teaching 5 hours of university classes a day will do that to you. I’ve found the perfect Netflix show for this: Highway thru Hell. I love it. It’s about the tow trick industry in BC and Alberta.
◌ I’ve read some highly readable and recommended books on extremely heavy and difficult topics lately. Jon Krakauer’s Missoula and Lori Shenher’s That Lonely Section of Hell are not perfect books by any means, but they both shed a lot of light on processes that are generally kept hidden.
◌ Really like this, on the difference between pleasure and happiness.
◌ Highlights of fall TV, according to the Atlantic.
◌ Speaking of which: I’m one month back into commuting life, so I’ve been consuming more TV than usual. H & I loved Ozark. We’re also halfway through season 3 of Narcos — recommended. Finally, HBO’s Big Little Lies was fantastic.
It’s back-to-school time and summer is coming to a close. I love fall, but am already missing the more relaxed pace of summer. Just a few links this time, as I haven’t been online much the past couple of weeks. Happy September, everyone.
Happy July, and happy belated 150th birthday to Canada! A lot has happened since my last favourites post: I turned 30, finished my first semester as a full-time lecturer, spent a week in Toronto. Now it’s summer and I am really looking forward to a slightly less chaotic two months. 🙂