The February 2019 list of reviews is somewhat long, but the reviews on each will be brief as I really didn’t do any hard reviews.
What I read
- Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes – Shonda Rhimes is the Queen of television and SO. MUCH. FUN. I love her and this book solidified that love. She is truly someone women can connect to.
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt – This book is mesmerizing. I couldn’t put it down. With this book and The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt is easily one of my favorite authors. I do hope she’ll eventually create some fascinating narratives for female protagonists.
- The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris – Senator Harris shows true poise, growth, and compassion in her leadership abilities. She has the makings to be a dynamic progressive leader. Harris hooked me at the Kavanaugh hearing with this question: “Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?” ✊🏻✊🏻✊🏻✊🏻✊🏻
- La frantumaglia by Elena Ferrante – My third read if that tells you anything.
What I watched
- Velvet Buzzsaw – Jake plays his character with a panache that is simply perfect. I love the art scene that the movie revolves around. And, of course, horror is always a plus. More please, Netflix.
- Russian Doll – This is the show of the year. I need to watch it again before I give a full review. I’m telling you: THIS IS A MUST WATCH. WATCH IT.
- The Five – A Harlan Coben crime thriller and British-set drama, I have a weakness for these types of stories that are set around lifelong childhood friendships and the mysteries and trauma that follow them into adulthood, along with all the juicy flashbacks. If you enjoy these types of stories, you will want to watch this one. The characters and story arcs are compelling, authentic, and contemporary. I look forward to the next in the series.
- IO – A utopia where a woman has Earth and a library all to herself; albeit, the air is polluted. A man shows up to give her sex and fertilize an embryo then leaves the planet. 👀🤨 Typical.
- 2036 Origin Unknown – Katee Sackhoff, science fiction—need I say more?
- Black Mirror: Bandersnatch – This was too much work for me. Also, women are already extremely familiar with false choices, fuckyouverymuch.
- The Punisher S2 – Pretty redneck type man and his penchant for violent maleness. I ship Frank and Karen, but it becomes rather tedious with that contrived ‘there is no happy ending here, Karen’ from Frank. Fuck you, Frank & the writers—weren’t you just servicing that bartender and contemplating a happy ending? Whatever. Moving on. The women of this series are awesome and need their own show.
- Derry Girls – Next to Russian Doll, this is another Netflix gem I recommend. It will definitely educate you on Irish culture and The Troubles. The music is retro and a blast. It’s an enjoyable watch.
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – I’m not sure how I missed this movie. Along the lines of Jupiter Ascending and The Fifth Element (which are favorites), this is a beautifully made film and so much fun. Rihanna is fantastic.
- The Man In the High Castle – Season 3 – This took an interesting turn. Am curious as to how they’ll wrap it up.
- The Expanse, Season 3 – This show is another science fiction classic like BSG. I love the epicness of it. Looking forward to more seasons via Amazon.
What I listened to
- Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
by Nathan H. Lents – To those that zealously think we’re designed by some perfect god:
“We have retinas that face backward, the stump of a tail, and way too many bones in our wrists. We must find vitamins and nutrients in our diets that other animals simply make for themselves. We are poorly equipped to survive in the climates in which we now live. We have nerves that take bizarre paths, muscles that attach to nothing, and lymph nodes that do more harm than good. Our genomes are filled with genes that don’t work, chromosomes that break, and viral carcasses from past infections. We have brains that play tricks on us, cognitive biases and prejudices, and a tendency to kill one another in large numbers. Millions of us can’t even reproduce successfully without a whole lot of help from modern science. Our flaws illuminate not only our evolutionary past but also our present and future. Everyone knows that it is impossible to understand current events in a specific country without understanding the history of that country and how the modern state came to be. The same is true for our bodies, our genes, and our minds.” ― Nathan H. Lents, Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
- The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
by Edward E. Baptist – Another suggestion and must read for the American imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy curriculum and canon.
- Rachel Maddow – A dedicated discerning erudite study and exposé of today’s political happenings with the most beloved talented and brilliant television hosts and political commentators of the 21st century along with her resourceful and diligent crew. This is my go-to podcast for political news so this podcast will be a fixed item on this list.
- Relaxing Classical on Spotify.
- Top Female Artists of 2018 on Spotify.
I got opinions
- When entitled mediocre white men refuse to cede their spaces to the marginalized—including women that are more than qualified and have to work ten times harder, and are hella smarter than those mediocre entitled white men—we get this, this, this, this and on and on. Sigh. Jay Inslee, Pete Buttigieg, and Julian Castro are only on my list as possible VP candidates, but my first preference is a Kamela Harris-Elizabeth Warren ticket.
No, it’s not Beto’s loss last year that bothers me, it’s his entitlement. His certainty that he’s qualified for the most powerful job in the world despite his lack of experience. His belief that he is qualified for the role despite the fact that he himself has absolutely no idea what he stands for. “I don’t know where I am on a [political] spectrum and I almost could care less,” Beto recently boasted during a stop in Wisconsin. Source
Ugh. Gross. No Beto. Yuk.
- I’m taking a break from Twitter to focus on writing. Any writing that I do—including essays, political commentary, etc—will be here on the blog, which I’ll send a link to Twitter. The Democratic primary will be long and arduous and Democrats are infuriating and I need to do some self-care before I lose what’s left of my sanity.
- Hey, Google: Your Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez coverage on Google News is heavily biased. Google News is NOT liberally biased. AT. ALL. If anything, these results show the misogyny that infects the tech world is extreme and widespread. Y’all need to clean it up. It’s ugly. Viciously so and certainly doesn’t help women around the world who continue to be cruelly oppressed, brutalized, and murdered at alarmingly high rates. You are contributing to the problem. DO BETTER.
- Ilhan Omar is being targeted because of racism and misogyny. Period. And when Democrats throw her under a bus, they show their true faces.
- CNN has casually drifted into a nuanced version of Fox News coverage category thus earning a never-will-I-watch-again boycott in my world.
- Sending New Zealand, the Muslim community, and all kiwis my peace, love, and support. You are not alone. We stand with you.
- Matt Kiser’s WTFJHT is one of my favorite newsletters. I’m looking for something like that with the top world news by month. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and if there isn’t anything like it, someone should create it—an aggregated data of the monthly top world news stories. Because we are inundated with news, a monthly list of the top news stories would be helpful for historical posterity.
- No person in our government should have as much power as this one man has. We need some rule changes in order for this to never happen again.
- #Netflix needs a ‘you’ve watched this so many times you could quote it’ list & a ‘I’m waiting on new eps from this series but don’t wanna keep it in my queue’ list.
- Why does AIPAC sound like the NRA? When Democrats stop listening to criticism & automatically labels any & all criticisms of Israel as anti-Semitic, they’ve gone to a scary place.
- Corporate Democrats or the so-called moderate Democrats cravenly capitulate to money & Republicans continuously. They need to be voted out not promoted.
- On AOC: A brown woman has to work ten times as hard & be spotlessly perfect & if that doesn’t work, they’ll manipulate & invent stories & plant evidence to bring her down. These people are ghouls. Their racism & misogyny are relentless.