A lot going on this week…..

…so let’s get right to it!

Dune

Dune Jaws
We’re gonna need a bigger ‘thopter.

I finally — FINALLY! — finished Frank Herbert’s Dune. It’s pretty well documented here at this point, but I struggled to care about the characters and their spicy struggles. I did enjoy the political intrigue and the science side of things (like how the Stillsuits functioned and whatnot) but, as it turns out, that wasn’t enough for me to love it.

That said, I can recognize and I do appreciate what it brought to and gave the Sci-Fi genre, and I’m glad I read it. More glad, however, that it’s finally over.

Dune is done.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

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That there…that’s a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse.

Just about every year for Christmas, my mom (hi mom!) (just kidding, she doesn’t read this) gives me a book. This year, my sisters and I all received copies of the same book: Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. The book has some really lovely illustrations to go along with a fairly thin tale of a boy wandering throughout nature and wondering about life with three animal friends.

Here’s a crappy analogy for you: If Mackesy were an archer, he would very nearly almost always hit the bullseye, but his arrows rarely hit deep enough to do any damage. Despite that, I still gave it 4-stars on Goodreads, and it all came down to one page — this one arrow — that actually got me pretty good.

It really is a lovely book, but it’s no Little Prince. Maybe that’s not what it’s trying to be, but I’m going to hold them to the same fire anyway.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild
That thing on the left…that’s a beast of the southern wild.

Two things:

  1. I love when a movie wrecks me. Not to get all “Fitter Happier” about it, but I still cry at a good film, and I love when I’m moved enough to do it.
  2. I hate when a trailer gets me rubbing my hands together in anticipation of that good cry, only to go see the movie and leave a little disappointed that I didn’t get that Good Cry.

Beasts of the Southern Wild falls into camp #2. Loved loved loved the trailer, but the movie? It was fine. While it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie (saw it in theatres when it came out in 2012), I often return to the soundtrack to take me back to the feeling the trailer gave me.

(Fun Fact: The composer of the score, Dan Romer, also did the score for Beasts of No Nation. He did not, however, do the score for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.)

If you care to hear the way I wish the movie made me feel, I recommend the last track on the album, “Once There Was a Hushpuppy.”

Apple Music | Spotify

Revisionist History

MGRH
That guy on the right…that’s Malcolm Gladwell.

Mentioned previously, I’ve been listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, Revisionist History, and I’m all caught up now; there are four seasons and I just finished the last one. The last episode of Season 3, “Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis,” dove into Freudian forgetfulness/slips, a brief history of some of Elvis Presley’s more interesting quirks, and how the two ended up intertwining in his later years. It’s a super-interesting listen.

High Seas

Season 2 of Netflix’s, High Seas, is…odd. If you consider that this ship’s voyage is about two-weeks long, and the second season is the second of those two weeks, then think about how much stuff is happening to this small group of people…it’s all a bit much.

We have two episodes left, and it’s still a fun romp, but I just have no idea how it could possibly land a satisfactory conclusion. Time will tell.

Holy Fuck

Holy Fuck - Deleter
Holy Fuck – Deleter

…is the name of a band I enjoy who I’d say are kind of like a less psychedelic Caribou or a less mathy Battles. Anyway, if you include two EPS, then they just released their seventh album, Deleter, and I pre-maturely questioned if this was album of the year. I quickly downgraded it to album of the month, but only because it’s too early to make that kind of call.

Regardless, my sincerest hope is that, whoever you are, you’ll give it a listen and enjoy it as much as I do.

Apple Music | Spotify

Pinegrove

Pinegrove - Marigold
Pinegrove – Marigold

…is another band I enjoy that also just put out a new album. Pinegrove is kind of like if Old 97’s stuck to only putting out clever, emotional, alterna-country tunes, or maybe they’re like a twangy Kind of Like Spitting. Either way, I loved their first major album, Cardinal, and didn’t care for its follow-up, so I’m happy to report that Marigold is a return to form for them. I think it’s worth a listen and, if you like it, then go back and listen to Cardinal.

Apple Music | Spotify


I’m writing this before the week(end) is over, and I have that goal of wanting to watch or see a movie a week, but I haven’t done so yet. My wife and I would like to see go see Parasite sometime this weekend, so my fingers are crossed that that happens. I guess you’ll find out next week if we did or did not.

Until then, go listen to something good!

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