Dec 2021, fave media

Books

N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell’s Far Sector

Everything I love about Jemisin, plus creative world-building around cat memes! Would love to see more from her in this universe.

Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans, and Clayton Cowles’s Die vol. 4

Ash!! When she faces herself? *chefs kiss* I’ve always loved moments like that. Would’ve loved a longer epilogue on how the lessons in-game effects everyone’s lives too.


Re-reads

C. Spike Trotman, Emilee Denich, Kelly Fitzpatrick’s Yes, Roya (2020 color edition)

Courtney Milan’s A Kiss for Midwinter


Short Stories

Ellen Meny’s Ten Lessons for a Curse Breaker

You know I am weak for “witch who accidentally summons a demon”/demon

Brittany N. Williams’ Never a Gentle Master

Magic users bonding to elementals? Here for it. Also, sequel please.

Nalini Singh’s Music in the Rain

!!! I need a novel(la) ASAP.


Misc.

Album: Allison Russell’s Outside Child

I just?? I hew towards catchy pop songs, but I can’t stop thinking (or listening to) this memoir in musical album form. Even if you’re not a music person, it’s well worth reading the lyrics because the poetry is luminous. The closest (written) comparison I can think of is Lucia Osborne Crowley’s I Choose Elena.

Song: Yola’s Stand For Myself (Live on The Late Show)

The way she just growls into the mic at the back half and devours the stage!


Podcasts

These are all shows I wound up binging 5+ episodes of.

Call and Response

The Cut

Invisibilia


Articles

Lawrence Barriner II’s Tips for Cohabitation

Sold life advice.

Soleil Ho’s All the outrage over a S.F. restaurant not serving armed police officers is absurd

“We’re living through a time when hospitality employees have been put under tremendous pressure: to perform with a smile while enforcing oft-changing and controversial vaccination and mask policies, and to do so while risking infection and violence from irate customers. Restaurant and retail workers in this country have borne the brunt of the pandemic in so many ways, yet they’re not lionized in the same way as doctors, scientists or even police. In fact, within the outrage is an acrid undertone of incredulity that mere restaurant staff should be trusted to establish what makes them feel safe, even if it doesn’t conform to mainstream ideas of “law and order.””

LeAnn Rimes’ LeAnn Rimes Is Done Trying to Hide Her Psoriasis

A cause near and dear to my heart.

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