Dec 2022, fave media

Books

Rebecca Roanhorse’s Tread of Angels

This was so good, and I hope Roanhorse revisits this heroine. While not a romance like Bridgerton, it does hit the same sweet spot S2 hit for me about being bound by guilt and familial obligation. I also love that the heroine realizes her own capacity for cruelty.

Re-read: Akwaeke Emezi’s Dear Senthuran

On rereading this, I think this is overlooked as a book about the writing life.

Re-read: Nalini Singh’s Last Guard (Psy-Changeling Trinity #5)

Re-read: Joey W. Hill’s Worth the Wait (Nature of Desire #9)


Misc.

Re-watch: Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Live: Vienna Teng

If you have a chance to see her live(stream), it’s well worth the money. She often does alternate arrangements than the album versions, and I’ve never seen a bad show from her.

Streaming: Lizzo Live in Concert

So good I relistened to it the second day, and I now regret not seeing her live on the Special tour.

Dance: Nashville Ballet’s Black Lucy and the Bard

So I forgot to post this in September when it first aired, so you’ll need to be a PBS member to watch it in full. The dancing is sublime, and it has music by Rhiannon Giddens.


Music

Durand Bernarr’s Company

Allison Russell Live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2022

The addition of the keyboardist really makes these arrangements sing. Also includes a performance of the unreleased Georgia Rise.

Sampa The Great’s Never Forget (Live at KEXP)

Seinabo Sey’s Breathe (Live at Spotify Studios Stockholm)

Tank and the Bangas’ Colors Change

Trueno’s DANCE CRIP & TIERRA ZANTA (Live at NPR’s Tiny Desk)


Articles

Anne Helen Petersen’s You Don’t Need To Get Married or Have a Kid To Have a Party

“I’ve found that a lot of people are theoretically on board with this idea — of course people without kids deserve to be celebrated, yes it’s great to “launch” single people into adult living with basic supplies the same way we do with married people — but bashful or weirded out about doing it themselves.”

Nedra Glover Tawwab’s How to Accept Feedback Gracefully

“This is not to say we should listen to everyone’s feedback. Take a look at the source.

  • What do you know about this person?
  • Is there mutual love and respect inside of the relationship?
  • Do you trust them?”

“In healthy relationships, when we are given feedback we can do the following to better receive it:

  • Sit with the information, and really listen to what is being said
  • Resist the urge to be defensive and overprotect yourself
  • Consider what is being said
  • Determine what you would like to do with the information”

Nedra Glover Tawwab’s Learning to Manage Our Expectations

“I once read something that said that we should marry the type of person we want to work with, not marry someone that we feel we need to train to be different from who they are. Rather than trying to force someone into being good at something they have no interest in, we can instead focus our attention on what they are already good at.”

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