2022 faves

I did a lot of rereading this year, so this is full of more new music than books.

Fiction books

M.A. Carrick’s The Mask of Mirrors and The Liar’s Knot (Rose and Rook #1 & 2)

Akwaeke Emezi’s You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty

Jackie Lau’s The Stand-Up Groomsman (Donut Fall in Love #2)

Ed. Andrea Purcell’s Sordid Past

Honorable mention: Robert Jackson Bennett’s Locklands (The Founders Trilogy #3) and Ilona Andrews’ Ruby Fever (Hidden Legacy #6)

For sticking the landing as a trilogy closers.


Nonfiction books

Melissa Febos’ Body Work

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s The Future Is Disabled

Patreon here


Music

Artist: ADG7

Their NPR Tiny Desk and KEXP set made me a fan. I think their lives are better than their albums.

Artist: Allison Russell

I watched pretty much every live of her that got uploaded to YouTube this year, and I want to see her live so badly. Her set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is excellent.

Artist: Kaho Nakamura

Got into her via her work (Lindy) on Mamoru Hosoda’s film Belle (Gales of Song and A Million Miles Away), but really love her lives (Sono Inochi (Live at Tokyo Line Cube Shibuya).

Artist: Pharoah Sanders

Got into him via his album Promises with Floating Points, and have been making my way through his extensive back catalog ever since (Love is Here 2 (Live in Paris 1975), Selflessness, Love is Everywhere)

Album: Utada Hikaru’s Live Sessions from Air Studios

You know I love a live arrangement, and this is no exception.

Album: Sophia Subayya Vastek’s In Our Softening

but especially this version of The Seas That Made Us that she submitted for NPR’s Tiny Desk contest.

Songs: Beyoncé’s BREAK MY SOUL, VIRGO’S GROOVE, COZY, CUFF IT, and CHURCH GIRL

Songs: Lizzo’s The Sign and Coldplay

I’ve also been listening to her Live in Concert on HBOMax on repeat.

Songs: Seinabo Sey’s Blessed & Breathe (Live at Spotify Studios Stockholm)

Song: Vienna Teng’s Lost Words Blessing (Spell Songs cover)

Currently on her Patreon, but will link if it becomes public.


TV

Bridgerton S2

Gimme all the pining and eyefucking.

Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls S1

Love a good dance show. I also appreciate it’s a positive reality show.

Nadiya Hussain’s Fast Flavours

I watch Nadiya, and I can literally feel my stress melting away.


Films

Black Panther Wakanda Forever, dir. Ryan Coogler

Everything Everywhere All At Once, dir. The Daniels

Love and Leashes, dir. Heyon-jin Lee

Nashville Ballet’s Black Lucy and the Bard

You’ll need to be a PBS member to watch it in full.


Lives

Hadestown

Stars on Ice

Jazmine Sullivan

Vienna Teng


Fiction podcasts

The Amelia Project

The series is still in progress but I binged what’s available. Patreon here.

Wooden Overcoats S4

This is the final season, so the series is now complete. The character payoff is really good in this season too.


Nonfiction podcasts

Alicia Garza’s Lady Don’t Take No

Esther Perel’s Where Should We Begin?

Tommy Pico, Denne Michele Norris, Joseph Osmundson, and Fran Tirado’s Food 4 Thot

Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones, and Zach Stafford’s Vibe Check


Newsletters

Lawrence Barriner II’s lqb2weekly

Roxane Gay’s The Audacity

Ijeoma Oluo’s Behind the Book

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