I saw this list that Steven Soderbergh made, where he catalogued all the media he consumed in 2016. And I was like yo I should do that.
I feel like I'm constantly consuming some form of media, so I might have to limit any list I make to the shit I read and the shit I watch. Not that music, for instance, doesn't count. Just that I'm constantly listening to music, particularly while I work, and recording all of it would be counterproductive.
Yesterday, I read volume three of Achewood, and I laughed very hard. Particularly about this, and this backmatter Q&A piece where Ray and Roast Beef have a discussion moderated by Téodor. Shout out to my man Eric who has been telling me to read this shit for as long as I have known him.
My wife and I watched a couple of episodes of Travelers, which is billed as like a Netflix original but you can tell was produced with network TV in mind. It stars Will from Will and Grace. I guess it was okay. I can't tell. The thing about, like, HBO is not that the shows they produce are really that much better than anything else. It's that they expose network-style TV as portraying a weirdly sanitized world that doesn't exist. Where nobody can say "fuck" or expose a nipple but where brutal violence abounds. The wide availability of programming not beholden to network and cable FCC regulations shines a hard light on the narrative limitations imposed by those regulations, and makes that programming seem more out-of-touch than it maybe actually is. Or something.
Then I fell asleep as I do every night, watching Cook's Country on PBS, dreaming of perfectly prepared Tennessee pulled pork sandwiched on hoecakes.
This is an unsustainable model. I should just offer what I watched and read without comment at the end of blog posts.