Some stuff I loved this year

Just a few quick things in life, music and writing that kept me going in 2018.
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Best view of 2018… on Pantelleria Island, off the coast of Italy

New + newly discovered + reissued music I loved:

 

Some books I loved:

  • Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber – Nonfiction, looking at why a huge percentage of people feel deep down that their jobs are pointless and do no good for society. He gets anecdotes from people in those jobs, and looks at the psychological toll this all takes on them, and society at large. It’s infuriating, and occasionally darkly, ROFL funny.
  • Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovksy – Crazy Sci Fi about generation starships, unintended bioengineering consequences, and an epic conflict between humans and another culture of…SOMETHINGS. It would be a spoiler to say what. Does an amazing job of bringing to life a complex society that’s SO far from our own and is just a wild and funny mind fuck.
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman – Imaginary alternate herstory of a world in which young women around the world suddenly gain an amazing superpower and how it changes everything. Amazingly told through a bunch of interconnected story threads.

Some articles that really stuck with me: