I’ve got a lot going on in my media/culture world these days. My time is a little bit more free thanks to the summer break from dance class, skipping out on knitting nights (I blame my sick husband), not feeling so obligated to participate in things I’m not interested in, etc. This has given me some much-needed time to take in various forms of entertainment that I’ve been missing out on.
I’m not really watching much TV these days, and I don’t usually go to movies, though Arlen and I did go see Prometheus a while back, which was quite good. It really made me think about the Alien movies, and it certainly looks as though a sequel might be in the cards. Give it a look if you need a quick sci-fi/horror fix. Can’t go wrong with Ridley Scott.
I haven’t been watching much TV lately, just bad summer reruns. The PBS series In Search of Myths and Heroes has proven quite interesting, as well as Inside Nature’s Giants. I thought the dissections would be a bit gross, but they’re honestly just fascinating.
I have listened to every episode of CraftLit (about six years’ worth of weekly hour-long podcasts) in the last 6 or 8 months and am now patiently awaiting the next chapter of Gulliver’s Travels just like everyone else has to do. CraftLit is a great craft-oriented podcast in which the hostess shares about her craft projects, and then discusses and plays audio for a book (or occasional short story). As an audio book addict I really enjoy it. There is also a Just the Books version available for folks who don’t want the crafty chatter.
I have been listening to a lot of podcasts while working on my more mindless work tasks, and I picked up a new one called A Playful Day (starting from the beginning, of course) to fill the gap created by my CraftLit catch up. The hostess of APD is a knitter from London, she talks about yarn and knitting with lots of reviews, there’s also great talk about food and recipes.
In the music world I’ve been on a Corb Lund kick lately, though Fun. also seems to be a major part of my summer soundtrack. That group is catchy.
My bedtime reading these days is Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel Wyrd Sisters. I never cease being amazed at how smart this guy is. How he managed to cram all that Shakespeare into one humorous fantasy novel and still fit in references to the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, and other modern entertainment without being even a bit contrived amazes me. So sad that he is ill.
That’s about all the fandom I can fit in this Friday. What pop culture/media are you enjoying these days?