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Books
For the past two months I was slowly making my way through adrienne marie brown's Emergent Strategy, an interesting outline (though in a totally nonlinear way) of her theory of change. While I might not agree with all its elements I felt that I provided me with some incredibly useful language and framing of things I've been thinking about but didn't have the words for, namely the relationship between the ways we live our lives and create our art at the micro level and how that connects to our macro/larger visions for change in the world. 

TV
I read The Handmaid's Tale years ago (25 years ago!) as part of my first deep dive into dystopian fiction along with other books like Brave New World and The Left Hand of Darkness. I still remember it clearly because it was one of those rare books that stays with you for life. I have to say though that the TV show this week affected me even more. Part of it of course is just the medium; images and sound will always access our brains and emotions in different ways than words on a page (and the sound design of this series was its biggest strength). But much of it is also because of the ways it was connected to the current political climate.

Podcasts
A recent episode of Star Talk looks at the evolution of personal devices--if you are looking for a hit of geeky goodness thinking about both utopian and dystopian possibilities for technology I highly recommend. What was most interested to me in this episode was the discussion about how people 15 years old and under watch TV (answer: they don't. The primary medium consumed is YouTube and a culture of user generated ways of learning and entertaining) and what it means for the future of storytelling.

The Roundup: What I've been watching/reading/listening to

Books

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This week I've not been able to finish much heavy reading so I've been mostly reading comic books. This Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen team up was cute and entertaining. A fun read if you come across it, but not something that I'd say drop everything and go to the store for now. Paper Girls v2, however, I do think you should not sleep on. I know it may be unpopular to say, but I think this might be better work from Bryan K. Vaughn than Saga. And, that's likely due in part to the collaboration with Cliff Chiang.

 

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 TV

I not only disliked but actually actively hated the new Star Trek Discovery the first few episodes. But I pushed through and holy tribbles am I glad I did. I can't tell you what is so good about it without giving away spoilers. If you want to listen to someone else's spoilers, the Black Tribbles podcast has been doing a special Spock Adjacent series  that breaks down each episode with all the geekery you need. I've also been doing the newest season of Frankie and Grace which provides a type of nostalgic familiarity for some of the white hippie elders I grew up with.

 

 

 

Podcasts

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I finally finished listening to all of the episodes of the SyFy25: Origin Stories podcast series which was satisfying. I learned many new things about set design, costume design, and actual science while also just getting to geek with excitement over pretty much every guest. Adam Savage is not the world's best interviewer in terms of conversational tone, but I appreciated how tight and well structured each episode was.