Because I have lot of feelings about a lot of different things at the moment, here’s a list of them. I highly recommend checking / trying them out if something catches your attention.
1. I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats (& The Mountain Goats)
I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats is a podcast hosted by Joseph Fink, creator of Night Vale, and John Darnielle, singer/songwriter of the band The Mountain Goats. The concept is simple: Every episode, they talk about one song from the album All Hail West Texas and talk to an artist who made a cover of said song exclusively for the podcast.
I started listening to this without knowing anything about The Mountain Goats simply because I had too much time on busses to kill. So I’m sure that even if you start listening to this without being a fan: You will soon become one. John and Joseph always manage to talk about topics (sometimes entirely unrelated) that make me think about things in new ways. For example, they discuss the idea that theaters should stop staging Shakespeare plays for a year or so to make room for new local playwrights, which I still think about a lot.
2. Magnetic Poetry
I don’t do compulsive online shopping very often, but last week, I had reason enough to because of a stressful exam (that I passed, thank God) and other things, so I treated myself to Magnetic Poetry. Ever since reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower I’ve wanted to own these stupid magnets and now I do, and I couldn’t be more content. Never has more time been spent sitting on the kitchen floor in front of my fridge.
3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
God, this book. I’m about 2/3 through and it’s just blowing me away. I’m not even a big fan of dark academia, but the writing style, and the characters, and… There’s a reason Donna Tartt got 400 fucking thousand dollars for the manuscript. That’s right: It’s the first of three novels she has published so far and people were talking so much about it already that the publishing houses got into a bidding war over the manuscript.
I’m still wearing heart shaped glasses when talking about this book, but I’ll try to write a good review about it once I’ve finished it.
4. Reading Motivation
This is a little weird, but in the last few weeks, I’ve somehow managed to develop a new and honestly kind of panic-y reading motivation. Ironically, I think both of my reasons have been born through things I’ve heard on I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats:
1. There’s almost (?) nothing I love as much as I love English literature. Continuously, though, I feel bad about all the things (mainly classics) I haven’t read, and I want nothing more than to have read everything I possibly can. There’s a beauty in trying to scramble for as much information as possible about what you love, and that’s what I’m trying to do.
2. This is kind of morbid, but I only have a set number of years left on this earth, and even if I’m going to live a long life, there’s only so much I’ll be able to read. John Darnielle says in the podcast from above that even if he only read the books he owns at this point in time (that he hasn’t read yet), he wouldn’t be able to finish them in this life. So if I ever want to have read all of Shakespeare’s plays (hint: I really do), I should better start now.
5. Journaling & Doodling
Early this year, I started keeping a journal. I’ve written things down when overwhelmed and tried to keep diaries before, but I’ve never managed to actually stay on track without forcing myself to do it for such a long time. It’s a great feeling to see this notebook fill up with all these pretty and ugly things, and it’s been making me feel a lot more at peace with everything to just write down whatever trivial stuff I’ve been thinking about.
Something that goes hand in hand with this is that I’ve been doodling again. I haven’t drawn this much on a regular basis for years, and it’s a great feeling to see myself improve in baby steps and not beat myself up if something looks absolutely horrendous (which happens, well, always).
6. Ace Attorney
A friend of mine talked about this game so much for almost a year that I finally started playing the original trilogy a few months ago. What can I say: It was a GOOD decision.
I love games with strong story lines, and to be honest, I love games that aren’t that hard. I never thought that I would like all these over dramatic characters very much, but now I’m absolutely in love with these stupid lawyer husbands and their dumb pointing. I’m playing the last case of Justice For All right now and I’m way too emotional over the story line.
If you’re interested in the game but don’t want to purchase or play it, Press Buttons ‘n Talk on youtube has this amazing playthrough of the first game with the best voice acting you’ll find: right here.
This speech isn’t new, and neither is my amazement over it, but I’ve recently rediscovered it while reading my first book by Neil Gaiman (American Gods). The speech is titled ‘Make Good Art’, and I guess that is his main point, but the major thing that I always take from watching this is this huge drive to write, write, WRITE and make a career out of what I love.
It’s one of the things that made me finally pick up my NaNoWriMo manuscript again some time ago, and I’ve already come so much further that I’m just extremely thankful that this speech exists.
What have you been obsessed with recently? Any recommendations? Do you know / love / hate any of the things I have listed here? Let’s talk!