Friday Snapshot: What I’ve Been Reading, Watching And Listening To

“Twilight Saga: New Moon”, Rabeya’s punk rock burqa in “The Taqwacores”, and great composition in “Machuca”

I got caught up last week and didn’t get to post my media intake, so this is two weeks worth of consumption. As always, I’m curious to know what you’re watching, reading and listening to so please feel free to post a response!

Feature Length Films
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Yes, I did just admit that publicly on the internet. It’s for cultural studies and staying current with my students. Promise.

Machuca This Chilean film gives a glimpse into the atmosphere around the time of the coup against Allende. It’s shot well with great art direction and a strong sense of place and time, but the story was a bit too predictable for me. That being said, it’s still worth a watch if it’s a place and time you’re interested in.

The Taqwacores There’s both a documentary and a narrative film with this same title–I watched the narrative. I love that it captures this rarely portrayed subcultural group of Muslim American punk rockers. I especially loved the female character who wears a punk rock burqua with punk band and riot grrl style patches sewn all over it. I appreciated how the characters created their own version of their practice with a Friday night punk rock prayer group. However, the script really fell flat for me in terms of character development. I am curious to read the book it’s based on which maybe promises more in depth character development. It also made me excited to see the documentary about the bands that are part of a long list of shout outs that weigh down the narrative film.

TV
-3 episodes of season 1 of Freaks and Geeks [continuing to develop my crush on Jason Segel.]
-2 new episodes of current season of Ink Master [Tatu Baby is suddenly becoming  a star!]
-2 new episodes of current season of The Office

Print
-Finished A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias. This book was heartbreaking and beautiful all at once. I’m not sure if I would have loved it as much as I do if I had read it before losing my mom to cancer. It weaves between the story of a husband and wife in their last two weeks together as she is dieing of cancer and the first few weeks of when they met and fell in love. In between you get snippets of difficult parts of their marriage as well. Yglesias creates characters who are full of human flaws and complexity, which I love, and as a result is able to capture the complex emotions of care taking of someone in their last days as their body shuts down while remembering what’s been lovely and difficult about them all at once.
-Continued 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by  Charles C. Mann. Fitting for Thanksgiving week.
-Continued Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick

Podcast
-1 episode of NPR’s Culturetopia

 

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