Well, it’s been a whirlwind season. About eleven days after my race I moved to Japan, crammed a TEFL course, and spent lots and lots (and lots) of play-time with my niece and nephew, which is A+++.
Here are some things I’ve been into this past fall:
Club de Cuervos
Recommended by my sister-in-law, Club de Cuervos is Netflix’s first Spanish language series, originally a web series, about a family warring over a football (Soccer in North America!) club legacy. Not my typical subject matter at all, but I was sucked in immediately!
Mariana Trevino and Luis Gerardo Mendez are outstanding as a feuding brother and sister, two characters I found myself both disliking and empathizing with completely. It’s fast-paced, exciting, and completely addictive, everything you could ask for in a Netflix-binge. Only drawback: My sister-in-law says the Spanish subtitles are a weak imitation of what’s actually being said; simplifying and dumbing-down the dialogue quite a bit. If nothing else can push me to learn Spanish (and there are plenty reasons why I’m dying to learn), all the great television afforded to me might do the trick.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
There was plenty to like about this, and plenty to (ungratefully, yet gleefully) hate. Here are some quick free-form thoughts now that I can lift my media blackout:
- First off, Michel was the breakout star here. Yanic Truesdale’s always been a dream, but I felt that he looked smashing and while every other actor (with the exception of Kelly Bishop, natch) took a beat or two to resurrect their character, it was like he’d never been playing anyone else. Plus, did I mention he looked fantastic?
- I cared so much more about Lorelai and Emily than I did about Rory’s “career crisis” (poor little hard-done-by journalist with a feature in the New Yorker! I would give my front-teeth and both kneecaps for half the opportunities and accolades she had), and I’ve always had a preternatural patience with Rory. The show really wasted a character I loved and identified with so strongly as a preteen.
- Lorelai and Emily have always elevated the show in my opinion, and putting them in therapy together was a brilliant, brilliant idea that the Palladinos’ should’ve expanded on.
- The last four words: I can’t completely talk about it, except to say that just when I started thinking this whole exercise was maybe better in theory, that last moment left me wanting more.
Walk Off the Earth
My niece and nephew are bananas for this Canadian band that has perfected the art of the YouTube cover-song genre. Fun, fresh, and inventive! Some favourites: their cover of Adele’s “Hello” and “Closer” by the Chainsmokers.
Listen, I’ve been a study email-hater basically since I became an adult. But if there was one single thing that’s improved exponentially in 2016, I’ll make the case for email. I get news, articles, poems, and hilarity all in my inbox these days. It’s mostly thanks to tiny-letter, but, I dunno, I think everybody’s stepped up their email game lately. Here are some standouts:
Awesome Email Services & Publications that have broken out in a big way:
A sparkling, stream of consciousness newsletter from a Buzzfeed writer, this one is chalk-full of pop-culture recs.
Hanna Ettinger – Sleeping With Monsters
Alternately personal and political musings, with a side of poems.
Recipes, and whimsy.
Helena Fitzgerald – Grief Bacon
This one is a longer, more dense set of personal essays from an incredible up-and-coming Narratively writer.
So, that’s what I’ve been into this fall/winter. I’m thinking of changing this online space up a bit. I mean, that 50k loomed large in my life for nearly a year, but a lot has changed over the past couple of months, and I want to remain true to that.
So, I’ll still talk running, but I might throw a bit of pop-culture and travel rantings into the mix. I tend to be a little random and all over the place, so Run Like a Cheetah will reflect that. I’d like to keep the Devil Wears Prada gifs though. Those are truly universal!