Ryan's Cultural Consumption


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March 24, 2010
By Ryan

I decided to give the San Luis Obispo County adult winter reading challenge a shot again this year, and the selection list has definitely drawn me out of my normal reading habits. For “a cozy mystery” I read The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. I also read The Winter King (for a book with “snow” or “winter” in the title, and Home Cooking, from which I have to make a recipe.

Recent movies to have impressed me include 127 Hours and The Social Network. Aaron Sorkin is my favorite script- and screenwriter.

My music these days includes The Decemberists’ The King is Dead (with Gillian Welch), Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz, and Stephen Merrit’s 69 Love Songs. I’ve also put some old Toad the Wet Sprocket albums into my regular work rotation.

And I finally succumbed to Facebook, which isn’t the Great Evil I expected.

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Previously in this section (March 2010) …

Bill Buford’s Heat put me on a nonfiction track a while back, and I’m still doing some laps on it. I’m a ways into the World War I account The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman, which also fits onto my recent Pulitzer slant (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Olive Kitteridge being the most recent).

Other novels on the current nightstand (reading or soon to read) include The World Without Us, Anathem, The City and the City, and The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet. I recently finished Shambling Towards Hiroshima, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Check out more of what I’m reading (or am about to read) at GoodReads. My wife and I watch Infomania every week, and have discovered the secret of Hulu for keeping up with the current season of The Office. Two recent guilty pleasures are Dorm Life and Legend of the Seeker. Iron Man was probably my favorite movie of 2008. Star Trek seems to be the front-runner for 2009. I’m still subscribed to Wired and First Things, both of which I enjoy. I’ve also become a social media junkie. Sort of. I’ve managed to completely avoid Facebook, but I Twitter as jesteram, which is also the name I write under at ficly.com.