Back again with a roundup of fun links and things for you to look at as we move on into a new month. October was wonderful – full of friends, chilly days, and fun vibes. I posted some of my photos from the month here.
The leaves have changed, the allergies & runny noses have arrived, and the radiators are on. I recently set up my first altar – in line with the New Moon this past weekend, and it’s making me feel super charged up with energy and motivation. If you guys would be interested, I can share some photos in a post later this month. Here are some guides and people I looked to for inspiration when creating mine: Gala Darling, Gabriela Herstik for Broadly. There’s something so satisfying about setting up a little space for yourself to reflect on all of the things going on around you. I light candles and keep photos, crystals, and trinkets on mine that remind me of specific things in the world or my friends.
In addition to my altar construction (lol am I a witch or what) and general goings-on, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and consuming this month – so I have some awesome recommendations to share with you all for November.
- Jon Bellion – “All Time Low”
- Simon & Garfunkel – “The Only Living Boy In New York”
- Sara Bareilles & Jason Mraz – “You Matter To Me”
- Little Mix – “Shout Out To My Ex”
- Yuna – “Decorate”
- Justin Bieber – “Company”
- Bon Iver’s newest album, 22, A Million is also an honorary mention.
As you guys may or may not know, I keep a playlist of all of my songs currently in rotation updated on Spotify.
My favorite readings from the past month, and a couple things on my to-be-read list.
- Astro RX 2017 – The complete guide to all of the astrological happenings to come in 2017, by Briana Saussy.
- Everything by Mallory Ortberg for The Toast, but especially this – “Bible Verses Where “Truly I Say To You” Has Been Replaced With “Can I Be Honest For A Minute Here?”
- The best true crime investigation I’ve read in a while – Framed: She Was The PTA Mom Everyone Knew, Who Would Want To Harm Her?by Christopher Goffard for the LA Times.
- On Artificial Intelligence and our ability to understand consciousnesses unlike our own: Concious Exotica, by Murray Shanahan for Aeon.
- My latest for The Inkport, on Ambigrams – a unique typographic code made most popular by Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons.
- The new season of Black Mirror. I finally finished it this weekend and it was absolutely awesome. I think this show might deserve it’s own post. Hm.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – I watched this last night for the first time in years, and I picked up on so much more nuance this time around. It really is a beautiful art film, with a storyline that will leave you thinking.
- The Girl On The Train – It’s hard to not compare the film to it’s intellectual predecessor, Gone Girl, but I thoroughly enjoyed the film, although I haven’t read the book. It was different enough from the Gillian Flynn original to be engaging, and the filming style is captivating.
- The darkest visual moments from Alexander McQueen’s glory years– recorded by Ted Stansfield for Dazed.
- Cynthia Erivo singing Jason Robert Brown’s “Still Hurting” from The Last Five Years.
- Howl’s Moving Castle – One of my favorite fantastical animated films, and a great story to tuck into during colder months.
- Clue – an app which tracks your period. I’ve been using it for months and think it’s basically the greatest thing ever. Also exciting, I’m now an official ambassador for them, aiming to help raise awareness for menstrual health in the US! Yay periods!
- silkreads on Instagram. The most beautiful book account I’ve ever seen. She shares gorgeous photos of her current reads, and her amazingly organized bookshelves.
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I started an account where I’m posting all of the books I’m reading! I made it a goal for myself to read more, and this is a super fun way of holding myself accountable. The account is @bookblessings if you want to join the fun – “bookstagram,” as it’s called, is the greatest place on Earth, I think.
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