Category: art & literature

folklore

Taylor Swift dropped a new album on Friday and it is amazing and devastating all at the same time.

full album playlist on YouTube

So much to unpack. This is an album created in quarantine. Both a return to her earlier pre-pop roots and an exploration into new territory for Taylor. It is a reflection of the strange times we find ourselves in. A time when “the lines between fantasy and reality blur and the boundaries between truth and fiction become almost indiscernible.”

I have many thoughts after having listened at least a half dozen times already. Those however are for another day, time, or person.

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Books I’ve Read in 2020…

Total Pages Read: 8,641
Shortest Book: 33 pages
Longest Book: 542 pages
Fiction: 13
Non-Fiction: 7
Cookbook: 9
Poetry: 1

Last Book Read:
30. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe. A telling of history during the troubles in Northern Ireland. Specifically, the story behind one of the “disappeared.” 464 pages. (Finished 26 Jul 2020).

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Books I’ve Read in 2019…

Total Pages Read: 13,388
Shortest Book: 96 pages
Longest Book: 512 pages
Fiction: 13
Non-Fiction: 6
Cookbook: 26
Poetry: 0

Last Book Read:
45. Sous Vide: Better Home Cooking by Hugh Acheson. I liked this book better than the slow cooker book. 288 pages. (Finished 30 Dec 2019).

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a ghost

butterflies linger
long after Autumn drops leaves
memories fading

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Robyn – Ever Again

“It’s like Prince and Kate Bush teamed up and made something beautiful again”
— Lauren Hudgins

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I Still Love You (Now and Then)

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Books I’ve Read in 2018…

Total Pages Read: 6,746
Shortest Book: 176 pages
Longest Book: 688 pages
Fiction: 14
Non-Fiction: 2
Cookbook: 6
Poetry: 0

Last Book Read:
22. Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. A thirties-ish painter is left by his wife and leaves his past life behind in the aftermath. Eventually moving into the house of his friends father (a famous painter in his own right), he discovers a never seen painting as well as his own desire for painting again. What happens afterwards is pure Murakami. 688 pages. (Finished 29 Dec 2018).

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Life after…

Like you’re walking along as always, sure you’re on the right path, when the path suddenly vanishes, and you’re facing an empty space, no sense of direction, no clue where to go, and you just keep trudging along. That’s what it feels like.

– from Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

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Don’t Miss It

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Movin’ On

New music from Glen Hansard.
Lyrics

Words that ring true recently.

Listen to the rest of the album on this playlist:

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