Mixed Media: LoTR, Steven Universe, Celeste, Bully

Mixed Media: LoTR, Steven Universe, Celeste, Bully

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Mixed Media posts feature books, tv shows, movies, or music that I am currently reading/watching/listening to and want to share

Currently Reading

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Lord of the Rings
I am very very very slowly re-reading the Lord of the Rings. It was written and initially published as a single book. Only later did Tolkien break it up into three volumes. I found a free ebook of it as a single book, so I am in for the long haul. Originally I read this about 7-years ago but I went through it quickly. Now I am really trying to savor it. To make the most of it, I found a podcast that I discusses each chapter, so I am listening to that as I plod along. The hosts are very knowledgeable of Tolkien’s world, so it helps to fill in the blanks of lore that I am not yet familiar with. Book: Lord of the Rings

Paper Girls
The sci-fi comic Paper Girls is from the creative mind of Brian K. Vaughan (Saga). The title comes from the four main characters, who were delivering papers in the 80’s then got themselves caught up in a time travel war between two different factions. I binged the series last month to get caught up and can’t wait to read more. I love the strong characters, portrayal of time, an general unfolding of the story.

Currently Playing

By Matt Makes Games, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Celeste (Switch, PS4, XBOX, PC)
Usually, hard-as-nails retro 2D platformers don’t interest me, but Celeste is the exception. Look, I am a casual gamer. I prefer single player campaigns and never try to collect all the things or get a platinum trophy. When I first heard of Celeste, I was nervous it’d be another game that I would start but never finish. The only reason why I purchased it for $20 for the Nintendo Switch, is because I heard about their Assist Mode! Without affecting the game in any other way, you can slow down the game or even skip levels. I haven’t had to use it (currently on Chapter 5) but knowing it is there is reassuring. This isn’t just any boring no-story platformer either, the main character (Madaline) does have her own story and reasons for climbing the mountain Celeste. This makes me even more interested in completing the game. If you’ve heard of this one and are on the fence, I definitely recommend checking it out. CC BY-SA 4.0, Link“>Video Game: Celeste

Currently Watching

By Mine (Cartoon Network) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Steven Universe, Mushi-Shi, The Crown
Steven Universe is a kid’s cartoon on Cartoon Network and I love it. Each episode is about 11-minutes long so it’s easy to watch here and there. There is a story arc but you can also watch episodes individually. It is a cartoon about powerful women, atypical families, being raised without a mother, and saving the world. Steven reminds me a lot of Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls. Cartoon: Steven Universe

I’m still slowly watching the animated show Mushi-Shi.

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon for the Netflix original The Crown and am realizing I know nothing about the Royal Family. Currently up to Season 1 Episode 4 (Coronation). I find myself in a wikipedia rabbit hole after each episode.

Currently Listening

Bully, Snail Mail, Julien Baker
Despite being signed to Subpop, having a female lead singer with Courtney Love-esque vocals, and having a distinct 90s grunge sound, the band Bully hails from Nashville which creates a perfect balance in their sound. Their latest album, Losing, released in October 2017, is a solid blend of heart break and friendship and is perfect for these winter months. I strongly recommend this one. Band: Bully

Another awesome talented woman with a rock sound is Snail Mail. She is young but her song-writing is not, and the sound is truly unique. I was lucky to see her headline (and sell out) her first nyc show! She is signed to Matador Records so if you like anything else on that label, you will absolutely love this gem.

If you haven’t listened to Julien Baker yet, go do that.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
I cannot get enough of this amazing podcast! The hosts are academics at the Harvard Divinity School and they take their skills at dissecting sacred texts like The Bible and The Torah, and apply that to the Harry Potter books. They interpret each chapter around a certain life theme like, Emotion, Anger, Tolerance, etc. Even if you have not read the Harry Potter books, you will still get a lot out of each episode. Podcast: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

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