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Month: January 2019

What I Learned From Cleaning Out My Bookshelf

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Yesterday I made a post called Marie Kondo, Tidying Up, and Books to discuss the controversy about her telling people to get rid of books that don’t “spark joy”. And I mentioned that I had to let go of most of my books (and clothes and everything else) because my family was moving into a smaller home.

I normally don’t follow Marie Kondo’s method. Maybe it’s because I’m a cynic with clinical depression, but most of my possessions don’t “spark joy”. Nonetheless I use them, so I keep them. If I got rid of everything that didn’t “spark joy”, I wouldn’t even have clothes on my back.

But when it comes to books, they are one of very few things that can still spark joy in me. Without even thinking about Marie Kondo’s method, I began to pick out books that can still invoke feelings inside me.

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Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

When I first heard that Hasan Minhaj was leaving The Daily Show to have his own show, I wasn’t that interested. I liked him then, but not that much. Oh, how wrong I have been. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is my favourite thing on Netflix ever. He studied political science at university then became a comedian. The result? A show that is so informative but at the same time so very funny. I love each and every episode too much to pick a favourite, but the one I feel I’ve learned the most is the one on Saudi Arabia. I find Middle Eastern politics infatuating. Brutal, but fascinating. I knew that Yemen was going through a war right now, but I didn’t know the background, and Minhaj explained it in less than one minute. Another episode I found fascinating is Supreme. I was never one to care much about “hype”, so I didn’t think I was going to get much out of that episode. I was wrong, again. What I thought was just a overhyped fashion brand was deeply, deeply entangled with politics. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is a Netflix show, but they put episodes on Youtube. I…

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Film Review: Bird Box (2018)

Warning: this post may contain spoilers for Bird Box. I have this weird thing. I am disinclined to try something that gets a lot of Internet hype. I think that’s the part of me that refuses to hop on a bandwagon, but then, rejecting something because of its hype is giving in to the herd mentality in a way. So yeah, I put off watching Bird Box, until a good friend told me she watched it and I should too. It was a good film, although I came to realize that the hype was more around the memes rather than the film itself. I admit, they’re pretty funny. Malorie is thrown into an apocalyptic situation mid-pregnancy. In a world where seeing the outside causes you to die, they fight to survive. When they get to a safe(r) haven, that is when she names Girl and Boy. She was ambivalent about her baby from the beginning, but her motherhood is further delayed by the hardship of survival. It’s not just parenthood that the apocalypse takes away. Trust is broken when Felix and Lucy leaves house and takes the car. Compassion leads to destruction, like when Olympia lets Gary in and he…

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