Here's me reading my short story THREE RED BUTTONS during the Quiet Lightning event at San Francisco's Dog Eared Books Castro. It was fun. Great crowd. My mouth was very dry. But whatever. It turned out okay.
Get that kid some water.
I stole this idea from director Stephen Soderbergh. He releases a list of all the stuff he watched and read at the end of every year. It's fascinating to me and I've always wanted to try for myself. Not sure why. But here it goes. This is a list of all the movies, TV shows, podcasts, and books I've consumed so far in 2018. I'm not including music because my listening is too chaotic and constant.
I'll update the page at the end of every month.
Click the thing to see it and judge me on how much Jeopardy! I watch:
Quiet Lightning's Literary Mixtape is a free event featuring all forms of writing without introductions or author banter. Folks just get up and read their stuff. Should be a fun night.
My story is a sci-fi-ish bit of weirdness about losing oneself in work. I think you'll dig it.
The first 100 people who attend will get a book called sPARKLE & bLINK featuring the stories and poems from the night for free. Which is super cool.
Come say hello.
Dog Eared Books - 489 Castro St. San Francisco - March 5 @ 7:30pm
Here are a ton of songs I enjoyed in 2017. 21st century technology has turned me into a massive shuffler. I love when everything is mixed up. When a power pop song from the '80s is followed by an experimental ambient track which is then followed by some dreamy indie rock which is then followed by a classical song which is then followed by a country tune. I love the whiplash.
So at the start of each year, I create a Spotify playlist called "Songs I Like" and proceed to dump stuff into it as I discover it. I usually find songs from other Spotify playlists, movies, recommendations from friends, blogs like Aquarium Drunkard, the incredible freeform radio station WFMU, and other places. There's a lot of good in here, I think.
By the way, I listened to a lot of Craig Finn in 2017 and you should too. He's the best storyteller going.
Pretty solid list, I think. Just looking at the top 5, I can see all the themes that I try to explore in my own writing: grief, absurdity, dysfunction, art, obsession, and generally just being a fuck up. Those are 5 remarkable movies that I'll probably revisit quite a bit through the years.
As of this writing, I still haven't seen The Square, The Florida Project, Call Me By Your Name, Lucky, Phantom Thread, The Post, A Ghost Story, War for the Planet of the Apes, and a few others that could possibly be on this list. If I see any of them in the next 11 days, and am blown away, I might very well update this thing.
If you want to see all 115 movies I watched (and rewatched) this year, check out my Letterboxd. You can follow me there as I embark on another year of sitting down and watching lots of stuff.
This is just pure madness. And I love it. Especially the guy at 4:30 who kicks himself in the head.