Week notes 2020-01

  • I’m changing the format of these posts for 2020. It’s not all about the media I’m ingesting anymore, a few more observations and random asides thrown in.
  • So first off: Happy new year! I spent the end of 2019 and the beginning of the 20s in Copenhagen. It’s a lovely (if damned expensive) city, which really comes into its own on new year’s eve. It turns out there’s no real law governing the use of fireworks in public spaces in Copenhagen so as it gets closer to midnight you see people carrying personal arsenals of flying explosives towards the city center and then… Boom, all hell breaks loose at the stroke of midnight. Despite the somewhat warzone atmosphere it was a lot of fun (see IG picture above).
  • We spent the hours leading up to midnight in a very nice restaurant enjoying their tasting menu (a lot of fish) and wine pairing. The most memorable part of the meal was when a woman at the next table casually leaned over and vomited on the floor. If that had been me I would have probably left at a sprint, apologising profusely and leaving a massive tip. But this woman and the people she was with (her parents!) styled it out and let the staff clean up around them. I was, and still am, gobsmacked.
  • We watched Dracula on the BBC, which was good… Right up until that third episode when it took a steep nosedive (not a controversial opinion, I understand). The Mark Gatiss Dracula documentary was more enjoyable I think.
  • I started reading The Topeka School by Ben Lerner. It’s very beautiful, and just off kilter enough to keep me intrigued. Should finish it this week.
  • I also read Grayson Perry’s The Descent of Man and the graphic novel Off Season by James Sturm (a Christmas present), both of which I really enjoyed.
  • Watched over the Christmas break: Uncut Gems (loved it, should really be on that top 10 I posted last week), Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (not a huge Broomfield fan but this was ok) and Marriage Story (as good as everyone says it is, but not as good as Little Women).
  • Also this week: back to Park Run in Crystal Palace park. Got a personal best this week despite a wickedly cold wind. Something to build on through the year.
  • Read over the break: An essay on Class and coffee, a short article on Dancing with HAIM (loved this), Oliver Burkeman on Why time management is ruining our lives, and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig On longevity and community
  • Here’s some Irish hip hop to ease you in 2020:

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