“House is haunted, I just wanna go for a ride, Out and on, before I set this room alight, Left alone, Forever, and for crimes unclear, With my patience gone, Someone take me far from here.” Gasoline by Audioslave.
April, 2018. Tara invited me to guest post for the time that APJ was out-of-action. Little did I imagine that I would still be writing here at the end of the year. I returned to APJ in the summer and after talking with Tara, remained here to start my monthly Strange Tales From the Cookie Kitchen.
Today I’m sharing some of my 2018 highlights from the spheres of film, literature and music.
BLACKKKLANSMAN Spike Lee’s true story of the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, early 19070’s. And how he sets out to infiltrate and expose the KKK.
The Dawn Wall The story of free climber Tommy Caldwell, and his climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson and their climbing of The Dawn Wall, a 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite. Six years of meticulously plotting and practicing their route. It had never been done.
Widows Anyone remember the ITV series? It is based upon that. The basic plot follows four women, whose criminal husbands are killed on a botch job, planning a heist to pay back a crime boss. Directed by Steve McQueen, (12 Years A Slave) who has the ability to allow you to see into a character with just a single frame. Superb. Go see it.
Isle of Dogs Wes Anderson’s stop-motion-animated science-fiction comedy-drama film. It is set in a dystopian Japan, and it is the story of young boy looking for his dog. All dogs have been banished to Trash Island, to prevent a flu virus they have crossing over to humans. It is a wonderful as every other Wes Anderson film.
Taken Yes, the movie with Liam Neeson. I knoooow is is from 2009 and not 2018, but I only just watched it. No, I have no idea what took me so long. Cult.
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections by Johann Hari
The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah – The Autobiography
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine
Gasoline x 1000, Audioslave. Top Tune.
Lose Yourself and Venom, Eminem
Wake Up, Brass Against
London Calling, The Clash – the whole album. Not one bad track.
I can’t finish 2018 without thanking my amazing, kind, patient, seriously batshit crazy trainer, Eric. He has changed my life. And the incredible Crikey/Slowlight who has cyber-motivated me to push myself to the limits, as she pushes beyond hers. Big love to both of you gorgeous things.
And eternal thanks for the enduring friendship with Tara and Vanessa; who keep me sane.
CQ of APJ