Sunday Salon

Last week, for the first time I took part in The Sunday Salon hosted by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz. This week I’m back with another post. 

After a rough start I finally made decent progress with Stuart Jeffries’s Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School However, since my library loan expired and there’s several people ahead of me wanting to read it I’ll be putting the book on pause for a while. Siobhan Fallon’s debut novel The Confusion of Languages was a surprisingly good read. Inspired by Claire’s recent Library Loot posting I started Helen Rappaport’s 2017 Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 – A World on the Edge. With two thirds of the way into it I can easily say Caught in the Revolution will make my year-end list of Favorite Nonfiction. Lastly, I’m going to take a chance on Kitty Veldis’s 2018 historical novel Not Our Kind. The year is 1947 and the place is New York City. A chance meeting between a young Jewish woman and a WASPy Park Avenue matron sets in motion a process that will profoundly change both their lives. With this book I have a feeling I will either love it or hate it.

 

Listening. Last week I talked about three podcasts I’d been listening to and this time around I’m going to spotlight three more. The good people at Canada’s CBC produce some top-notch stuff. The recent episode, “The Rise and Fall and Rise of Richard Wright” on the podcast Ideas is must listening for anyone interested in modern American literature. Also from the CBC, I can’t get enough of the series Recall: How to Start a Revolution. When someone says the word terrorism, we automatically think of Islamic fundamentalism or hard-right white nationalism. But in the 60s and 70s Canada was plagued by an almost endless series of bombings and kidnappings as part of the FLQ’s struggle to carve out an independent Quebec nation. Lastly, former conservative talk show host turned Never Trumper Charlie Sykes’s podcast The Bulwark never ceases to amaze me. His recent interview with Peter Wehner “Christianity’s Generational Catastrophe” on the current state of American evangelical Christianity is a MUST listen. 

Watching. Last week I mentioned I live on a farm nestled in small valley in the middle of nowhere. Therefore, I get zero TV reception. But fortunately, I’m able to stream online services like Netflix and Tubi. In addition I’m also able to supplement my viewing fare with DVDs borrowed from my area’s public libraries. Recently through my library I was able to sign up with the free, commercial-less streaming streaming service Kanopy. With a deep catalog at my disposal last night I watched the 1990 political thriller Hidden Agenda. Set mostly in Belfast, after an American human rights lawyer is assassinated the quest to find his killers points to a larger, more dangerous conspiracy involving elite elements of British society. Last week I watched the first episode of Mr. Robot and after watching two additional  episodes I remain 100 per cent hooked. I’m also watching the incredibly funny and twisted Canadian sitcom Letterkenny. Set in rural Canada, the characters are quirky as hell and the hilarious dialog is lightening fast. 

Everything else. Yesterday, I once again spent a little time relaxing in one of my favorite area taphouse drinking beer and reading. But earlier in the day I slapped together my reading list for the  20 Books of Summer hosted by Cathy on her blog 746 BooksWe’ll see if I even come close to reading all these books. Oh, in case you’re wondering the noisy birds under the eaves of cabin have finally quieted down. 

8 thoughts on “Sunday Salon

  1. I like that you read a lot of hardcore books (and I had to verify that the word hardcore does NOT always mean porn Hahahahahahaha). I would need to make sure I had ZERO distractions in my life in order to read some of those titles. I was really interested in Grand Hotel Abyss but my attention span these days is way too short for that, unfortunately.

    I’m glad you are 100% hooked on Mr Robot. That series just gets better and better as it goes and the music!!!! So much good music.

    I have watched some good stuff on Kanopy, but don’t ask me for examples because it’s been awhile. I think that’s where I watched the documentary about the cats in Turkey though. Kedi was the title.

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    • LOL! Quite true! Hardcore isn’t ALWAYS about porn! Thanks for being sympathetic when it comes to my choices in reading. Sadly, I fear a lot of readers could care less about what I read. So thank you!
      I agree so far the music in Mr Robot has been great.Excellent series so far!
      I didn’t know Kedi might be available through Kanopy. I’ve been wanting to watch that film so I will look for it there. Thanks for the tip!

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  2. Look at all your excellent Canadian content this week! Excited to see the CBC podcasts on your list and I’m particularly intrigued by Recall. Kanopy is such a great platform and I’ve found some amazing things there (Czech mini-series Burning Bush is a particular favourite).

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    • I thought of you while writing this post knowing you’re Canadian and thinking you would approve of my choices. LOL! I’m intrigued by Burning Bush and might have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  3. Your book choices are always intriguing. I’m especially interested in looking for Caught in the Revolution if it is destined for your favorite nonfiction of the year list.

    I listened to several podcasts regularly during the pandemic, but I haven’t revisited them in a while. I think I will try Ideas.

    We often use Kanopy for older films that we can’t find anywhere else. Just before we left for France, we watched the amusing Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday on Kanopy, and, in one of the cafes where we ate while we were in France, we saw a poster for another movie in that series…I intend to look for it on Kanopy, too.

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    • Thanks! I would encourage you to read Caught in the Revolution. So far it’s quite good. Kanopy looks like a good source for older films and if that’s the case I’m going to have a lot of fun exploring its catalog. Thanks for dropping by and commenting and thanks also for hosting the Sunday Salon!

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