The past couple of months have been heavy on “inside time” here in Scotland aka that northern tip of an island just under the arctic circle, and the days have been dark (seriously), but that doesn’t mean the music has been lacking. Here are some of my favorite new releases and new-to-me discoveries that I have been working to and drawing to (and even puzzle building to?) over the past month plus.
Here is a short list of things I shared this year that I wanted to reshare as we roll into 2021, as well as some thoughts on improvements (for me, our life, this blog, etc) next year. This wasn’t intended as any sort of annual review, but there are shades of that kind of thing here. 🤔 Good riddance 2020 and on to the next!
New year, new waffle iron. This was something I was asking for for a long time and I finally got one for Christmas. My friend Chris used to make these yeasted waffles when we were younger and I couldn’t wait to make them for the kids and see whether they were as good as I remembered. It wouldn’t be the same without Ms Mary Jane or Ms Buttersworth at the breakfast table, but surely I could try.
Only in the most unusual cases is it useful to determine whether a book is good or bad. It is usually both.Robert Musil
I certainly wouldn’t consider Little, Big by John Crowley one of the best novels I’ve ever read, or would I? It’s certainly one of the most interestingly strange and effecting fiction books I’ve read. I definitely remember many moments after reading where it stuck with me over the course of a morning or evening in a way not many books have ever done. Similar to what Tim Ferriss describes in a glowing review from one of his 5 Bullet Friday’s:
Little, Big is simply one of the best novels I’ve ever read, and even that doesn’t do it justice. It is, as one reviewer put it, “mysteriously affecting.”…On top of that, I feel like it put me in an altered state of consciousness that often lasted for 6–12 hours, best described as a deep feeling of serenity.