Week Notes 2021/30
Sun Aug 1, 2021
Notes for the week of 26th July through 1st of August 2021.
- I spent the week on vacation at home reading, some writing, and generally relaxing.
- My toe has mostly healed and the theory about what caused the pain & swelling has changed. Whatever the cause had passed to the point where I could walk normal distances with only a small amount of discomfort by mid-week.
- On Thursday I accidentally walked into Waterstones and bought: Ted Chaing’s Exhalation, Inadvertent by Karl Ove Knausgård, A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Suppose a Sentence by Brian Dillon.
- On Friday I subbed to the LitCritGuy’s Patreon.
- I was gifted trail running sockets, two bottles of whisky, and all six volumes of Akira for my birthday this week.
- The bottle of Redbreast from Mike J. is about to be opened as a pre-dinner aperitif.
- In terms of writing I made a little progress on a short story, but realised that after today/tomorrow I need to abandon it.
- After a month of using Scrivener I’m not going to pay full price for the software package. It doesn’t quite work for me and my processes.
- How to Read Literature (Terry Eagleton, 2014)
- I’m very near the end of this. Probably about twenty pages left.
- Trafalgar (Angélica Gorodischer, 1979)
- Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo, 1982-1990)
- All six volumes in one week.
- The good shit!
- Inadvertent (Karl Ove Knausgård, 2018)
- A short read. Insightful and provided me with a different way of looking at writing.
- Two elliptical sessions at the gym. God, what tedious exercise.
- On Wednesday 28th I had an hour long session with a personal trailer. I’m learning to dead lift and do weighted squats for the usual reasons of injury prevention and performance improvement.
- On Sunday 1st August I went for a 9km run along the sea front. My toe held up well with little pain during (cobbled streets still hurt) and none after. I ran with Jen. We stopped for a coffee 5km in and then stopped at 9km rather than 10km because Jen developed a slight hip tendon issue.
- Star Trek: Deep Space 9 S7E20 “The Changing Face of Evil”
- Star Trek: Deep Space 9 S7E21 “When It Rains…”
- Star Trek: Deep Space 9 S7E22 “Tacking into the Wind”
- Star Trek: Deep Space 9 S7E23 “Extreme Measures”
- Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown S11E4 “Hong Kong”
- A rewatch of one of my favourite episodes. Directed by Bourdain’s partner Asia Argento with cinematography by and extended interview with Christopher Doyle
- The Rocketeer (Joe Johnson, 1991)
- Entertaining pulp throwback. Timothy Dalton really chewed the scenery. Exceptionally charming compared to contemporary superhero films.
- Star Wars: Squadrons
- Fine. Nothing special. A good distraction.