I guess it’s kind of an early valentine’s day post if you squint

I’ve been a tad more hopeful lately that my spiritual life can be more than the garbo it has been lately. It’s a kind of, I dunno, sweetness and sense of wonder that has fallen upon me these past couple of days. I haven’t felt that way about my faith for a while. The bad news is I’m still going to inflict you guys with my tormented thoughts. We still have to navigate the labyrinth.

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La filette revolutionaire

The trouble is that it’s already been over a month since I wrapped up my Ulysses re-read; I may need to go back at it again if I want to keep writing about it. This whole thing is threatening to become an extremely unprofessional research project, and I don’t even have my JSTOR privileges anymore.

But keeping with the theme of “stuff I liked over a decade ago”, I decided to revisit the first season of Revolutionary Girl Utena. It turns out I still really like it, so let’s talk about that while it’s still fresh in my mind.

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usylessly unreadable Blue Book of Eccles (part I of ??!)


Now for the good stuff. In rereading Ulysses and dipping into Finnegans Wake and Richard Ellmann’s biography of James Joyce, it’s become clear that the man is one of those artists who I have a foundational, yet utterly complicated and baffling relationship with. It will take some time to completely hash things out.

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Again, I promised books. But this post has already been delayed, and I want to say something about The Favourite before it becomes a distant memory: although I’m not sure I can honestly say I liked it more than Spider-Verse, it is probably the most Josh movie released that year – which is to say that it’s a demented travesty of a prestige costume drama, an elegant swan that attacks the audience for having the gall to absently cross its path.

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The sequel to the melodramatic turns out to be the comedic. I somehow found myself in the Confessional, the dumpster fire of recent weeks being anticlimactically extinguished. The Holy Spirit got the better of me. Uncle uncle

“So, have your doubts about the Church been resolved?” The priest asked.

“I, uh, don’t know, really…But I’m here, I suppose.”


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The plot thickens

I know I promised I’d be talking about books and stuff, but shit’s been real, guys, and I have to get this off my chest.

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Briefly; spidey-widey

I thought I was through talking about movies and such for now (even if I was exaggerating a tad for dramatic effect), but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is so notable that it seemed worthy of giving, uh, note. Inasmuch as everyone and their mother is talking about this thing, I’ll try to keep things boiled down to the stuff which seems most salient for me.

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Sorry guys this is a literary blog now

So I’ve wrapped up Moby-Dick, which is a fine book. Though admittedly I was a tad relieved when the epilogue came and went.

I usually like to do a “best books I read this year” kind of list around new years, but this year has been a little bit different in that I think most of my notable reads have actually been re-reads.

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Other reading notes

Just some quick thoughts on other things I’ve been reading.

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All hollowed out

I’ve been having some pretty brutal struggles with insomnia these past few months. It’s a double-edged knife, really: the hours of being too tired to do anything yet still unable to sleep has helped to reawaken a love of jazz music, but they also make stuff like blogging seem less toothsome.

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