This Month – December

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Read – Online

Losing a Teenage Dream Before I came to Hollywood, I was confidently queer. Years of mixed messages in the industry changed that Sad, but necessary article:

File under “Absurd”: the happenings in Bros., Lecce: We Eat at The Worst Michelin Starred Restaurant, Ever

I thought I took a long time finishing my thesis: The Kurt Vonnegut Doc Is Finally Here After A Nearly 40 Year Delay This news however does motivate me to finish up my other long overdue projects;

‘I’ll be bock’: Defiance after giant straw goat goes up in flames in Sweden

A lot of people passed away this month:

Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Magic

Robbie Shakespeare, ‘Wickedest Bass’ in Reggae, Dead at 68

Steve Bronski, Co-Founder of Bronski Beat, Dead at 61

Michael Nesmith, Monkees Singer-Songwriter, Dead at 78

bell hooks, Pathbreaking Black Feminist, Dies at 69

Joan Didion Has Died at 87

Betty White, ‘Golden Girls’ star and comedy legend, dead at 99

Listened to – Music

Frosty The Snowman – Pentatonix, Mitch Grassi Lead

Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy (Official Video) This video has had a life altering influence on me since I first saw it at the age of 8;

alexmaax – Bruises (Official Video)

Rhythm Is A Dancer – Bob’s Dance Shop Do read the video caption for context;

Too Many Zooz x Moon Hooch – Moon Zooz Part 2 (Official Video)

Monie Love – It’s a Shame (official video reworked)

Menthol – Allie Kelly and Henry Solomon (Music Video) Don’t smoke, people;

Diggi-loo diggi-ley – Sweden 1984 – Eurovision songs with live orchestra This is how you win Eurovision;

Kid Cudi – Day ‘N’ Nite (Crookers Remix)

Cobra Starship: Party With You [OFFICIAL VIDEO] and the Hanukkah version Cobra Starship: Party With Jews

Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For (R3hab Remix)

Listened to – Podcasts

Heavyweight podcast. It all seems very spontaneous and off the cuff, but it’s perfectly composed. It did make me think a lot about why people feel this intense need to revisit and study the past, especially seeing the destructive outcome in some cases. I might have to write something about this in the near future;

Watched – Films and Documentaries

REM, about architect Rem Koolhaas

The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

Watched – TV and Youtube

I Accidentally Became A Meme: Why You Always Lyin’

Meet My French Bulldog Foster Puppies (and learn why it’s NOT CUTE to breed & buy)

Billie Eilish: Same Interview, The Fifth Year | Vanity Fair

Miscellaneous awesomeness

Kitten Math: The World’s Most Adorable Math Project I am quite sure that I would have been WAY better at math, had I studied it with the help of kittens.

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2022

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Last year, I wished everybody a “Better 2021” and while 2021 was a better year than 2020, it was still, at least for me, not the best year. The main reason it was better dan the year before, was because of the vaccines I got in April and June: from that moment on, I at least didn’t have to live in constant terror anymore.

I also started new studies that (disclaimer: up to now – ed.) seem to be a good fit, which made life more enjoyable and gave me some prospects for the future. While not a banger of a year, I was ok enough to not have “Long December” by the Counting Crows playing in my head on a loop for weeks.

I would like to cautiously optimistically (and freshly boostered) wish you all a better 2022. And 2023. Because why not.

In the meantime, I’ll start publishing here more frequently again, starting with the delayed December round up this Friday.7