What I Consumed in 2020…

Thank you for tuning in today, for the final dispatch of this year. My blog has really grown this year with more regular uploading on my part, and I am extremely grateful (and astounded) that people read and enjoy the content I put on here. So thank you, everyone of you, it means a great deal to me.

I did one of these last year so I thought why not do one again. After reading through the previous one it really struck me how much has changed, in myself and the world I’m living in now. COVID-19, starting university, the people in my life. I’ve lived ALOT in the space of 12 months ( though one goal has not been achieved but we can work on the motorcycle at some point in the future-though I was listening to a podcast today with some pretty graphic descriptions of pelvic fractures in the ER…).

Before I begin I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who reads the (questionable) posts I produce, and to those who have helped me grow during these ‘unprecedented times’. Happy New Year All!

Let’s jump right in with

Books:

Personal Growth kinda thing

  1. Birds, Art, Life and Death by Kyo Maclear
  2. Sara: The Prison Memoirs of a Kurdish Revolutionary by Sakine Cansiz ( translated by Janet Biehl)
  3. The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde

Fiction

  1. Memet My Hawk by Yasar Kemal
  2. I Stared at the Night of the City by Bakhtiyar Ali
  3. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet

Poems

  1. Reality by Rabia Al Basri
  2. The Voyage by Louise Michel
  3. Ablation by Helen Mort

Music

I don’t know really how to do this but let’s go with albums

  1. Mediterranean Sounds by Belle Chen
  2. Stillness in Wonderland by Little Simz (ok don’t judge it’s a repeat but v special)
  3. Second Verse by Faraj Suleiman

NEW CATEGORY ALERT: Films

  1. Close Up by Abbas Kiarostami
  2. Wanda by Barbara Loden
  3. A Woman Under the Influence by John Cassavetes

Podcasts

  1. Ologies by Alie Ward
  2. Panthers and Guerrillas: Black America, Kurdistan, and Their Struggles For Freedom by Neighbor Democracy
  3. Too Much Medicine? The Problem of Overtreatment by Dr Margaret McCartney
  4. (and a sneaky one I listened to a few days back but blew my mind) Mental Health and South Asian Women by Soul Sutras

Animation/TV

  1. Infinity Train Season 3
  2. Summer Camp Island Season 3
  3. Bir Baskadir
  4. Bee and Puppycat: Lazy in Space

And finally a customary goal summary. I think this year I have been more conscious of what I’m exposing myself to, but going forward I want to be more comfortable producing things. To not read my posts with a sense of revulsion, write and exist creatively more publicly (make that chapbook!). It sounds like a pretty modest resolution but I know that I’m going to have to put in some work to make it happen. Being comfortable in my own skin, literal and figurative.

See you in 2021!

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