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What I'm Up To Paul LeBlanc

I'm reading:

I’m in an Antarctica state of mind and used a 16-hour plane ride and then being laid low by Covid to read two splendid books: Alfred Lansing’s 1959 Endurance, the best book about Ernest Shackleton’s incredible voyage, and Sara Wheeler’s Terra Incognita, her 1996 adventure travel book which is as much about a spiritual journey as a physical one. The former book convinces me that those intrepid explorers were made of much sterner stuff than modern human beings. I’d have lasted, oh….maybe 45 minutes. Wheeler’s book is one of the very best travel books I’ve ever read. Full stop. These are beautifully written, gripping accounts, and make one yearn for empty spaces unconnected to modern communications, everyday concerns of getting and spending, and a modernity increasingly disconnected from Nature in its wildest and most subliminal form.

I'm watching:

We binge watched FX’s The Bear, which takes place in a Chicago family-owner sandwich shop. If you love restaurants, food, and the knowing what goes on behind the kitchen’s swinging door, the show is delightful, frenetic, and anxiety-producing. More importantly, in just 8 episodes, it gives us characters we care about (my #1 criterion for story telling), a story arc not only for the show, but also for the individuals, and a ton of pain, humor, and humanity. It’s refreshing to watch a series with such great acting and that doesn’t feel like it's following the almost algorithmic approach to television series these days.

I'm listening to:

If there is a more joyous and fun presence in the contemporary music scene than Lizzo, I don’t know who it might be. Her new album Special is not getting a ton of love from critics, but I think it’s fun, upbeat, and she is irrepressible. Can pop and funk get along? Can you deliver cusswords with a disarming dash of joy? Can you mix in a bit of politics and consciousness raising while still making great dance music? If you’re Lizzo you can and this is the album to put on when you are getting ready to go out on a Saturday night. That an aging White guy with gray hair loves the album is exactly the problem, Lizzo‘s critics will argue, but her domination of the charts (after Beyonce, of course) is obviously not built on aging White guys. Lizzo sings to hearts of all kinds that want to be happy and light for a while in unhappy times.


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