What I’ve Been Reading: September 25, 2022

It’s been a while since we last saw each other. How are things going? I love your new haircut. Oh my gosh, did you lose weight? Wow! How are your parents doing? Still keeping on?

Anyway, let’s chat about concerts, polio, and Psychonauts.

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Things I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2022

As I do every year, I’ve made a list of the stuff I’m most anticipating. As usual, it’s mostly video games. But there’s also some stuff that isn’t video games! (See? I’m somewhat unpredictable.) I should also add the disclaimer that sometimes things miss their scheduled release dates, so don’t sue me. Sue your local bookstore instead! (Don’t sue bookstores.)

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The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2021

Content warnings: sexual abuse; suicide; death

This blog’s most time-honoured [citation needed] tradition returns. 2021 fucking sucked. A global pandemic raged on, the rich continued to get richer, and uncontrollable forest fires demonstrated that global warming’s effects are already here. Simply put, shit’s fucked. Viewed in that light, talking about pop-cultural disappointments feels petty. But you know what? This is my personal blog, and I’m allowed be petty and laugh at stupid things. So that’s what I’m going to do, as I’ve done every year since… -searches blog- holy shit I’ve been doing this since 2011??? How have I not lost my fucking mind yet???

A reminder: these aren’t necessarily the worst aspects of pop culture in 2021. They’re just the things that disappointed me the most, personally. So without further ado, I bring you 2021: the year in shit.

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45 Songs I Liked in 2021

As I’ve done in previous years, I’m listing a bunch of songs I liked last year. I always pick a multiple of five, and I always give myself a limit of one track per artist to ensure the list has variety. Here’s 2021’s list, in alphabetical order by artist. I’ve also included a link to the Spotify playlist, so you can listen to it whenever you want. YouTube links are provided for all songs.

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My Favourite Albums of 2021

2021: The year when I said, “Okay, fuck it, I’ll listen to that.” People keep recommending me albums, and I keep seeing records I’ve never heard on year-end lists, so this was the year I resolved to at least try to keep up with critically-acclaimed music.

I didn’t succeed. (No shit.) And honestly, I didn’t like a lot of what I heard. But at least I can say that I’m less ignorant than I otherwise would have been. I listened to a whopping 186 new albums this year, a few short of my goal of 200, but an impressive total nonetheless. And despite the fact that a lot of it was trash, I did find quite a few gems in there. Here, I’ll be presenting my top 20, but I’ve also attached the full list if you’re curious. Let’s get right to it.

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On St. Vincent and Promotional Cycles

In the past few years, I’ve more or less stopped using this blog as a space to opine on things I know very little about. But seeing as I’m currently unemployed and have nothing better to do (aside from y’know, applying for jobs or honing my professional skills), today I’m going to talk about Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent.

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