Recommended, 2020

A sample of books, TV and music I've loved this yearโ€”not necessarily of this year.

Recommended, 2020

[Last updated, 14 November 2020.]

๐Ÿ“š Books

๐Ÿ“– Henry Miller on Writing by Henry Miller (literary studies)
๐Ÿ“– Dune by Frank Herbert (fiction, classics)
๐Ÿ“– Sing Backwards and Weep by Mark Lanegan (biography, memoir)
๐Ÿ“– The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (fiction, classics)
๐Ÿ“– One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (fiction, classics)
๐Ÿ“– Animal Farm by George Orwell (fiction, classics)
๐Ÿ“– Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (fiction)
๐Ÿ“– Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (fiction, classics)
๐Ÿ“– Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz (biography, memoir)

๐ŸŽฅ TV, movies, video

๐Ÿ“บ Devs (drama, sci-fi)
๐Ÿ“บ The Last Dance (documentary, biography)
๐Ÿ“บ Tales from the Loop (drama, sci-fi)
๐Ÿ“บ Nausicaรค of the Valley of the Wind (anime)

๐ŸŽง Music, podcasts

๐ŸŽต The Beacon Sound Choir โ€” Fortunate Ones (ambient)
๐ŸŽต Mark Lanegan Band โ€” 4AD session (alternative rock, blues rock)
๐ŸŽต Ryuichi Sakamoto โ€” solari (Jรณhann Jรณhannsson Rework) [electronic, ambient]
๐ŸŽต Greg Puciato (metal, industrial, alternative)
๐ŸŽต Holy Fawn โ€” Death Spells (shoegaze, doomgaze)
๐ŸŽต Hildur Guรฐnadรณttir โ€” Bridge of Death (soundtrack)
๐Ÿ’ฌ Broken Record (music interviews)

I'd love any recommendations. Drop me a note.

๐Ÿ“จ Other things

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Reader suggestions

Thanks to those who have been sharing what's moved them recently. The following is a running list of recommendations from others.

๐Ÿ“š Books

๐Ÿ“– The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (fiction)
๐Ÿ“– The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (fiction)
๐Ÿ“– The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (fiction)
๐Ÿ“– This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (biography, memoir)
๐Ÿ“– The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma (personal development)
๐Ÿ“– Metahuman by Deepak Chopra (personal development)
๐Ÿ“– The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (fiction)
๐Ÿ“– First they killed my father by Loung Ung (biography, memoir)

๐ŸŽง Music, Podcasts

๐ŸŽต Only Love by The Armed (punk, rock)
๐ŸŽต Crushing by Julia Jacklin (folk)
๐ŸŽต Sweeter by Leon Bridges (soul, R&B)
๐Ÿ’ฌ The work of Alan Watts