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Key: (B) = book | (F) = film | (T) = television series | (P) = podcast series | (TH) = theater performance | (M) = musical performance | [R] = reread/rewatch/relisten | (Tk) = talk

This is a non-exhaustive list of things I’ve read, watched, seen or otherwise enjoyed.

Here are the lists for 2019 and 2020.

  • August
    • 30
      • Finished reading The Idiot by Elif Batuman B Luscious, laugh out loud funny, and a great glimpse into a different view of the world.
      • Finished reading Spy Hook by Len Deighton B I dunno. Very complex and pretty unsatisfying.
      • Finished reading The Salt Path by Raynor Winn B Sweet and, er, life-affirming?
    • 14
      • Watched Shirely Valentine in iTunes F Very sweet, and only a little dated, really.
    • 07
      • Started watching The Americans s03 on Amazon Prime T Oh, those crazy Russians.
    • 03
      • Finished reading Rules of Civility by Amor Towles B Maybe not quite up to _A Gentleman in Moscow_, but very, very good. Deeply absorbing.
    • 02
      • Started watching Midnight Diner s03 on Netflix T So good. Why don't I find it sentimental? Because it is Japanese?
    • 01
      • Finished watching The Americans s02 on Amazon Prime T Didn't see that coming, and possibly neither did the story editor.
  • July
    • 25
      • Finished watching High on the Hog on Netflix T Very well done, and thoughtful.
    • 19
      • Started reading Rules of Civility by Amor Towles on Kindle B Entrancing, and a bravura opening.
    • 18
      • Finished watching Midnight Diner s02 on Netflix T Very happy to discover there's a third series.
    • 15
      • Started watching Bosch s07 on Amazon Prime T Still very absorbing.
    • 14
      • Finished watching Lupin s02 on Netflix T Excellent. But what is he running from, in the end? Another series?
    • 14
      • Finished reading The Corrections by Jonathan Frantzen B Blimey; what a sage. So engrossing, so well made.
    • 4
      • Finished reading Monterey Bay by Lindsay Hatton B Somewhat overwritten, but interesting as far as it went.
  • June
    • 27
      • Finished watching Call My Agent s04 on Netflix T Is this the end? Possibly not.
    • 12
      • Started watching Lupin s02 on Netflix T Still very entertaining.
    • 10
      • Started watching High on the Hog on Netflix T Very thoughtful and well made.
  • May
    • 30
      • Started watching Shtisel s02 on Netflix T Totally engaging.
    • 29
      • Started watching The Kominsky Method s03 on Netflix T Still very good, but why’d they kill off Alan Arkin?
    • 27
      • Started watching Halston on Netflix T OK, but not wow.
    • 27
      • Started reading The Screaming SkyTitle by Charles Foster B Lyrical, and yet down-to-earth.
    • 26
      • Finished The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem B OK, but by no means excellent.
    • 16
      • Started reading The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem on Kindle B Weird.
    • 09
      • Watched State of Play on Netflix F Most of the usual tropes, but gripping nevertheless.
    • 02
      • Watched Concrete Cowboy on Netflix F Occasionally a teeny bit mawkish, but on the whole extremely fine.
  • April
    • 27
      • Finished This is a Robbery On Netflix T Well done, even though ultimately lacking closure. Will we ever know for sure?
    • 25
      • Watched two episodes of This is a Robbery on Netflix T True crime podcast with pictures that owe a lot to Errol Morris. Extremely absorbing.
    • 24
      • Started watching Samurai Gourmet s01 on Netflix T Very strange, very Japanese, rather fun.
    • 11
      • Watched The Spy Who Came in from the Cold on iTunes F The crucial unanswered question is how much did Leamas actually know.
    • 08
      • Started watching Shtisel on Netflix T Rather interresting.
    • 04
      • Watched Operation Finale on Netflix F Beautifully done. Malkin and Eichmann both deserve awards.
    • 03
      • Watched Seaspiracy on Netflix F Polemical, naïve documentary that actually had a useful final message.
    • 02
      • Started watching Tokyo Stories: Midnight Diner on Netflix T Rather entertaining and very funny.
  • March
    • 28
      • Watched The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie and Literary Society on Netflix, over two nights F Very sweet and rather satisfying.
    • 26
      • Finished re-watching The Night Manager on iTunes T So very good.
    • 14
      • Started watching News of the World on Netflix T Rather good, tropes notwithstanding. Seldom seem to manage a movie in one night.
    • 13
      • Started reading The Anarchy by William Dalrymple B Complex and very interesting. Bastards.
    • 12
      • Started rewatching The Night Manager on iTunes T Still very compelling, and so glad my memory is shot to pieces.
    • 09
      • Finished A Man Called Ove on Kindle B with a speck of dust or something in my eye.
    • 04
      • Finished watching Le Bureau s05 on Apple TV T Best thing in a long, long time, despite an ending that was altogether far too fluffy.
    • 02
      • Started reading A Man Called Ove on Kindle B Recommended on the strength of Amor Towles and Anthony Doerr; charming.
  • February
    • 26
      • Started watching The Americans s01 on Prime T Tosh?
    • 23
      • Started watching Jack Ryan s02 on Prime T What’s not to like? Excessive use of force?
    • 20
      • Watched White Tiger on Netflix F Not too bad, overall, but God, the press of humanity.
      • Finished reading Single & Single by John Le Carré B Absorbing, different, lots of tradecraft. But how did Tiger end up in Turkey?
    • 16
      • Finished watching Jack Ryan s01 on Prime T Satisfying conclusion.
    • 11
      • Started watching Call my Agent s01 on Netflix T
    • 08
      • Finished watching Bridgerton s01 on Netflix T Everyone lives happily ever after, except, possibly, Viscount Bridgerton, who in any case is an ass, mostly.
    • 04
      • Finished watching Bonfire of Destiny on Netflix T Everyone lives happily ever after, unless the bastard who got away returns to make life miserable for everyone in season 02.
    • 02
      • Finished watching Lupin on Netflix T Season 02 needs to happen soon.
  • January
    • 31
      • Watched The Dig on Netflix F And I don't give a toss what the pedants say, it was wonderful, especially the unspoken dialogue and the strange, unacknowledged flashbacks.
    • 22
      • Started watching Le Bureau s05 on Apple TV T I’ll be bereft by the end of this season.
    • 20
      • Started watching Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime T Like, is there anyone else’s Jack Ryan?
    • 17
      • Watched Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom On Netflix F Very fine, and very stagey. Viola Davis is magnificent.
    • 15
      • Finished watching Le Bureau s04 on Apple TV T So good. So sad that I know s05 is the end.
    • 13
      • Started watching Lupin on Netflix T Very entertaining.
    • 10
      • Watched Midnight Sky on Netflix F Great spaceship, but otherwise? Meh.
    • 09
      • Finished watching Ethos on Netflix T Strangely affecting, even though nothing much happens. A second series will be good, I hope.
    • 09
      • Finished reading The Quest to Conserve Rare Breeds: Setting the Record Straight by Lawrence Alderson as pdf B Interesting and repetitive. Shaky on methane, IMHO.
    • 07
      • Started reading The Quest to Conserve Rare Breeds: Setting the Record Straight by Lawrence Alderson as pdf B Not thrilling, and interesting.
    • 06
      • Finished reading Corduroy by Adrian Bell B Lovely account of farming in Suffolk in the 1920s, not too romaticised.
    • 04
      • Started watching Bridgerton on Netflix T Well, rip my bodice; What have we here?
    • 02
      • Watched Bombshell on iTunes film F And very good it was too, although the beast still lives.
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