Thoroughly Thursday - the "Omisoka" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Ōmisoka Edition. In the final days of the year, there is a Japanese holiday of Omisoka (大晦) which more or less translates to “last day of the month of the year.” It is meant to be a time of completing tasks, repaying debts, and osoji (the BIG cleaning) so that you can begin the year with a fresh start. As 2018 was definitely a year that seems to have left a bit of a lingering taste, I’m looking forward to a couple days of scrubbing and organizing so that I start 2019 with a minimum of backward glances.
If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with your own osoji, I am giving away a free copy of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up, which was a great introduction to her “spark joy” method. Email me by Thursday, December 27th with your address to enter the drawing.
Today, I’m continuing my recap on some of my favorite suggestions of 2018.
Favorite Albums of 2018 - Okay, Maybe a Little Heavy on the Synth-Pop
Okay, though I really enjoyed a variety of new albums like Landfall by Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN, and The Capital Studio Sessions by Jeff Goldblum & Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, I have to admit I had these albums on repeat for the majority of 2018:
Chvrches - Every Open Eye (and I watched this video way too many times)
Grimes - Art Angels (B - E - H - A - V - E)
Bleachers - Strange Desires and Gone Now (Don’t Take the Money!)
Favorite Movies of 2018 - A Chance to Revisit the Neighborhood
There is no doubt that my favorite movie of the year was Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about Mr. Rogers. In an era where all our cultural heroes seem so diminished, Fred Rogers stood as a shining beacon of love and compassion to others. Some other films that I really enjoyed this last year:
Paddington 2 (“Exit Bear, Pursued by an Actor.”)
Death of Stalin (hilarious when it wasn’t terrifying)
All the best, and remember, next week is 2019.
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