High Five / 16

Hi friends!

High Five 16How are you? I’m writing this after a few snowy days at home, but you’ll hear no complaints from me. Whether it’s a result of the cold New England weather or the start of the new year, I can’t say, but I feel like I ended the week on such a productive note! I’m not sure what’s in store for the weekend, but I’ll be sure to save time for a reading session (my pile of library books is growing bigger by the day) and recipe experiments (I have numerous dishes bookmarked in Deb’s most recent cookbook).

I also wanted to share a new High Five, particularly because I feel like I’ve been reading, watching, and creating galore as of late. With that said, here are a few highlights – books, movies, articles, and the like – from my winter break. How was your week?

[1] To start, the last show I saw in 2017 was also among my very favorites. Sense and Sensibility is currently playing at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge and like the Jane Austen novel it’s based after, it’s all at once witty and heartfelt and thoughtful. I was so lucky to see it twice – first with two close friends, next with my mom and sister – and I was blown away by the minimalist set, the sharp dialogue (and complementary sound design!), and the ease at which the actors moved through the roles each time. I think there’s nothing more to say except kudos to the entire cast and crew. It’s playing until January 14th, so if you’re in the Boston area, I’d encourage you to check it out for yourself. If you can’t make it, join me instead in reading Sense and Sensibility at some point this spring. You can’t go wrong with an afternoon or two of Jane Austen.

[2] Speaking of Jane Austen, have you ever seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? It’s one of my favorite web series, and I bring it up only because there seems to be another channel that I like just as much. Shipwrecked Comedy is, as they write on their website, dedicated to “[creating] comedic historical literary content.” It’s a goal I think they’ve well accomplished with such projects as Kissing in the Rain, Poe Party, and their latest, a noir short film titled The Case of the Gilded Lily. I loved how the script and set paid homage to classic Hollywood mysteries, and I couldn’t get enough of the stellar cast and the roles they took on. It’s not long either; at only forty minutes, you could even fit in a viewing this afternoon! (All credit to my sister, Lulu, for the introduction).

[3] If a movie night is in your weekend plans, let me offer a suggestion: Their Finest, a 2016 release about the British Ministry of Information’s film-making attempts during World War II. I’m not one to turn down a British historical drama, and so when Lulu and I both had a free night, we jumped at the opportunity to finally rent it. I’m so glad we did. The film has a number of strong elements, including an intriguing storyline, a surprisingly sweet romance, and an engaging cast, led by actress Gemma Arterton. One critic writes that it “is a charming and thoughtful movie, about people making a charming and thoughtful movie.” You can’t sum it up any better than that. (Looking for music, not movies? I’ve found the soundtrack to be equally wonderful and certainly worth a listen.)

[4] It seems that mysteries are the theme of the week! Continuing the podcast kick I’ve been on, I started the ten-episode murder mystery series, “Deadly Manners,” on Tuesday; I’m only on the fourth chapter, but I already know I’ll be listening to the end. Taking inspiration from Clue, the podcast chronicles a dinner party at the home of the wealthy Billings family – a party that quickly takes a turn when one of the guests is found dead on the floor. With LeVar Burton narrating and Kristen Bell voicing Mrs. Billings (alongside several other stars), the line-up couldn’t be better, nor could their exaggerated, animated portrayals. I’m excited to see how the mystery wraps up – I have my predictions – but in the meantime, I’ll encourage you to listen to Episode One.

[5] January always ushers in a number of blog posts about resolutions and fresh starts. I love to read them, but I myself tend not to make long lists of goals. Rather, I choose a word that I hope will define the year ahead, and for 2018, I’ve decided on “aware.” That in mind, here’s a random assortment of links and pieces that have resonated with me as we kick off the new year:

  • I’ve long been a fan of Hannah’s writing; she captures small moments with such grace, and even her tweets read like poetry. You can then imagine how quick I was to sign up for her newsletter.
  • I’m in the process of clearing out my social media feeds, and it feels so good. It’s likely a cue I’ve taken from one of my new favorite sites, Reading My Tea Leaves. Erin’s dedication to clearing clutter and living simply is contagious.
  • Just after finishing The Hate U Give, Aneeqah’s thoughts ring truer than ever. As the YA community continues to advocate for diverse literature and representation, I think we’d do well to keep her thread in mind.
  • The theme for Rookie’s January issue is Utopia, introduced by Tavi in her monthly editor’s letter. It’s a powerful piece of writing, hitting on all of the right notes.
  • And finally, I’ve fallen into the archives of the blog 600 Acres, but I have no regrets. Like the best comfort dishes, Posie’s writing and recipes remind me of the shared power of cooking and baking.

And on that note, have a terrific Saturday.
Bella

Psst. I’m a fan of snow days as much as the next person (and I clearly love to write about them!), but these extreme temperatures can be dangerous. We need to discuss climate change at all levels, but in the meantime, please consider donating coats and other cold-weather clothing to your local shelters.

2 thoughts on “High Five / 16

  1. I like old B-movie mystery flicks. I also enjoy old radio shows. ‘Deadly Manners’ sounds really good. Thanks for the recommendation. Now if I can only figure out how to listen to podcasts…
    Cheers!
    ~Icky. :-)

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    • Oh, Icky, this would be right up your alley! I hope you get a chance to listen. I don’t know what you have at home, but I simply listen to it through the website on my laptop :)

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