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This week: favorite movies, TV, and music from the past six months...

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Hey y’all,

Here’s some ear and eye candy I’ve enjoyed in the first half of this year: 

  1. Movies I actually went out of my way to see in the theater (good calls): Black Panther and Phantom Thread.
     
  2. TV: Parts Unknown, The Good Place, Detectorists, Atlanta, Grand Designs, and Billions.
     
  3. Everything directed by Taika WaititiWhat We Do In the Shadows, Hunt for The WilderpeopleBoy, and heck, I don’t even like comic book movies and I enjoyed Thor: Ragnarok.
     
  4. Other movies I liked: Faces PlacesSofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, The Zen Diaries of Gary Shandlingand Coco.
     
  5. ComedyAli Wong’s Netflix specials Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, Nacho Libre (I know I know)and the first hour of Girls Trip.
     
  6. My record of the year so far: Parquet Courts’ Wide Awake! Can’t stop listening.
     
  7. Favorite morning/writing music: harpist Mary Lattimore’s dreamy album, Hundreds of Days.
     
  8. Classical: KMFA, Jonny Greenwood’s score for Phantom Threadthe string quartets of Debussy and Ravel, and the Balanescu Quartet’s Possessed.
     
  9. Reissues: the 50th anniversary remix of Sgt. Pepper’s and the deluxe edition of Purple Rain. (The B-sides are better than most singles from other artists.)
     
  10. Favorite songs: my 2018 playlist on Spotify.
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Austin

PS. Top image is the German musician Conrad Schnitzler, snapped from the documentary, Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution.

Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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