Prestige Format: Music, Books, Movies

  • Ryan’s Music Picks 🌸 25 May 2017

    Looks like I’ve shifted to roughly monthly for these. Thanks for your patience. This is a lot of music that fits well into the late spring season (an important time for music, IMO). There are 3 different albums from 1968-69 in here this time, and a bunch of baroquely complex pop. That’s just what happens…

  • Ryan’s Music Picks 🍔 12 April 2017

    Whew, it’s been more than a month since my last one of these. I had nearly 30 albums stockpiled in my working playlist, and I’ve cut it down to 11, but I probably will have more next week or the week after. Apple Music Playlist Spotify Playlist Mastodon – Emperor of Sand (Apple Music, Spotify)…

  • Cryptonomicon in January: Week 4

    (I finished the book at some point in March, and basically have been processing and procrastinating this last entry since then. Here comes the chapter recap, with some freeform thoughts at the end.) The Most Cigarettes: Randy and Avi talk about Andrew Loeb who is suing Epiphyte(2), backed by The Dentist. The Feds show up at Ordo headquarters to…

  • Ryan’s Music Picks 👽 10 March 2017

    The theme of these picks is “dreamlike” in the sense that they are transportative, slightly off-kilter, and a little unworldly. This week is full of slow-burn jams with varying levels of dance-floor, headphone, stadium, and sitting-alone-in-a-dark-room listenability. Landlady – The World is a Loud Place (Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify) Classic psychedelic rock in a 70s…

  • Cryptonomicon in January: Week 3

    At this point, the “in January” and “week 3” are just a joke. But I really like this book and want to finish it and I’m honor-bound to write chapter summaries because I can’t find good ones online. Here’s week 1 and week 2. Outpost: Goto Dengo makes it back to “civilization” but is reminded that war…

  • Ryan’s Music Picks ✈️ 20 February 2017

    It’s been a while, huh? A lot of stuff happened since my last one of these: Trump became president, my youngest daughter turned one, I turned 34. I’ve been listening to a ton of music and making lots of mental notes and aspirational playlists for this email, but nothing has been actually written down until…

  • Cryptonomicon in January: Week 2

    It’s looking much more like this is going to be a 2-month book club considering that I’ve gotten halfway through the book at the end of the month. Anyway, a lot of stuff has happened in the book and I still want to finish it. The chapter-by-chapter summary I found online and mentioned previously peters…

  • Cryptonomicon in January: Week 1

    I decided to read Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon this January for a slightly delayed resurrection of my previous December book clubs. I thought that maybe January would be better because the hectic schedules of the Holidays were over people like to start the year fresh sometimes and decide “this is the year I get back to reading”.…

  • Top 12 Albums 2016

    Here’s my Favorite 12 Albums of 2016. 12 because 10 isn’t ever enough, and “favorite” (as opposed to “best”) because objectivity in art is impossible. There are a lot of albums from 2016 that I didn’t listen to, and a lot of other albums that I heard once but never spent time with, so expect…

  • Ryan’s Music Picks 🎄 20 December 2016

    There are 3 or 4 different kinds of Christmas songs, really. There are songs about Santa coming to town, songs about how it’s cold and romance is in the air, songs about the fact that it is winter, and songs about baby Jesus being born. I tend to gravitate to types 3 and 4, but…