Wednesday, 30 November 2016
So I was thinking about my monthly favourites series and realized it's not something I can sustain since I don't buy new things every month. Instead, given everything that has happened this month and even this year, I'm changing things up. I'm gonna start posting reflections at the end of each month, some of them might include things I've bought, some of them might not. My blog has always been a make-things-up-as-I-go-along type of place so we'll see what happens.
Despite it being my birthday in November, I'm always prepared for a little bit of gloom during the month. It's an awkward slot of time between Halloween and Christmas, the Winter blues start to settle in, so even if I'm super cheerful it's likely that the people around me won't be. This November, however, has really outdone itself on the doom and gloom scale. I honestly didn't even know how to react on the 9th. Laugh, cry, scream into a pillow? All of the above?
What's bothering me most is the feeling that the world is going backwards. Back to times when racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia weren't called out on. Back to times when they were 'normal'. And I know the world wasn't a perfect place before Brexit and Trump came along - it would be stupid to think that. But some of the things that have been said by US and UK politicians lately, people who are representing these countries on the world stage, have just been so fucking unacceptable. And what's worse is how this is causing people to think that their views are suddenly okay, and that they can go out and be racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, bigoted. I'm just so sick of it and I'm sure you're all sick of it too.
Anyway, putting idiocy aside, Craig Benzine (a.k.a WheezyWaiter, my favourite Youtuber) made a great video the day after the election talking about the divide between rural and urban America and some of the other factors that led to a Trump victory.
This month I also met a man called Ben Bellman at the Tate. I was at the Radical Eye exhibition and he started talking to me. His speech was a little frantic and repetitive but we had a nice chat. Turns out he's an ex-stuntman who was involved in a terrible accident that almost killed him and affected his memory. There's a short interview with him in the Guardian. To come out the other end of that and be enjoying life is incredible.
To end this post, I have a monthly favourite to share. I got Mooncop by Tom Gauld for my birthday, a short graphic novel about a police officer on the moon. The colony is dwindling, so there isn't much for him to do up there. It's a sad but funny read, and if you're struggling to think of Christmas gifts for people it would be a great option.
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