My Favorite Things, Spring 2017 Edition

January through March are my dark months – the months that I am most likely to get depressed, the months when I hunker down and survive the mood winter that comes over me. To celebrate spring finally being here, I thought I would take a detour from my regular writing and share with you some of my favorite things this spring.

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

I just recently finished the gigantic tome Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. It’s nearly impossible to describe this novel. It’s about hacking, and treasure hunting, and the invention of the computer, and Alan Turing, and World War Two. It’s a maze of fascinating, interlinking subjects, and Stephenson’s writing is like a vivid, colorful dream.

The Wild Unknown Tarot

My partner recently gave me the Wild Unknown Tarot deck. It is a stunningly beautiful deck – dark, coarse, and earthy. It’s been my primary deck for meditation the past few months, and I absolutely love it.

The Nightmare

A horror documentary about sleep paralysis, this movie captured my fascination. It explores the experiences of eight sufferers of sleep paralysis, and their stories are brought to vivid, terrifying life with reenactments. It touched on many of my life-long obsessions: dreams, the supernatural, and the mysteries of the human mind.

The (Original) Wickerman

I’d only ever heard of the terrible remake with Nicolas Cage, but I recently watched the original starring Christopher Lee, and it’s now among my favorite films. I loved the horror, the sunny paganism, and the folk music. It explores Christian anxieties regarding sexuality, paganism, and other subjects.

Channel Zero: Candle Cove

A new anthology series on the sci-fi channel, this show dramatizes various Creepy Pasta (internet lore.) The first season covered the only Creepy Pasta that has truly ever managed to terrify me: Candle Cove. This is not a jump-scare show, but a very, very slow creep. It builds its horror by dragging you through the uncanny valley.

The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

A gorgeously written daily devotional, The Book of Awakening leads you through a series of meditations every day. It has become a pillar of my morning ritual.

 

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