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"Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.'" Kurt Vonnegut

shannon follows:
lisa travel (TANZANIA + ZANZIBAR 2017)
technology (scrolling social media)
travel
events
films
  • hidden figures ★★★★☆
  • tower ★★☆☆☆
  • sing street ★★★★★
  • about elly ★★★★★
  • moonlight ★★★★★
  • beware slenderman ★★★★☆
feb 3 2017 ∞
mar 1 2017 +
  • lies incorporated, ari rabin-havt
  • spiral: trapped in the forever world, mark danner
  • private empire, steve coll
  • dark money, jane mayer
  • while the city slept, eli sanders
  • pumpkin flowers, matti friedman
dec 19 2016 ∞
dec 23 2016 +
  • Big Little Lies ★★★★☆
  • Horace & Pete ★★★★☆
  • Search Party ★★★★★
  • Transparent, Seasons 2-3 ★★★★★
  • Fleabag ★★★★★
  • LOVE, Season 1 ★★★☆☆
  • The People vs. O.J. Simpson ★★★★ 1/2
  • OJ: Made in America ★★★★★
  • Casual, Season 1 ★★★★★
  • Casual, Season 2 ★★★★★
  • Great British Baking Show, Season 1 ★★★★★
feb 23 2016 ∞
apr 3 2017 +
  • Recovering History, Constructing Race, Martha Menchaca
  • The Beautiful Struggle, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • How to Slowly Kill Yourself & Others in America, Kiese Laymon
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
  • Citizen, Claudia Rankine
  • Between the World & Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Half has Never Been Told, Edward E. Baptist
  • Empire of Cotton, Sven Beckert
  • The Heart of Everything that Is, Bob Drury
  • An Indigionous Peoples' History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • The Locust Effect, Gary Haugen
  • Overrated, Eugene Cho
  • Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
  • The Third Plate, Dan Barber
  • This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get you Killed, Charles Cobb
jun 22 2015 ∞
sep 15 2015 +
  • Power, Kanye
  • In Between Days, the Cure
  • What's the Frequency Kenneth, REM
jun 2 2015 ∞
jun 2 2015 +
  • A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25=The Icarus Girl, Helen Oyeyemi
  • A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65-Blue Nights, Joan Didion
  • A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people) - Redeployment, Phil Klay
  • A book published by an indie press - The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson
  • A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ-Adam, Ariel Schraig
  • A book by a person whose gender is different from your own-So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson
  • A book that takes place in Asia-Silence Once Begun, Jesse Ball
  • A book by an author from Africa, Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A book that is by or about someone from a...
jan 12 2015 ∞
jun 9 2016 +
  • it's hard to be nice when you feel lonely
  • I don't really like drinking anymore and lots of other people do
  • being a good parent is a constant struggle when I'm running on fumes
  • being a good wife also
  • time management
  • laziness
  • out of shape
jan 5 2015 ∞
jan 5 2015 +
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  • james gandolfini
  • hugh laurie
  • alan cumming
  • tim curry in the rocky horror picture show, Dr. Franknfurter
  • seth green
  • jeremy sisto in 6 feet under
  • dave grohl
  • michael cera (because he is barely 18)
sep 12 2007 ∞
dec 27 2007 +

Whilel there's been no movement on this list, I can't say that the trade-off is a bad one.

  • puerto escondido in mexico
  • kenya and tanzania
  • bali
  • spain
  • madagascar and timbuktu
  • iran, israel and jordan
  • india again (southern this time)
  • south africa
  • japan
  • cambodia
  • thailand
  • argentina
  • antarctica
  • lapland
  • sri lanka
  • the maldives
  • new zealand and australia
jul 2 2007 ∞
jan 5 2015 +
  • A book about sports
  • A debut novel
  • A book about books
  • A book set in central or south america written by a central or south american author
  • A book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative
  • An all ages comic
  • A book published between 1900 and 1950
  • A travel memoir
  • A book you've read before
  • A book set within 100 miles of your location
  • A book set more than 5000 miles from your location
  • A fantasy novel
  • A nonfiction book about technology
  • A book about war
  • A YA or middle grade book by a LGBTQ author
jan 5 2017 ∞
apr 28 2017 +
  • Learn to quilt
  • Learn to read tarot
  • Learn to make pasta
mar 3 2016 ∞
mar 3 2016 +
  • the new world, chris adrian & eli horowitz
  • the sellout, paul beatty
  • bats of the republic, zachary thomas dodson
  • the turner house, angela flournoy
  • fates & furies, lauren groff
  • our souls at night, kent haruf
  • ban en banlieue, Bhanu Kapil
  • the story of my teeth, valeria luiselli
  • the tsar of love & techno, anthony marra
  • the sympathizer, viet Thanh Nguyen
  • the whites, richard price
  • oreo, fran ross
  • the book of aron, jim shepard
  • the invaders, Karolina waclawiak
  • a little life, hana yanagihara
jan 20 2016 ∞
oct 3 2016 +
  • The Devil's Highway, Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Savage Harvest, Carl Hoffman
  • On the Rez, Ian Frazier
  • In the Kingdom of Ice, Hampton Sides
  • The Emerald Mile, Kevin Fedarko
  • Born to Run, Chris McDougall
  • The Last American Man, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Tiger, John Vallient
  • On the Burning Edge, Kyle Dickman
  • Crazy for the Storm, Norman Ollestad

FILMS

  • Valley Uprising
  • Virunga
  • The Cove
  • The Crash Reel
jun 6 2015 ∞
jun 14 2015 +
  • Chicken coop
  • planter garden
  • mud kitchen
may 28 2015 ∞
may 28 2015 +
  • Big Sur - Glen Oaks Motel
  • Missoula
  • Joshua Tree - Mike & Katie's wedding
  • Antelope Canyon, AZ
  • Anchorage to visit Ash (solo)
  • Tuscon, to run Marathon in Dec (possible solo)
jan 12 2015 ∞
jun 4 2015 +
  • Optimism
  • frustration
  • overwhelmed by my responsibilities
  • irritated with my propensity/inclination to put things off while simultaneously doing nothing to change my modus operandi
  • exhaustion
jan 5 2015 ∞
jun 7 2015 +

Perhaps if I rate the experience on a 1 to 5 scale, I will continue to plod through these? Let's see.)

  • Dreamland
  • Black Mirror
  • transparent 5
  • Mad Men
  • Game of Thrones
  • Finish the Wire (season 5)
  • Undeclared
  • The West Wing
  • Downton Abbey
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Gossip Girl
  • The Office (UK)
  • Undeclared
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Breaking Bad
  • arrested development
  • Olive Kitteridge
  • orange is the new black - season 1 gets a...
jun 13 2013 ∞
feb 9 2016 +
  • Before Midnight
  • Frances Ha
  • Stories We Tell
  • Sun Don't Shine
  • The Bling Ring
  • The Mysteries & Mentors of Ricky Jay
  • The Kings of Summer
  • This is the End
  • room 237
  • fruitvale station
may 19 2013 ∞
apr 13 2016 +
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This was one of my first lists about 7 years ago, but is still mostly true and good for some inspo on inspiration deficit days

  • sincerity at the expense of coolness
  • my children (2015)
  • my nephews and nieces (2015 - updated)
  • expensive heels, the more impractical the better
  • brilliant food
  • tapas and sangria
  • crumbly old buildings that have been reinvented and put to new use
  • viszlas
  • warm sugar cookies
  • amateur photography
  • people who put other people first (not countries or governments), even when it can harm them to do so
  • inclement weather with belle & sebastian
  • spoon-kill the moonlight
jul 5 2007 ∞
jan 5 2015 +
  • born a crime, trevor noah ★★★☆☆
  • hillbilly elegy, j.d. vance ★★★☆☆
  • lincoln in the bardo, george saunders ★★★★★
  • insane clown president, matt taibbi ★★★★★
jan 17 2017 ∞
apr 28 2017 +
  • the association of small bombs, karan mahajan
  • the north water, ian mcguire
  • the underground railroad, colsom whitehead
  • the vegetarian, han king
  • war and turpentine, stefan hertmans
  • at the existentialist cafesarah bakewell
  • dark money, jane mayer
  • evicted, matthew desmond
  • in the darkroom, susan faludi
  • the return: fathers, sons and the land in between, hisham matar
dec 7 2016 ∞
dec 7 2016 +
  • Horace & Pete
  • The Mindy Show (Hulu)
  • Transparent (season 2)
  • War & Peace
  • Mr. Robot
  • Portlandia (seasons 2-now)
  • Baskets
  • You, Me & the Apocalypse
  • Last Man on Earth
  • Grinder
  • Brooklyn 911 (seasons 2-3)
  • fleabag
feb 9 2016 ∞
jan 18 2017 +
  • a horror book
  • a nonfiction book about science (sapiens)
  • a collection of essays, Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit
  • a book out loud to someone else, All of the Cat & the Hat, Curious George, Madeline books to my kids (also Ping)
  • a middle grade book
  • a biography (not memoir or autobio)
  • a dystopian or post-apocalyptic, Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
  • a book published in the decade I was born (1970's)
  • an audible book that has won an audie
  • a book over 500 pages
  • a book under 100 pages: We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • a book by or about a transgender person, The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson
  • a book set in the middle east, the mornin...
jan 20 2016 ∞
apr 28 2017 +
  • the wolf pack
  • the overnight
  • Amy
  • kung fu master, agnes varda
  • an honest liar

NETFLIX

  • The White Helmets (sep 16)
  • Amanda Knox (sep 30)
  • into the inferno (Oct 28)
  • the JT Leroy film
  • the nice guys
jun 16 2015 ∞
oct 3 2016 +
  • The New Bohemians, Justina Blakeney
may 28 2015 ∞
may 28 2015 +
  • The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
  • If you could be mine for either LGBT or YA book
  • tell me again how a crush should feel (same)
  • Hammer Headm Nina Mac Laughlin
  • what the world will look like when all the water leaves us (short stories)
  • let me tell you, shirley jackson (not yet published)
  • Red or Dead, David Peace
  • Caffeinated, Murray Carpenter (not yet published)
  • a few seconds of radiant filmstrip
  • a girl is a half-formed thing
  • smile/sisters, raina tegemeir (YA)
  • citizen, an american lyric (poetry)
  • find me, laura van den berg
  • the lobster kings, alexi zentner
  • Better than Before, Gretchen Rubin
  • Self Help, Lorrie Moore
jan 26 2015 ∞
sep 1 2015 +

I really thought about having two lists - the realistic and the aspirational. In the end, decided to be optimistic and put 'em all on realistic. I reserve the right to create the unrealistic but still thrilling aspirational list at a later date.

  • More recreational writing (not just for work). every day would be nice.
  • Work out every day for my mental(primary reason) and physical (secondary/vanity reason) health
  • run a 5 K
  • run a half-marathon
  • run a marathon
  • avoid any fun runs or obstacle courses or anything that requires paint, fairy dust or mud hitting any part of my person
  • read 52 books (ya heard me, self. do this thing. there was a time in which a book a week was childsplay. Now literal childsplay has usurped me reading time)
jan 5 2015 ∞
jan 6 2015 +
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  • dancing and dinner with a Romany (gypsy) family in Romania
  • paragliding over Neuschwanstein Castle south of Munich
  • roadside chai near New Delhi
  • getting trapped inside nepal cut off from all communication (cell phone, email, etc.) when the king closed the borders and shut down phone lines (02/05)
  • running into an old friend from India on the streets in Budapest
  • camping on the banks of the ganges
  • Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam - most beautiful and otherworldly place I've been
  • stumbling upon a buddhist monastery outside of Hue by scooter - the trees sounded like wind chimes as we approached
  • sharing chai and rice at a sikh community centre center near agra
  • after having been mildly assaulted by a drunk serbian war vet on the train to belg...
jun 25 2007 ∞
jul 15 2007 +