Reading: Finished ARISTOTLE’S WAY: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life and it was just meh. On the one hand it was nice to get back to a classic thinker that I really enjoyed reading in college. On the other hand there was just too much modernizing going on. It was Aristotle-as-life coach with a dash of the liberal elitism that is the telos of most modern self-help books. I kept waiting for something deeper to come out but it was just a cursory overview of his thinking with plenty of platitudes and pop psychology. Oh well, if nothing else it has motivated me to go back to the source material, so it wasn’t a total loss.
Watching: I REMEMBER YOU- Icelandic ghost story combined with just enough Nordic noir to make it perfect for a foggy morning viewing.
The film, based on a novel of the same name by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, tells of the entwining fates of three victims of horrible, and perhaps otherworldly, misfortune. This type of film is totally in my wheelhouse and I strongly recommend it. (Unless of course you can’t handle subtitles. But, really, you should be able to handle subtitles. You’re missing out on so many great films otherwise.)
Went to see a one day theatrical showing of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN with my 13-year-old for the anniversary of D Day. It’s been over 20 years since I have seen it on the big screen and it really does hold up. Gut-wrenching cinematic experience, but one that I think is important to pass on to the next generation. Sparked some great conversations later that night.
Listening: GAETIR THE MOUNTAINKEEPER – Ritual / Norse ambient channeling of the Old mythos. Inspired by mythology, ancestral life & Nordic landscape. So cool.