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Winter '19 in Review

Dat’s right. It’s a new thing, where I spend more time on the Internet than I already do, and bring you the season’s best in music, literature, poetry, YouTube, and whatever it is that seems to interest me anymore. Also, in my head, winter ends as soon as February begins, so forgive me if you’re reading this and it’s still freezing.

Let us begin.

Music

Couple new genres explored. In December, I came across TwoSet on YouTube, and now I feel like I’ve been following their content for years. Because of that, I’ve exposed myself to a lot of classical music lately. I pretty much listen only to classical music when I’m by myself these days, to be honest. I also tried to learn to play Moonlight Sonata and Chopin, which unfortunately for me, is batsh*t crazy hard.

Classical music aside, I also listened to a lot of lofi music, and jazzhop, which I have been a fan of for a while, but I was never really into it until now. Like always, I definitely strayed away from mainstream pop music (in all languages), and I found myself listening to Dutch and French rap more than listening to Justin Bieber’s Yummy (which I still haven’t listened to fully). Listeners beware; if you’re going to listen to my winter playlist, please don’t put it on shuffle, cause you could be listening to piano music one minute and the dulcet tones of Cartier the next.

Literature

I read too many books this winter.

No, that’s a lie. I read like five. And all of them in the last two weeks.

I didn’t read enough in 2019. I’m not gonna lie. I feel like a barely read anything. So this year, I’m doing the Reading Challenge on Goodreads and I’m gonna read 50 books or more. Given that I’ve already read like five books, and given that I keep this level of enthusiasm for the entire year, I should be good.

I’ve picked up Science Fiction again after a long, dry spell with no sort of fiction books on my shelf. It’s refreshing to read a good work of sci-fi and feels its effects afterwards. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, Dark Matter and Recursion by Blake Crouch, all wonderful examples of what good science fiction is like.

Also, follow me on Goodreads, I post a ton of reviews and ratings on books I’ve read!

Poetry

Winter hasn’t been the most stress-free time I could have hoped for, but it was certainly the most eye-opening ones. As another academic year is coming to a close, I get closer and closer to a world where none of the safety and comfort I currently have will exist. It’s easy to think we have things in control, when in fact we’re all just sailing along the tide, dancing to the universe’s rhythm. And so, I’d like to end this winter with an E.E. Cummings poem that I already put up on my blog, but is worth repeating:

O sweet spontaneous
earth how often have
the
doting

             fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched
and
poked

thee
,has the naughty thumb
of science prodded
thy

        beauty      how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and

buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
gods
         (but
true

to the incomparable
couch of death thy
rhythmic
lover

             thou answerest


them only with

                              spring)

As always, the earth will answer the cold, grey winter, only with spring.

By Udita Gowdety

I read books with the jacket off.

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