The Consumption!

I thought it might be cool to start perhaps a weekly / bi- weekly / monthly?? (dunno, still sussing this out) blog post about the books I’m reading, podcasts I’m listening to, music I’m obsessing over, etc. (you get the idea).

I have been doing a lot of podcast-listening these days. Perhaps it’s an escapist thing given the current fuckery of the world. Not perhaps. That’s definitely it. Especially given the nature of the media I am consuming on the daily. Aliens. Bigfoot. Skinwalkers. Werewolves. Witchcraft. Mothman. GIMME ALL THE CRYPTO.

15056461_921266268008118_746865614269243038_n

Example: A handsewn Mothman patch I sent to my friend Angela

Current podcasts in heavy rotation:

bizarrestates_feat

I love this misfit podcast. Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser highjack a corner of Nerdist studios and talk about weird shit, current events, bodily functions, and Junior Mints. They are at times irreverent and aimless, but I don’t mean that in a negative way. It’s refreshing to hear people sit around and bullshit about subjects that some people take far too seriously. It reminds me of my friends and I in high school and college lounging around and discussing theories and possibilities of the universe.

podcast

Recent obsession

The above, Astonishing Legends, I have been binging for the past week. They just wrapped up a four-part series about the Mothman. They also introduced me to the stories of Skinwalker Ranch. I am really surprised I had never heard of this place and the lore surrounding it, but I am now on a mission to read all the books referenced throughout the episodes about it. Speaking of books, this podcast is really great at sprinkling in really great reading suggestions for all-things-weird-obsessed folks like myself. Do check them out. I am also planning to start donating to their Patreon page which can be found here.

Current books I have lined up are in the same ilk as the above mentioned content (all of which I bought recently at a book sale to benefit the Mt. Wood Cemetery in Wheeling, WV).

facebook_event_1848768338671805-e1478099565563

Mt. Wood Cemetery photo from Facebook event page

dscn0056

Love Stephen King and this is a classic I didn’t have. Finally gonna get to read The Mist!

dscn0057

Alien abduction. Need I say more?

dscn0055

My friend Matt spotted this one. This is the real deal, y’all. (see below)

dscn0060

Just in case…

dscn0061

Thank god. I’ve always wondered.

Cool. This was fun!

Advertisements

Stomp and see

Things are finding me. Which is pleasant. I’ve always been a Romantic like that. I’m open.

Picked up this Walt Whitman bio from Caliban bookstore in Pittsburgh a couple months ago. I was drawn to it. Green is my favorite color. Thick books make me salivate. When I opened the cover I saw the lovely drawing and I was certain I wouldn’t regret the purchase. Was never deep into Whitman, though I am cognizant that he is a spirit that has followed me throughout my teenage and adult life. Figured I should start following him in return. A mutual soul-stalking if you will.

13509624_10154206284016897_1582309295_o

13523748_10154206284166897_807764101_o

First edition, 1926

Walt is encouraging my inner wanderer. She’s always been there, but I’m sure she could use a hell of a lot more breathing room. Less anxiety and worry. Less pressure. Kicking against the pricks.

I walk every day during my lunch break. Sometimes I have lovely company, sometimes I go it alone. An hour doesn’t seem like a very long time for introspection and observation. I suppose it depends on what you do with that hour. It can go really fast. It can slowly drag on. Time is relative like that (that’s right, I said it. Throw your watch on the fire…maybe, that’s a little hasty, but whatever).

What things can you see in an hour? Where can you go? Just wander aimlessly. It’s freeing. Crank some tunes and find out! Walked an old familiar way, but I managed to see new things.

(MusicĀ of choice this gloomy afternoon is Mitski’s new album “Puberty 2″…exquisite, by the way, holy hell).

Erika_12JKT EPS_r3

Today’s soundtrack.

13499925_10154206283876897_2098094555_o

An eye in an alleyway. Big Brother is watching; maybe some less sinister like Mr. Walt Whitman from the Great Beyond.

13509638_10154206283396897_650249033_o

View through a fence through the trees of an old and mossy bridge.

13509709_10154206282241897_471130125_o

An old skateboard abandoned in the back of a discarded truck bed lining. And my feet.

13524049_10154206281311897_1928828446_o

Beautiful GREEN moss on the tree near the skateboard scene. Everything’s coming up green.

13518144_10154206282921897_1778866579_o

Geese on the move.

13517933_10154206280426897_438097974_o

Groundhog #1

13509415_10154206280216897_1711973866_o

He thought this camouflage maneuver was sneaky.

13499950_10154206280071897_2045814907_o

I didn’t know this notebook changed color in the heat.

I sat by the water for a bit and watched a playful Chihuahua wearing a bandana chase his tail in the grass. His owner, a thin, older man, gleamed just as much joy as I did from watching the little turd having the time of his life. I smiled as I walked back to work. Vibes in the air, y’all.