Attended a Ray Lamontagne concert – acoustic, excellent songwriting, material is bluesy and a little dark, great show.
Attended a talk by Louise Penny, author of the Inspecteur Gamache novels set in the province of Québec on the border with the state of Vermont – unassuming, funny, great stories, interesting way of mapping out in advance the whole series
the movie Burning (South Korean, won an award at the Cannes Festival and is Korea’s submission at the Oscars) – good storytelling, probably could have done it in 90 minutes rather than two hours;
the Netflix series The Mechanism (inspired from a real case in Brazil that I was familiar with) and Narcos Mexico (no real character development);
Started last season of House of Cards – won’t finish it (no movement on the plot; too much navel-gazing). I can’t recommend enough the excellent original House of Cards by the BBC.
Finished reading Jean Chrétien’s Mes histoires (in French), Dani Shapiro’s memoir Hourglass, and Charles Krauthammer’s Things that matter;
I didn’t finish Marilynne Robinson’s What are we doing here? – the topics were attractive but the treatment is laborious and clunky;
Currently reading an academic thinkfest on Charles Taylor edited by Ruth Abbey and Amsterdam by Russell Shorto – excellent writing, he really draws you in. A recommendation from my friend Einar while we were visiting him and his family in… Amsterdam. He also recommended The island at the center of the world by the same author.
Started an online course on Diego Velazquez offered by Museo del Prado in Madrid.