While 2020 wasn’t a great reading year for me, it has been a terrific anime year. I finished up my 14th series today and have a few more lined up to close out December. I considered alternating between live action and anime, but the last Netflix series I watched shit the narrative bed in explosive diarrhea-like fashion in its finale and I have no desire to invest my time on another massive disappointment. Maybe I should also consider looking into some of the latest comic book titles. It has been a while. I’ve also had a hankering for an epic scifi read. Something along the lines of Iain M. Banks’ Culture series or Michael Flynn’s Wreck of the River of Stars. Many of the more recent “space epics” I have read have disappointed, even (especially) those critical darlings. So, any recommendations?
In Toronto, we’re in what’s been referred to as a “Grey Lockdown”, a perfectly appropriate naming given that nothing is clear or seems to be based on actual science-based evidence. From what I understand, gyms, barbers, hair salons, and small business are closed. Restaurants are only open for delivery. Big box stores are open because, I guess, they slip more money into local political coffers. Large assemblies are to be avoided at all costs. Unless, of course, we’re talking about schools in which case just go ahead and pack ’em in. Meanwhile, somewhere in the city, covidiots are losing their shit because they aren’t being allowed to eat brisket indoors.
I think we can all agree that, for the most part, western nations have really dropped the ball during this pandemic. It’s just been one long, extended screw-up across the political spectrum. At the end of the day, it hasn’t affected my hermit-like existence, but I feel the need to state the obvious. And, by the looks of things, it’s just going to get worse between now and February of next year.
Stay safe! Wear your masks! And keep taking your vitamin D!
Answers to yesterday’s mascot quiz:
1.E, 2.B, 3.D, 4.I, 5.A, 6.J, 7.C, 8.G, 9.H, 10.F