Happy Saturday good people! I’ve been watching different Viking shows – Vikings, Vikings: Valhalla and The Last Kingdom. They are very Nordic and very Saxon. To take a break from all of the berserker violence I decided to try out Abbott Elementary. It’s a show about public school teachers in the vein of other great mockumentaries – The Office and Parks and Recreation. The school is set in Philadelphia and it’s understaffed and underfunded with an array of teachers with different and sometimes clashing personalities. There’s the young idealistic teacher, the older wiser not necessarily into mentoring teacher, the wide eyed substitute and the clueless principal, just to name a few. They all teach from the heart – well, except for the principal. Janine, is the idealistic teacher we follow and she’s played by the shows creator, Quinta Brunson. It’s cute and funny but since I have a soft spot for teachers, I find it a bit sad that it’s probably more fact than fiction. It’s on ABC but also on Hulu.
As far as reading goes – I’ve been on a Neal Stephenson kick lately – or was. I read SevenEves which was really good, but I started Termination Shock and it’s kind of a slog to get through. I like world building and a lot of it is interesting in a real world disaster kind of way, but there’s so much exposition that I don’t know if I can finish it.
From Good Reads:
Neal Stephenson’s sweeping, prescient new novel transports readers to a near-future world where the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics.
One man has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity should it be applied?
Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, Termination Shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming. Ultimately, it asks the question: Might the cure be worse than the disease?
Hannibal mentioned a podcast called Old Gods of Appalachia that sounded intriguing so I’ve been listening to that. It’s really good if you like Lovecraftian horror and mountain accents. My only complaint is that the episodes are too short. The intro theme really sets the vibe for the southern gothic storytelling. You can listen to the podcast through Youtube.
So, family – what’s keeping you entertained this week?