Media diet for Q4 2018


Ones I “really liked” (no star), or “loved” (star):

  • Dark Souls ★
    • The first “soulslike” I’ve played. It has its flaws, and it’s not as relentlessly fun as (say) Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey, but I found it pretty awe-inspiring, and I can see why it has been so influential. I’m tempted to write at length about what’s so great about Dark Souls, but of course that’s been done hundreds of times since its release in 2011, so if you’re curious I’ll just point you to these four video essaysDark Souls isn’t the very best video game experience I’ve had, 1 but it is probably the one that feels most profound.
  • Guacamelee!
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Diablo III
  • Hollow Knight ★
    • One of the best Metroidvanias.


This time I made a Spotify playlist for everything below (that’s on Spotify).

Music I most enjoyed discovering this quarter:

Had completely forgotten about, now rediscovered and really liked:

Why so many re-discoveries this quarter? I’m listening through the history of rock music again and constructing this playlist along the way. Many great albums aren’t listed above because I hadn’t forgotten about them.


Ones I “really liked” (no star), or “loved” (star):

  • Jenkins: Private Life (2018)
  • Ricciardi & Demos: Making a Murderer, season 2 (2018)
  • Soderbergh: Unsane (2018)
  • Israel: Keep the Change (2017)
  • Various: Better Call Saul, season 4 (2018) ★
  • Lanthimos: The Favourite (2018) ★


  • [none]

Old favorites

Discovered long ago…

  • Book: Ending Medical Reversal by Vinay Prasad & Adam Cifu
  • Music: “Nose-List Song” by Michael Nyman
  • Movie/TV: Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio De Sica
  • Game: Homeworld by Relic Entertainment
  1. That honor might go to SMB3Homeworld, or Breath of the Wild.[]


  1. Mathias says

    I’m interested in hearing what lead you to not read any books this quarter. Now I’m not much of a literature reader myself, but I found great value in audio books which has allowed me to churn through 2-3 books per quarter. Have you tried audio books, if so what is your opinion?

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