Dog dramas, kid conundrums, my own health hobblements (lingering costochondritis).
A depressing election result and ever-more-depressing as the coalition of cut-backs moves into delivery (or de-delivery... livery?).
Speaking of awards: best gig of the year was Black Belt Eagle Scout w/ Mount Eerie at the end of September. The official billing was BBES was supporting Mount Eerie, but BBES was who I was excited about and they didn't disappoint (despite being limited to a two piece due to the cost of gigging crisis). And then said two-piece formed the backing band for Mount Eerie (normally just Phil Elverum) and they rocked out way more than I expected.
Also, pour one out for Dive, just one more Dunedin venue to fall by the wayside.
So Late in the Day by Claire Keegan (standalone short story, audiobook) - I loved Foster. I liked Small Things Like These. But So Late in the Day wasn't for me. It's a short story. Why is it a standalone book? It's not enough. It's too on the nose. It needs to be surrounded by sibling stories that complement and contrast and round off some of the nosey edges.
The Bell by Iris Murdock (novel, audiobook) - Loved it.
Jewish Space Lasers by Mike Rothschild (non-fiction, audiobook)
The Rachel Incident by Caroline O'Donoghue (novel, audiobook)