Good Things: December

December 31, 2017


Joanna Goddard’s Man Repeller interview – Being a longtime reader of both Cup of Jo and Man Repeller, it’s fun to see favorite worlds colliding.  I love this meaty piece on the blogger, whom I’ve always appreciated for her honesty, and this quote she references from Hugh MacKay is a gem:

Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much… I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness.” Ask yourself, “is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.

I’ve been thinking a lot about wholeness of the human experience this month, and that leads me to my next Good Thing…

Call Me By Your Name (pictured above) – I can’t get this movie out of my head.  It manages to capture the exuberance and ennui of a fleeting youthful summer so wonderfully, and then it delivers a message about wholeness that really hit me where I live.  It’s a lovely romance that leaves your heart really full.

Wormwood – This new documentary series from Errol Morris is streaming on Netflix tells the compelling mystery story enacted by Peter Sarsgaard.  In 1953, Frank Olsen fell to his death from a hotel window.  His family was told it was a suicide, but the circumstances of the event have remained mysterious until years later, when CIA information was declassified, leading Olsen’s son Eric down a path of uncovering government secrets.  The show is gorgeously shot and feels incredibly intimate.

I have a couple of scheduled posts ahead but will be taking a little hiatus from blogging to spend some time with friends and family.  Hope you have a happy New Year!

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  • Reply Mary December 31, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    My bf and I binged Wormwood recently – haunting and beautiful, good rec!

    • Reply Lo January 2, 2018 at 8:56 AM

      Thanks! I still haven’t finished it, but seems so compelling!

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