Leon's weekly 'rap' – 15 October 2021

man standing in front of his bookshelf

Getting this one in a little early. I'm off for the weekend. Heading into the city to check out the Flash Forward 'exhibition'. Vic Govt has employed a heap of artists (who would otherwise be out of work) to repaint Melbourne's vaunted alleyways. If you're a follower of this 'column', you'll know how much I've been craving an art fix, and to head to a gallery. Well, what better gallery than the city of Melbourne? Can you tell I'm excited?

I'm also excited to share this weeks 'Rap' with you. Here goes ...

The best show I watched this week
Atypical. A great series about an autistic kid getting along in a neurotypical world. The family is troubled but intriguing. The writing is brilliant, entertaining, funny but serious when it needs to be. Great characters and probably the only time I've taken Michael Rappaport seriously as an actor. Give it a go. It's on Netflix.

The book I'm reading right now
Still going on Robbie Krieger's bio, but re-reading Places That Scare You – A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron and Myths of Greece and Rome by H.A. Guerber. The Pema Chodron book is one everyone should read.

Most interesting thing I read on Wikipedia
Samuel Pepys – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Pepys

Lately, I've been actively making daily 'journal' entries. Nothing like Mr Pepys, whose diaries kept from 1660-1669 are now historically important records of life during the English Restoration period and a first-hand account of the Great Plague of London among other major events. My aunty-in-law gave me the diaries and for some reason lately, I've been more interested in such works. David Sedaris is another now-famous journal-keeper. I've just got a copy of his latest book and I'll let you know what it's like soon.

Music discovery
This is not a new discovery but a rediscovery and one I want to share with you all. Antony and the Johnsons I am a Bird Now is a great album and this guy's voice is truly awesome. I love it. Again, this album and all the others go well with a glass of red or two fingers of Scotch or spiced rum, paired with a bath or dim lighting. If it's raining this weekend, you have the perfect opportunity to drown in this amazing album. Here's a taste:

Best quote I heard or read this week
Again, not one I first heard this week, but my all-time favourite quote.

"What matters most is how well you walk through the fire." ~ Charles Bukowski.

What's the most poignant quote you've heard?

Food I most enjoyed this week
Luke's Special. I don’t expect you to know it, but it's a tiger banh mi with BBQ pork and pork belly roll with whole spring onion, cucumber, chilli, carrot, coriander, peanuts, and fried shallots. I'm eating one right now. So, so very good.

banh mi roll 

Favourite article on the YLC website this week
Well, I have to say Lucy Patarcic's article Masturbation – is it good for you? I especially enjoyed the history of guilt associated with the act. Interesting reading, indeed.

Best article I read on the web
How to be a man – by Andrew Reiner on Psyche

Thing I am most grateful for right now
My studio. My retirement plan involves having a drawing room style 'studio' with four walls of floor-ceiling-bookshelves, the old desk, old drafting table, a chesterfield and standard planet lamps. I have been collecting books since I was very young and have managed to curate quite a collection. I love books. I've also ticked off the old desk – I have a WWII desk from the Fort Nepean and I have four desktop planet lamps but still need the standard lamp and chesterfield. Then once I retire, my aim is to read every book I own. Simple pleasures. Right now, my studio is my haven, my workplace and my creative space. 

What's your retirement dream? What's your favourite book? Or is that too tough to answer?

What I wish I could be doing that I can't do right now
Wondering in the city. Talking to a bartender. Sitting on the lawn in front of the State Library. Hoping to tick two of those off this weekend. We'll see.

What are you missing most right now?

Feel like sharing? Go on, I dare you!

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The best show I watched this week

   Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale - Penguin Books Australia Such fine acting in lighthearted comedy

Love that movie Suze! Amazingly based on a true story, too! The lives some people lead, eh?

Thing I am most grateful for right now