I’ve been doing a lot of ranting here recently. Actually, I do a lot of ranting in real life, too. But I am also capable of feeling joy! No, really. Here are some things that are currently making me happy.
1. Dear Science by TV on the Radio. This is the best album I’ve heard in a long time. It’s a little bit talking Heads, a little bit Sufjan Stevens, and it is totally freaking awesome. It’s impossible to walk down the street listening to ‘Golden Age’ on an iPod without strutting. This song makes me so happy. As does its deadly video:
2. This story about Kristin Pass, a girl with Down’s Syndrome who was chosen as Homecoming Queen by fellow students in her Texas high school. Over on Jezebel, some commenters wondered whether Kirstin was the victim of a vile Carrie-esque prank, but from the comments by those who know the town it really seems like this was a genuinely nice gesture of affection and support that made Kristin very happy.
3. Stomping around in winter boots. I plan to buy these ones tomorrow and march through some leaves.
4. There’s a new Philip Reeve book! And it is very funny and charming, and anyone with an appreciation for vintage children’s fiction and/or steam-powered spaceships will love it. Reeve is the author of the best kids/young adult/whatever books written over the last decade, the Mortal Engines Quartet, which are emotionally and morally complex, very funny, very moving, and feature one of the greatest, most fucked-up anti-heroines ever. They also feature cities that move around on caterpillar wheels and “devour” other cities as part of a social system known as Municipal Darwinism, and are set in probably the best-realised fictional universe I’ve ever encountered. Why is turgid Philip Pullman both hailed as a genius and a huge bestseller and no one (well, outside all the people who’ve given him awards) seems to know about Philip Reeve? He deserves to be a household name. It is a mystery. But he is brilliant, and the new book is entertaining me greatly.
5: These pictures.
6. New winter knitting projects. Last night I started this jumper by Wendy Bernard from her excellent book Custom Knits (sorry about the dodgy quality of the image, it was the only pic of the jumper I could find online.
So what about you? What is cheering you on this miserable October afternoon?