The following list includes books, comics, and TV/Movies I enjoyed this month:
I've always had a restless itch, a hole, a void, something which made me feel anxious and unsatisfied. Staying busy, active, and always moving tends to help...but it can be painfully confusing when we are moving without direction. How are we supposed to know that those last 10 miles won't have to be backtracked? Are we moving forward, moving backwards or just traversing side-to-side? Sometimes I felt it was better to not move at all, just sit and wait. Vegetate. Turn off. I've progressed and I've regressed. Over time, I've found no greater enemy than myself. See it doesn't matter how powerful or weak the outside opposition is, if one is internally struggling with the self, the battle is already lost. We are our own greatest ally and our own greatest enemy, it's up to each one of us to recognize which is which and steer things in the right direction. It's taken years and I'm still at odds with myself, but these days I compete with myself, not against myself. Opposition makes us stronger. Remove the opposition and everything comes easy and as they say, "easy come, easy goes." The wind blows and nothing opposes it. As strong as it seems in one moment, it may very well disappear and be forgotten in the next. Sure it can dances with hurricanes and tornadoes, breathe life into fires and cause great destructive force. But at the end of the day, where is the wind? Does it have a phone number, address, or even a name to be called upon? Back to that itch, for a second, if you'll bare with me and you're insistent upon reading and listening. That itch never goes away, it only grows quiet and can easily be forgotten. Like the wind, it comes when it wants, does what it needs to do, then disappears just as easily. Sometimes it gets up inside of me, and I decide to dance with is, just as chaotic..Only once it's gone, I'm the one that's behaving this way, I'm the one that has to live with the ruin. Can't blame the itch, can't blame the wind. There's no secret, no shortcut, and anyone that is offering it, especially with money involved, is hustling. And not the good sense of the word either, for to try and cheat people out of their money, when they're hungry and desperate for money.. There's a special place reserved for those people, but there's also something to be said about us, for being so foolish. So take responsibility. Do something productive and find the things that bring happiness and fulfillment. Covet those things, aye.. It's dangerous, because now we have something to protect, something we are afraid to let go of. The problem with all that "jazz" is this thing called inevitability. In the end, there will be nothing. Nothing last forever, except..NOTHING LAST FOREVER. Read that again, slowly, NOTHING. LAST. FOREVER.. That's right, an eternity of nothing. So for now enjoy this, enjoy it all, even the pain and sorrow, for to feel something at all...is to be alive and breathing. Enjoy it while it last.
As many may already know, Stephen King's The Dark Tower is an incredible series, one that cannot be recommended enough. Don't bother with the atrocious film, which tried to abridge and condense the whole series into 1.5 hours. The books are the best way to consume, but one can also enjoy the Graphic Novel version of the series. (There is a completed version, one giant book, that will be available towards the end of October). BEFORE reading The Dark Tower, I recommend reading Salem's Lot and The Stand. There are elements taken from those King books, as well as several other stories: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Choo Choo Train (yes it all sounds weird), and many more. Either way, one does not need to consume these things prior (I hadn't read Salem's Lot or The Stand), but it is recommended and can add to the enjoyment. Plus Salem's Lot will be spoiled a little in Book V: Wolves of Calla and elements of The Stand popup in Book III: The Wastelands. (Reading On Writing by King can also add to The Dark Tower, as one will feel closer to King and understand some of his character backstory and traits. A character almost wiping his ass with poison oak/ivy-like substance is borrowed from Stephen's own experience as a boy. Also some AA things more than likely reflect his own struggles and battles with Alcoholism and Addiction). The proper and recommended digestion of the Dark Tower series is as follows: Book I: The Gunslinger, Book II: The Drawing of the Three, Book III: The Waste Lands, Book IV: Wizard and Glass, Book V: Wolves of the Calla, Book VI: Song of Susannah, and Book VII: The Dark Tower. The Wind through the Keyhole is a bonus book, subsequently unnumbered, and can be digested after completing the series. One can also read it after Book III and before starting Book IV, but just know it isn't necessary to be read until completing the series. The Dark Tower is essentially Stephen King's rendition of Lord of the Rings, of course he borrows elements from other great sagas and this one is entirely his own. It spans across several years, as he certainly took his time piecing this story together. There is definitely growth too. The Gunslinger, is raw, written earlier in Kings career. The main characters feels like a ruthless, cold, calculated, obsessed killing machine. However, once one gets past that first book, the story will continue to build layers and depth to the overall story as well as our main character. Book IV: Wizard and Glass, has one of the most fun origin stories to Roland (the MC). Book III: The Waste Lands is the only story I struggled to get through, for only a few chapters/parts, as I didn't understand why were focusing on this character and going back to this place, but one must trust in King and understand he always ties everything together. There are no loose ends. Anyways, I feel my tangent and pace receding. I may do a proper post once I complete the series and maybe after digesting The Stand, Salem's Lot and then consuming the Graphic Novel version. But for now I wanted to start a blog and here it is. So feel free to visit anytime. I'll share across social media when I make post.