Now that I've had a chance to rewatch The Rise of Skywalker a couple times, I feel comfortable ranking the films. Posting it here for posterity:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Rogue One
  3. The Force Awakens
  4. Return Of The Jedi
  5. A New Hope
  6. Solo
  7. The Rise Of Skywalker
  8. The Last Jedi
  9. Attack Of The Clones
  10. Revenge Of The Sith
  11. The Phantom Menace

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I’ve consumed a lot of “how to lead remotely" content lately (for obvious reasons) and so much of it boils down to:

  • acknowledging humanity
  • meeting your reports where they are
  • demonstrating empathy
  • active listening

So, like… what were leaders doing before last week?

Liz Phair: Horror Stories

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If you were expecting a linear memoir, or “here’s what happened the night I wrote ‘Flower,’ you’re going to be a bit disappointed. Phair abandons the linear format that plagues many otherwise interesting memoirs and instead presents a series of stories that seek to answer the question “why are you like this?”

She's always direct, never pulling punches, even when she's shining a light on her own behavior. She never apologizes, but rather presents her truth and leaves interpretation up to the reader.

Being a huge fan of her discography isn't required to enjoy this book; in fact, she devotes vanishingly few pages to it. Most of the musical discussion that is present in the book focuses on the aftermath of her 2003 self-titled record, and how exhausting and uncomfortable her brush with pop stardom felt for her. It never comes off as pity-seeking, but rather "these were the consequences of choices I made."

Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary

Bought myself a belated Christmas gift: the 3LP reissue of Wolf Parade’s “Apologies to the Queen Mary.” Sub Pop knocked it out of the park on this package: the remastered album on 2 LPs, a third that collects the EPs that led up to the record’s release, plus a heartfelt essay from Sean Michaels (of Said The Gramophone fame).

At a time when every new indie band either seemed to be from Canada or have “Wolf” in their name, these guys stood out and created a record that aged better than any of the other Blog Rock records of the early 2000s (yes, that includes “Funeral”). Simultaneously urgent and timeless, it’s a minor classic.