The Rise of the Nation-State

Given our primal tribalism, city-states make a whole lot more sense as a political unit than these far flung nation-states of today. 
The internet somewhat countermands this, but I care for my local community and not at all for BFE upper nowheresville or lower burbistan. 
Central governments have broader reach and more avenues of control than ever before and there are significant advantages to nation-scale so I don’t see going back to pre modern times at any point in my lifetime unless central authority entirely breaks down. 

Content I’ve Absorbed This Year

.. an ongoing series. All ratings 1-5, integers only. 

Books:

  • Underground Airlines – 5
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – 4
  • Dark Matter – 2
  • The Last One – 3 (first 1/3rd = 5/5, then 2/5 for remainder)
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another – 1
  • Natural History – 3
  • The Water Knife 5
  • Kill Process – 2
  • Flash Boys (audio) – 3
  • The Tipping Point (audio) – 3
  • Misbehaving (audio) – 3
  • Writing the Movie -4
  • Writing Great Fiction (audio) – 4
  • Slaughterhouse Five – 5 (audio)
  • Secrets of Story (audio) – 4
  • Legion (I am Bob) – 2
  • Dialogue (audio) – 4
  • All Systems Red (murderbot 1) – 3
  • Three body problem – 2
  • Shakespeare (lecture series, audio) – 5
  • The Iliad (lecture, audio) – 5
  • The fifth season – 
  • Adventures in the screen trade – 4

 

Comics

  • Black Monday Murders (ep 1-4) – 5
  • Y the Last Man (whole series) – 4 
  • Wicked & Divine (TP1-4): 3
  • The Beauty (TP 1-2) – 3 (completely diff series 1-6 compared to 7-11)
  • Shutter (1-22) – 3
  • Trees (TP 1-2) – 3
  • Revival (whole series) – 4
  • East of West (TP 4-6) – 5
  • Ancestor – 4
  • Paper Girls (1-10)
  • Throwaways (1-8) –
  • The Vision (vol 1-2) – 5
  • Black Panther – 2
  • Chew (full series) – 5
  • The Beauty (TP 1-2) – 4
  • Pretty Deadly (TP 1–2) – 4 
  • The Fix (1-9) – 5
  • Sex Criminals (1-15) – 3
  • Animosity (1-4) – 4
  • The discipline – 2
  • Lazarus (-26) –
  • Kim&Kim (vol 1) –
  • The goddamned (vol 1) –
  • The best we could do – 3
  • My favorite thing is monsters – 
  • The interview – 
  • Saga, Walking Dead, Lazarus, Southern Bastards, Bitch Planet

 Movies & TV

  • La La Land – 3
  • Hidden Figures – 4
  • The Expanse (season 1 & 2) – 4 
  • Edge of Seventeen – 4
  • Kubo & the Two Strings – 4
  • Tootsie – 4
  • Big Little Lies – 1
  • Arrival – 4
  • Temple Grandin – 3
  • Sherlock season 4 – 2
  • It (miniseries) – 2
  • The Leftovers (season 1) – 
  • Project Anthropoid – 5
  • Handmaid’s Tale – 4
  • Patriot – 
  • Twin Peaks – 
  • Casablanca – 5 but I still think bogart was wrong choice

Screenplays

  • Die Hard – 5
  • Django Unchained – 4
  • Silence of the Lambs – 2
  • Million Dollar Baby – 5
  • Shawshank Redemption – 4
  • Body Heat – 3
  • Tinker Tailor – 3
  • Bourne Identity – 4
  • Anatomy of a Murder – 
  • Alien – 3 lots of vision to make it a Movie
  • Casablanca – 5

Not listed: news, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and Twitter FAKENEWS