Media Diary: September 2016

As noted earlier this year, I’m keeping a media diary for 2016. These are my September findings:

  • In August, I rated 15 films, 2 books, 1 play, 7 seasons of television, and 12 albums.
  • The average rating (out of 5) is 3.65, which is above average for the year.
  • By medium, books (4) has the highest rating.
  • The best of the month:
    • Film: Moonlight
    • Book: “The Imperfectionists” by Tom Rachman
    • Music: “My Woman” by Angel Olsen
    • TV: Atlanta, Season 1
    • Play: “Millennium Approaches” by Tony Kushner

As predicted from last month, my media consumption was more balanced in September than August. The fall TV season is back, which means I have more opportunities for TV over film. The other noteworthy thing is the month’s best film and TV show are explicitly about the poor black experience, done with a potent mix of surrealism and sensitivity that is unique for both modes. That’s a good thing, since I’ve seen enough sad middle aged white male protagonists for several lifetimes.

Year to date totals:

  • 145 films, 23 books, 54 seasons of television, 100 albums, and 8 plays
  • Total average: 3.49
  • Averages by medium:
    • Films: 3.38
    • Books 3.48
    • Music: 3.52
    • TV: 3.68
    • Theater: 4.11 (unchanged)