I decided to track a Steven Soderbergh-esque media diet that focused on the books, televisions, movies, video games, and podcasts that I consumed over the past year. I chose these media because they contained a full story or an important section of a story. This lists only contains media I finished consuming and doesn’t have any media I quit partway through. The “S” at the end of each television show stands for a complete season consumed. The podcasts on this list are self-contained stories. This doesn’t include the many podcasts I listen to weekly. Overall, I watched 41 films, 51 seasons/arcs of television series, and read 62 books.

Date Medium Title Year Author/ Director/ Artist
1/8/17 Film Captain America: Civil War 2016 Joe and Anthony Russo
1/19/17 Book Strong Motion 1992 Jonathan Franzen
1/21/17 Book Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most 2014 Marcus Borg
1/27/17 Televison Maron S4 2016 Marc Maron
1/28/17 Book Imperial 2014 George Bilgere
1/30/17 Book The Long Goodbye 1953 Raymond Chandler
2/2/17 Television Gilmore Girls S1 2000 Amy Sherman-Palladino
2/4/17 Film Hot Fuzz 2007 Edgar Wright
2/6/17 Book In Between Days 2012 Andrew Porter
2/11/17 Television Gilmore Girls S2 2002 Amy Sherman-Palladino
2/12/17 Book The People in the Trees 2013 Hanya Yanagahara
2/13/17 Book Transforming Citizenships: Transgender Articulations of the Law 2013 Isaac West
2/20/17 Book The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation 2015 Daniel Wanzer-Serrano
2/23/17 Book The Vegetarian 2007 Han Kang
2/26/17 Book Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970: Feminism’s Pivotal Year on Network News 2014 Bonnie Dow
2/28/17 Television Gilmore Girls S3 2003 Amy Sherman-Palladino
3/4/17 Film Get Out 2017 Jordan Peele
3/6/17 Film Doctor Strange 2016 Scott Derrickson
3/7/17 Album Care 2017 David Bazan
3/9/17 Television Party Down S1 2009 Thomas, Rudd, Etheridge, Enbom
3/21/17 Book The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship 2016 Robert Hariman & John Lucates
3/24/17 Film Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children 2016 Tim Burton
3/25/17 Film Ghostbusters 2016 Paul Fieg
3/25/17 Film Jurassic Park 1995 Steven Spielberg
3/27/17 Book Igniting The Internet: Youth and Activism in Postauthoritarian South Korea 2016 Jiyeon Kang
3/28/17 Television Gilmore Girls S4 2004 Amy Sherman-Palladino
3/30/17 Film Indie Game: The Movie 2012 Lisa Pajot, James Swirsky
3/30/17 Album Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset 2017 Richard Edwards
3/31/17 Film They Live By Night 1948 Nicolas Ray
4/1/17 Podcast S-Town 2017 This American Life
4/1/17 Book The Goldfinch 2013 Donna Tartt
4/3/17 Book Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture 2014 Raka Shome
4/8/17 Film Gremlins 1984 Joe Dante
4/10/17 Book Gendered Asylum 2016 Sara McKinnon
4/10/17 Book On Purpose 2016 Paul Froese
4/12/17 Television Gilmore Girls S5 2005 Amy Sherman-Palladino
4/13/17 Television Louis CK 2017 2017 Louis C.K.
4/15/17 Book It’s Complicated 2014 danah boyd
4/16/17 Film Lights Out 2016 David Sandberg
4/17/17 Book Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel, and Environmental Justice 2007 Phaedra Pezzullo
4/20/17 Book Saga, Vol. 7 2017 Brian Vaughn
4/22/17 Film Everybody Wants Some!! 2016 Richard Linklater
4/23/17 Television Gilmore Girls S6 2006 Amy Sherman-Palladino
4/23/17 Book Queer Migration Politics 2013 Karma Chavez
4/24/17 Book Annihilation 2014 Jeff Vandermeer
4/28/17 Television Gilmore Girls S7 2007 Amy Sherman-Palladino
4/29/17 Television Party Down S2 2010 Thomas, Rudd, Etheridge, Enbom
4/30/17 Television Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life 2016 Amy Sherman-Palladino
4/30/17 Television Samurai Gourmet S1 2017 Masayuki Kusumi
5/3/17 Television Slasher S1 2016 Aaron Martin
5/4/17 Book A Long Way Gone 2007 Ishmael Baeh
5/4/17 Television Crashing S1 2017 Judd Apatow & Pete Holmes
5/5/17 Book Spreadable Media 2013 Henry Jenkins
5/6/17 Television This Is Us S1 2017 Dan Fogelman
5/14/17 Film Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 Robert Zemeckis
5/15/17 Film Gentleman Broncos 2009 Jared Hess
5/17/17 Television Iron Fist S1 2017 Gil Kane & Roy Thomas
5/17/17 Book Hollywood, The Dream Factory 1950 Hortense Powdermaker
5/19/17 Television Master of None S2 2017 Aziz Ansari
5/19/17 Book The Television Will Be Revolutionized 2014 Amanda D. Lotz
5/22/17 Film Manchester By The Sea 2016 Kenneth Lonergan
5/26/17 Television The Keepers S1 2017 Ryan White
5/28/17 Book Your Name 2016 Makoto Shinkai
5/30/17 Television Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King 2017 Hasan Minhaj
6/2/17 Book Paper Girls: Vol 1 2016 Brian Vaughan
6/3/17 Book Paper Girls: Vol 2 2017 Brian Vaughan
6/8/17 Book The Field of Cultural Production 1993 Pierre Bourdieu
6/8/17 Television Love S2 2017 Judd Apatow
6/9/17 Book Portals: A Treatise on Internet-Distributed Television 2017 Amanda D. Lotz
6/10/17 Television It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia S1 2005 Charlie Day & Rob McElhenney
6/11/17 Book Men Without Women 2017 Haruki Murakami
6/12/17 Television Sarah Silverman: Speck of Dust 2017 Sarah Silverman
6/19/17 Television Flaked S2 2017 Will Arnett & Mark Chappell
6/23/17 Book ESPN: The Making Of A Sports Media Empire 2015 Travis Vogan
6/26/17 Television Silicon Valley S4 2017 Judge, Krinsky, Altschuler
6/28/17 Book Producing Public Television, Producing Public Culture 1998 Barry Dornfeld
7/1/17 Television Twin Peaks S1 1990 David Lynch
7/2/17 Book Here I Am 2016 Jonathan Safran Foer
7/3/17 Book Batman: The Killing Joke 1988 Alan Moore
7/7/17 Movie Trolls 2016 Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell
7/10/17 Book The Politics of Cultural Work 2007 Mark Banks
7/10/17 Movie Mulholland Drive 2001 David Lynch
7/11/17 Television Glow S1 2017 Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch
7/11/17 Movie The Babadook 2014 Jennifer Kent
7/16/17 Television It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia S2 2006 Charlie Day & Rob McElhenney
7/16/17 Book The Underground Railroad 2016 Colson Whitehead
7/17/17 Television Trailer Park Boys S6 2006 Mike Clattenburg
7/18/17 Book Global Television Marketplace 2006 Tim Havens
7/19/17 Movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 2001 Chris Columbus
7/21/17 Movie Moana 2016 Ron Clements and Jon Musker
7/21/17 Movie Most Likely To Die 2015 Anthony DiBlasi
7/23/17 Book Angle of Yaw 2006 Ben Lerner
7/25/17 Movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 Chris Columbus
7/26/17 Video Game Final Fantasy XV 2016 Square Enix
7/26/17 Movie Logan 2016 James Mangold
7/26/17 Book The Orphan Master’s Son 2012 Adam Johnson
7/31/17 Television Halt and Catch Fire S1 (didn’t finish) 2014 Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers
8/2/17 Book Haunted: An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries 2016 Sylvia Martin
8/12/17 Movie Annabel: Creation 2017 David Sandberg
8/16/17 Television Insecure S1 2016 Issa Rae
8/18/17 Book The Blessing: A Memoir 2002 Gregory Orr
8/19/17 Television Ozarks S1 2017 Bill Dubuque
8/22/17 Television The Defenders 2017 Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez
8/23/17 Book Everything Bad is Good For You 2005 Steve Johnson
8/24/17 Book The Handmaid’s Tale 1985 Margaret Atwood
8/27/17 Television Game of Thrones S7 2017 Benioff & Weiss
8/27/17 Television Talk the Thrones S1 2017 Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, Mallory Rubin, Jason Concepcion
8/28/17 Book Capitalism and Modern Social Theory 1971 Anthony Giddens
8/29/17 Television The Tick 2017 Ben Edlund
8/30/17 Movie Professor 2010 Daniel Kraus
8/30/17 Film Death Note 2017 Adam Wingard
9/5/17 Television Marc Maron: Too Real 2017 Marc Maron
9/9/17 Film It 2017 Andrew Muschietti
9/10/17 Book Between the World and Me 2015 Ta-Nehisi Coates
9/14/17 Book Chuck Klosterman X 2017 Chuck Klosterman
9/16/17 Film Clown 2017 Eli Roth
9/17/17 Television Insecure S2 2017 Issa Rae
9/17/17 Book Ghost World 1997 Daniel Clowes
9/18/17 Film The Long Road to Decatur 2012 Peter Simonson
9/18/17 Film Out of the Question: Women, Media, and The Art of Inquiry 2012 Peter Simonson
9/20/17 Podcast The Adventure Zone: Balance 2014 The McElroy Brothers
9/21/17 Book Heroes of the Frontier 2016 Dave Eggers
9/21/17 Film The Steering Mechanism of the Ruling Class 1981 Herb Schiller
9/23/17 Film Alien 1979 Ridley Scott
10/1/17 Film Hocus Pocus 1993 Kenny Ortega
10/3/17 Book The Sin of Certainty 2016 Pete Enns
10/4/17 Book Desperate Characters 1970 Paula Fox
10/4/17 Book Political Economy of Communication 1996 Vincent Mosco
10/5/17 Television Gotham S1 2015 Bruno Heller
10/6/17 Film The Big Sick 2017 Michael Showalter
10/7/17 Film Moonlight 2016 Barry Jenkins
10/14/17 Film Wonder Woman 2017 Patty Jenkins
10/15/17 Film The Babysitter 2017 McG
10/18/17 Television American Vandal 2017 Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda
10/22/17 Book The Democratic Surround 2013 Fred Turner
10/25/17 Television Polygon: Griffin McElroy Nuzlocke Run 2016 Griffin McElroy
10/26/17 Book Meddling Kids 2017 Edgar Cantero
10/27/17 Television Stranger Things S2 2017 The Duffer Brothers
11/5/17 Television Mindhunter S1 2017 David Fincher
11/9/17 Television Slasher S2 2017 Aaron Martin
11/11/17 Book The Dishonest Church 2003 Jack Good
11/15/17 Television Judah Friendlander: America is the Greatest Country in the World 2017 Judah Friedlander
11/17/17 Film Thor: Ragnarok 2017 Taiki Waititi
11/19/17 Film John Wick 2014 Chad Stahelski and David Leitch
11/21/17 Film Baby Driver 2017 Bruno Heller
11/28/17 Video Game Doki Doki Literature Club 2017 Team Salvato
11/28/17 Film John Wick: Chapter Two 2017 Chad Stahelski
11/29/17 Film Spiderman: Homcoming 2017 Jon Watts
11/30/17 Podcast The Adventure Zone: Composure 2017 The McElroy Brothers
12/1/17 Television Gotham S2 2016 Bruno Heller
12/6/17 Television Gotham S3 2017 Bruno Heller
12/6/17 Film I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown 2003 Bill Melendez, Larry Leichliter
12/10/17 Video Game Stardew Valley 2016 Chucklefish
12/10/17 Television The Great British Baking Show S1 2011 Andy Devonshire
12/13/17 Television The Great British Baking Show S2 2013 Scott Tankard
12/13/17 Film Guardians of the Galaxy 2 2017 James Gunn
12/15/17 Book Aleph 2010 Paulo Coehlo
12/15/17 Film Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 Rian Johnson
12/18/17 Film Bad Santa 2003 Terry Zwigoff
12/19/17 Television Judd Apatow: The Return 2017 Judd Apatow
12/21/17 Video Game Pokemon Ultra Moon 2017 Game Freak
12/22/17 Film How The Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 Ron Howard
12/23/17 Television The Great British Baking Show S3 2015 Andy Devonshire
12/28/17 Film The Disaster Artist 2017 James Franco
12/28/17 Film The Circle 2017 James Ponsoldt
12/29/17 Film Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2) 2017 Rian Johnson
12/29/17 Book Batman: The Long Halloween 1997 Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
12/30/17 Television The Good Place S1 2016 Michael Schur
12/31/17 Film Jim and Andy 2017 Chris Smith
Unfinished Video Game Persona 5 2017 Atlus
Unfinished Book Television Studies 2011 Jonathan Gray and Amanda D Lotz
Unfinished Book Approaches to Industry Studies 2016 Matthew Freeman
Unfinished Book The First Christmas 2007 Marcus Borg and
Unfinished Book A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2016 Wendell Berry
Unfinished Book Swing Time 2016 Zadie Smith

3 thoughts on “2017 Media Diet

    1. I really enjoyed that one! I thought it did a good job of mixing humor, interesting storytelling, and intertextuality. It wasn’t one of the more literary books I read this year, but it was at least a lot of fun to read.

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