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The Best of Opus, 2020 Edition

Weekend Reads: "Star Wars"'s Fatal Flaw, 007, Big Vegetable Twitter, Japanese Kit Kats, Translating the Bible

January 2021's Best Streaming Titles: "Enter the Dragon," "The Truman Show," "Dr. Strangelove," "WandaVision," "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Weekend Reads: "Cyberpunk 2077," Goth Christmas Music, Libertarian vs. Bears,

25 Movies I Hope to See in 2021 (And Maybe Even in Theaters)

Weekend Reads: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Doctor Who," Disney, Year-End Lists, Breakdancing, Harold Budd

Weekend Reads: Warp Records, COVID's Lingering Effects, Arecibo, Facebook, Saving Tolkien's Home

Playlist Breakdown: "Inside the Sphere" by 2814

Opus Digest for November 2020

Subscriber Playlist, December 2020: "Vapor Trails"

Weekend Reads: Hallmark Christmas Movies, East Germany's James Bond, "The Expanse," the 21st Century's Greatest Actors

December 2020's Best Streaming Titles: "Black Dynamite," "Lord of the Rings," "The Expanse," "Soul," "Wonder Woman 1984"

Weekend Reads: Parler, The Muppets, "Take on Me," Elektra Records, Tolkien Essays, Corporate Buzzwords

Weekend Reads: Oregon's Exploding Whale, Alex Trebek, Sci-Fi Tropes, Sufjan Stevens, Optical Illusions

Weekend Reads: "Marge vs. the Monorail," Global Music, Political Divides, Stardom's Price

Playlist Breakdown: "Bicycles" by The Clientele

Opus Digest for October 2020

Subscriber Playlist, November 2020: "We Could Walk Together"

Weekend Reads: Sean Connery (RIP), Goth Songs, Satanic Panic, Netflix Anime, K-Pop vs. QAnon

November 2020's Best Streaming Titles: "Hillbilly Elegy," Jason Bourne, "Animaniacs," "Community," "The Lego Movie"

Weekend Reads: Opus Updates, Vincent Price, Science Fiction, "Losing My Religion," Quibi, Zeptoseconds

Weekend Reads: "Ted Lasso," Alan Moore, Critical Role, Japan's Hikikomori, "The Expanse"

Weekend Reads: "Adventures in Odyssey," "Lord of the Rings," Eddie Van Halen, Thomas the Tank Engine, the Quantum Internet

Playlist Breakdown: "Bare" by Lycia

Weekend Reads: Rock & Roll's Passing, Music's Hidden Costs, Streaming Services, Wong Kar-Wai

Subscriber Playlist, October 2020: "Know Who You Are at Every Age"

Opus Digest for September 2020

October 2020's Best Streaming Titles: Metallica, "Spaceballs," "The Mandalorian," "Enter the Dragon"

Weekend Reads: Sufjan Stevens' Anger, "Cuties," Dragon Movies, Gundam, White Jesus

How I'm Surviving the Pandemic

Weekend Reads: Culture Wars, "Cuties," "Close Encounters," Cocteau Twins, the Chinese "N Word"

Weekend Reads: Middle Ages vs. the Renaissance, Music Mail-Order Memories, a 693-Year-Long Song, Oscar Diversity, Godzilla

Weekend Reads: The Faith of Star Wars, Tenet, Chadwick Boseman, Gastrodiplomacy

Playlist Breakdown: "Hole in the World" by Daniel Amos

Opus Digest for August 2020

Subscriber Playlist, September 2020: "Transmissions From the Fringe"

Weekend Reads: Chadwick Boseman, Anime Food, Phineas and Ferb, Pandemic Moviegoing, Bandcamp vs. Spotify

September 2020's Best Streaming Titles: The Muppets, Midnight Special, The Terminator, Casino Royale, Mulan

Weekend Reads: Hood, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Spotify's Greed, Movie Science, Chinese Sci-Fi

Weekend Reads: Evangelicals & Trump, Jerry Falwell, Web Nostalgia, Racist Ice Cream Music

Best of Opus: “Being an Introvert During a Pandemic Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be”

Weekend Reads: Chungking Express, Arcade Fire, Khruangbin, Tech Giants, Disney+, Hygiene

Playlist Breakdown: "Searching" by Pieter Nooten and Michael Brook

Opus Digest for July 2020

Subscriber Playlist, August 2020: Songs to the Siren (A 4AD Records Sampler)

Weekend Reads: UFOs, Samurai, Conspiracy Theory Movies, Emmy Nominations, Superman

Weekend Reads: The Cure, Bandcamp, Quibi, Box Office Delays, Farts vs. Masks

August 2020's Best Streaming Titles: Jurassic Park, Cobra Kai, Star Trek, 007, Inception, Batman

Weekend Reads: Evangelicals & Trump, Search Engine History, Grant Imahara (RIP), Billionaires & the Pandemic

Weekend Reads: Hamilton, Ennio Morricone, Video Game Violence, The Far Side, Critical Race Theory

Best of Opus: "Some Random Thoughts on DMing for Kids"

My Favorite Songs of 2020 (So Far)

Weekend Reads: The Vast of Night, Summer Blockbusters, Cards Against Humanity, Facebook

Playlist Breakdown: "Garden Constellations" by July Skies

Subscriber Playlist, July 2020: The Nostalgists

Opus Digest for June 2020

Weekend Reads: Conspiracy Theories, Apple's WWDC, Bandcamp, My Family's Favorite Recipes

July 2020's Best Streaming Titles: Spaceballs, Warrior Nun, Jim Gaffigan, Hamilton, The Incredibles 2

Weekend Reads: The Death of the Office, Ian Holm, Diversity in Tech, the Lost Cause, Facebook

Weekend Reads: Marvel's Punisher, Looney Tunes, Bruce Lee, David French, Starflyer 59

Weekend Reads: Joy Division, Community, Bandcamp, Racial Injustice, K-Pop Protests

Playlist Breakdown: "The Well of Sadness" by Raison d'être

Subscriber Playlist, June 2020: Into the Abyss

Opus Digest for May 2020

Weekend Reads: Studio Ghibli, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Summer Blockbusters, Game of Thrones, Deepfakes

June 2020’s Best Streaming Titles: Inside Man, Dark, The X-Files, True Romance, Knives Out

Weekend Reads: Calvin and Hobbes, The Snyder Cut, Satanic Panic, QAnon, Nostalgic Music

Weekend Reads: Mad Max, Little Richard, Peel Sessions, Ghost in the Shell

Weekend Reads: "Parks and Recreation," Kraftwerk, Conspiracy Theories, Black Holes

Playlist Breakdown: "Join Our Club" by Saint Etienne

Weekend Reads: "MST3K," D&D, Pandemic Playlists, Typography, Apple's New iPhone

Opus Digest For April 2020

Subscriber Playlist, May 2020: "Join Our Club (A Saint Etienne Celebration)"

May 2020's Best Streaming Titles: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Hannah Gadsby, Batman Begins, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Weekend Reads: The Silver Surfer, Halo, Cyberpunk, Museum Creepiness, COVID-19,

Weekend Reads: Weird Al, John Scalzi, Satoshi Kon, Classic Anime

Weekend Reads: "Final Fantasy 7," "Cats," the F-word, Introverts

Weekend Reads: Tiger King, Gundam, Minecraft, The Twilight Zone, Goats

Playlist Breakdown: "Fourshadowing" by Junior Varsity KM

Opus Digest for March 2020

Subscriber Playlist, April 2020: "Darla Records Has a Treat for You"

Weekend Reads: Batman, Bandcamp, Deep Listening, Static Websites

April 2020's Best Streaming Titles: Community, Parasite, James Bond, Tales From the Loop, The Straight Story

Weekend Reads: Star Trek, Akira, Critical Role, Toilet Paper, Tarkovsky

Weekend Reads: Satoshi Kon, Pixar's Afterlife, Max von Sydow, Dystopian Literature

Weekend Reads: Dark Matter, Corona Beer, Future Funk, Little Women

Playlist Breakdown: "Wish" by Soulwhirlingsomewhere

Opus Digest for February 2020

Subscriber Playlist, March 2020: "Of These Reminders (A Projekt Records Sampler)"

Weekend Reads: Watching Subtitled Films, Video Rental Stores, Political Correctness

Weekend Reads: MST3K, The Boo Radleys, Sci-Fi Predictions, Understanding Chocolate & More

March 2020’s Best Streaming Titles: Goodfellas, Shaun the Sheep, Swingers, Kung Fu Panda

Weekend Reads: Slowdive, Huey Lewis, Korean Cinema, NFL Graphics, "The Good Place" & More

Playlist Breakdown: "Enemy of Time" by Hood

Subscriber Playlist, February 2020: "A Chilled Time"

Playlist Breakdown: "Building Steam With a Grain of Salt" by DJ Shadow

Listen to a Sample Subscriber Playlist: "A Musical History"

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