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Welcome back to the Isolation Diaries, our weekly round-up of the things that bring us joy, keep us creatively motivated and help us unwind. We’ve made it to Volume 36, and what a wonderful journey it's been. Thanks for joining us!

The Isolation Diaries v36 Reading

I wonder is an incredibly beautiful creation from Canadian designer Marian Bantjes, combining graphic art with the written word in her observational musings. We’re completely engrossed in the long-awaited biography of Nick Cave, Boy On Fire. Not your classic Christmas novel, PS Your Cat is Dead is next on our list. This bizarre black comedy has an enormous cult following, having also been adapted for stage and screen.

The Isolation Diaries v36 Watching

If eighties women’s syndicated pro wrestling is your vibe (why wouldn’t it be?), you’ll probably love GLOW, the Netflix comedy-drama series with an amazing cast led by Alison Brie. Filmed over six years, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is a spectacular and breathtaking series from director Ken Burns. Museums Victoria recently announced a new arrival coming soon to Melbourne, so we’re getting to know our new three-horned friend.

The Isolation Diaries v36 Making

We’re going a bit loopy right before the holidays. We figure if we start knitting now we’ll have beanies for winter. It’s that time of the year... It can be hard to decide what makes a good gift. We’ve really been getting into home-made options, like these macrame plant hangers which are both easy to make and really cute. Just add your plant of choice (hot tip: it’s really hard to kill a pothos). The DIY just keeps coming, we’ve got walls to paint.

The Isolation Diaries v36 Listening

Known for his decade-long residency at Paradise Garage, we’re listening to everything Larry Levan. Tarantino films are known for having a pretty iconic soundtrack, so it’s easy to see why they make for such an excellent compilation. We’ve been revisiting Twin Peaks a bit over this year, for obvious reasons. This led us back to experimental band Xiu Xiu’s tribute album which is a beautiful and unique take on the music from this iconic series.

The Isolation Diaries v36 Doing

NGV has announced Triennial kicks off this Saturday, which is incredibly exciting for those of us in Melbourne (read: all of us) who dreadfully missed visiting our favourite gallery spaces. Be sure to book. ACCA has reopened its doors and is currently exhibiting Overlapping Magisteria: The 2020 Macfarlane Commissions, a show in its second year that transforms the space—encompassing living organisms, kinetic installations, and immersive experiences—to explore ways of knowing, sensing, feeling and interacting with the world.

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