READY PLAYER ONE Soderbergh saw it. A few times.
READY PLAYER ONE Soderbergh saw it. Multiple times.

Writer/director Steven Soderbergh keeps track of what he watches, reads, and listens to, and for the past few years, he's posted his "Seen, Read" list on his website/store, Extension 765. The 2018 edition of that list is now out, and it's... you know, every year, I only think of one word with this list, which is "insane."

That, and a suspicion that between his creative endeavors and his ravenous consumption of other people's creative endeavors, Soderbergh must only sleep about 15 minutes a day.

Support The Stranger

Just take the final day of 2018, in which Soderbergh catalogued If Beale Street Could Talk, Yuval Noah Harari's book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, an episode of Civilizations, David Fincher's The Social Network, and two episodes of Bravo's yacht-focused reality show Below Deck, which, if this list is to be believed, and I don't really see why it shouldn't be, Soderbergh got really into this year.

As is the case every year, the whole list is worth a scan, if only to pick up about a billion things you'll want to check out in the coming year. And this year, there's a bonus at the end of the list: "Your Life As a Spy," a short film presented in three parts. It may or may not be the result of what, in the Extension 765 newsletter, "Fabrizia del Dongo, Co-President, Dept. of Impact Attenuation" describes as Soderbergh's creation of a "small insert stage at one of our Moline, Illinois fulfillment centers, complete with a wraparound green screen and a variety of props."

In 2018, Soderbergh put out two projects—the iPhone-shot thriller Unsane and the TV show/app Mosaic. In 2019, he'll have two more, both for Netflix: The Panama Papers film The Laundromat and the sports drama High Flying Bird. He will also, presumably, watch and read and listen to way more stuff than you will.