Here Are Some Things I Like
I’ve been neglecting this Tumblr lately, and always. I have nothing to write about, so let me tell you about some things I’ve been enjoying lately. If you’re looking for something to enjoy, take one of these and call me in the morning.
Radiolab is the best radio show I’ve ever heard. On its surface it seems to be about science, but don’t let that throw you if you’re not a science-y person. I’m not either. Radiolab is a supremely accessible and constantly mind-blowing show. At its best (and it’s usually at its best), it captures my favourite feeling in the world: the thrill of discovery and the wonder of being human.
Try starting with Colors [sic, but they’re American so it’s all good] or Space, and if you like those then just work your way through all the rest. Every single one is worth your time.
I’ve tweeted about this show before, but they’re now two episodes into what’s shaping up to be a stellar second season so let me reiterate my praise for the show. In my mind, it’s Mad Men’s only competition for “best television show currently airing” and yes that includes Breaking Bad.
Start at the beginning and don’t skip anything. I find following along with the AV Club’s episode reviews really helpful (for this and every other show), and here’s a VERY SPOLIERY but also very great Grantland article about why the show might just be the future of television SERIOUSLY THOUGH DON’T READ THAT ARTICLE UNTIL YOU’VE WATCHED THE FIRST SEASON.
Homeland airs on Sundays on Showtime and you can buy it on iTunes like I did or get it however you kids are getting things these days.
I tried reading The Walrus when it first launched, when I was in grade 9 or 10. I found it hopelessly pretentious and overly intellectual. Turns out I was just 15 and had no business reading The Walrus. I revisited it recently and immediately subscribed. Full of fantastic reporting, interesting stories, and always beautifully designed. Word!
Kiss, the new LP by Carly Rae Jepsen
I have used this space before to talk about my love of Carly Rae and her major banger Call Me Maybe. I pretty much assumed that her subsequent album would be a quickie cash in disappointment. I am very, very happy to report that I was wrong!
Listen - if you still hate Call Me Maybe, you’re probably not going to dig on this album probably. But everyone else, I urge you to give it a chance! It achieves something that pretty much no pop albums bother with these days but that I think is super important: it has a consistent voice. It really sounds like the same person sings Call Me Maybe that sings This Kiss (the new single) and even the deep cuts.
Everybody knows that these albums are mostly there to generate singles, and the rest is always going to be just filler. But it’s so awesome to see someone put a modicum of effort into consistency! I’ve listened to the record all the way through a bunch of times and I haven’t been tempted to skip a single track. Cool!
I never drank coffee until recently. My bad!
A Perfect Day For Bananafish by J.D. Salinger
Nine Stories is the only Salinger thing that I can recommend to people without feeling like I have to qualify it in some way. Each of the nine stories is beautiful and well worth reading, but they all have the misfortune of coming after A Perfect Day For Bananafish, which I’m pretty sure is the greatest short story that anyone has ever written. Then again, I haven’t read tall of them yet.
Don’t go reading the Wikipedia page for this story before you read it either, you’ll rob it of all its power and elegance. Just go get a copy of Nine Stories (any half decent used bookstore will have it, or your local library) and thank me later.