I'm a media junkie, not just books, but TV, movies, music, podcasts, and internet nonsense. Every Monday I discuss something that's caught my interest this past week.
On the TV
On Parks and Recreation, I did not expect Lesley to discover she was pregnant. Seems like something she’d have planned out a year in advance. It should be interesting to watch her try to control that whole situation.
New music I’m into this week: Let Go by RAC featuring Kele & MNDR from Strangers, and Glass from No Mythologies by Mø. I’ve been discovering new music through the Songza app. Anyone who thinks people don’t buy music because of streaming has never met me. I always end up buying the songs I like anyway.
Speaking of buying new music, I thought this Salon article was interesting and have to agree with the writer. Just because I’m over 30 doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy new music. There’s no rule that you have to only listen to Pink Floyd forever until you die. Sure, I like the older stuff because of nostalgia, but if I only listened to what’s on my iPod I wouldn’t have heard of new artists like Gary Clark, Jr and Valerie June. What if we only watched reruns of Seinfeld? Or only read books written before 1990? It makes no sense to me.
I watched the movie Hitchcock over the weekend. I was surprised by how much I liked it. Anthony Hopkins who played Hitchcock was barely recognizable. The movie focused on his time directing Psycho and what a stress it put on his marriage to Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). They had everything they owned riding on this movie. Alma was a screenwriter herself and worked on Hitch’s movies. They were husband and wife but also partners. Helen Mirren is so good, I could watch her in anything!
I started listening to the Dead Authors Podcast hosted by “H.G. Wells.” So far I’ve been enjoying the female comics interpretations the most, especially Charlotte Bronte (Jessica St Clair) and Tennessee Williams (Kristen Schaal). Who can forget Bronte’s most famous line, “Just because you’re a fairy, doesn’t mean you should be acting like an asshole”? Tennessee tells us how hard it is to write good plays when constantly drunk or high.
On the Web
My review of The Dream Woman goes live on the Project Gutenberg Project blog today. Hope you check it out!