- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson ~ It took me about 100 pages to get really invested, but once I was in, I was All In. I think that Kate Atkinson might be kind of a strange genius in the best way.
- Transatlantic by Colum McCann ~ Exquisite, gorgeous, unsurprisingly wondrous. Honestly took my breath away throughout. Best “grown up” book of the year for me so far. (Aristotle & Dante and Eleanor and Park, both YA, are my other 2 favorites so far.)
I’ve been watching Gavin and Stacey since the whole series is available on Amazon Prime. My friend has been watching it also, which makes it extra fun because you get in the zone of speaking in the show’s shorthand. No matter how many times I watch this show, it never lets me down.
My sister and I went to see Matilda on Broadway. I read Charlie & the Chocolate Factory as a child so many times that my book fell apart, but somehow I never read Matilda so I was unfamiliar with the story going in. I liked it more than she did, but neither of us loved it. That said, Bertie Carvel’s performance as the headmaster was pretty stunning & amazing, and I’m not going to complain about the opportunity to see a Broadway musical. And there were scenes and songs that were memorable, and I think the message about how you have the power to change your story is a good one for little kids, even though there are parts of this show that would have scared the bejeezus out of me as a child. But it was a sunny afternoon in NYC with my sister, and there was pizza.
- Friends with Kids ~ My expectations were rock-bottom low, but I kind of enjoyed this. I think it’s because Adam Scott is very Real to me and because of the Maya Rudolphization of the film, which is basically her unfailing ability to make every movie she’s in glow a little brighter with her mega-warmth. I love her.
- The Dark Knight Returns ~ I think this kind of movie needs to be seen in a dark theater with popcorn instead of on HBO on your couch. I could not care that much throughout most of the movie, but every scene with Anne Hathaway, I regret to admit, was really good, and Michael Caine crushed, for real. And I thought the last 15-20 minutes or so were FANTASTIC. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt is more appealing to me come very movie. I’m pretty excited about Don Jon.
- Bill Cunningham New York ~ Dear Lord, this film is wonderful. I didn’t know what to expect going in, but it touched me. “He who seeks beauty will find it.”
- Before Midnight ~ Everything, forever and always. It was everything I hoped it would be. My heart.
Favorite things on Internet:
- This wonderful Mr. Rogers re-mix … there’s so much in this life that we can learn, no matter how young or how old we are.
- Steve Gleason, the classiest act there is.
- “I know what you think of me.” So good.
- Russell Brand on morning show.
- Will Leitch on his father’s retirement. (Which leads me to re-recommend his book, Are We Winning?, which is very good.)
- This story from Ike Barinholtz.
Clearly it was this.
I got pretty excited in June about Freegal, a public library app I am very late in discovering for downloading free music – five songs per week. Looking back at the songs I’ve purchased this year, almost all of them were available on Freegal unbeknownst to me. Viva public libraries in all their glory.
Pets still alive: