- Difficult Men by Brett Martin ~ This took me forever to get through, and while it had some cool behind-the-scenes Deadwood stories I enjoyed, overall it was kind of too THIRD GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION DUDES DUDES DUDES for me. Deep down I think wanted it to be about women and by Emily Nussbaum or Linda Holmes.
- The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence ~ Another Molly recommendation that totally fulfilled its promise. I wish I could read another book about Alex Woods.
- Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel by David Rakoff ~ Brilliant and breathtaking to the point that is sometimes made my stomach flip over. I can’t even get over it. I love a good rhyme and always have, but he takes it to a whole new level. David Rakoff was a gift to to the world. The sense of loss I felt while reading this book was immense. It’s hard to explain.
- Oh, Jason Isbell, what are you doing to us?
- First heard Jill Barber’s Chances on Orange Is the New Black and I’ve definitely fallen for her? She sometimes sings in English and sometimes in French and kind of reminds me of Sam Phillips sometimes and is kind of amazing.
- My friend Vince introduced me to Becky Warren and The Great Unknowns. Their album Homefront reminds me a lot of Lucinda Williams in the very best rip out your heart kind of a way.
- I’ve decided all of us need more of the Mountain Goats in our lives. For example, “Sax Rohmer #1.” Video here. Download from Stereogum here.
- And on the last night of August, I got to hear my beautiful friend Margaret sing.
- The Way, Way Back ~ Kind of adorable. See for Sam Rockwell if for no other reason.
- The Cheshire Murders ~ Why did I watch this? Please don’t watch this.
- Casting By ~ This is an HBO documentary about casting agent Marion Dougherty. If you like historic movie nerd stuff, particularly wonderful old photos and footage of film legends first starting out, you will love this. You will learn that Taylor Hackford is an a-hole and that Marion was an American treasure. You will also see a moment featuring Kymm’s dad, which is extremely exciting.
- Life of Pi ~ Honestly kind of boring. That said, I’ll watch anything that has Irrfan Khan, because he is one of the best people ever.
- My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend ~ Like many, I’m sure, I first met Mike Birbiglia in 2009 during the first This American Life Live special, and I loved him at once. My brother and I saw Sleepwalk With Me last year at the Belcourt in Nashville and had a great time, and as soon as this special became available to stream on Netflix, I watched it. If you saw the This American Life performance or have heard the audio, you will recognize the parts of this act — the parts about Returning to the Scene of the Crime — but there’s so much more to it. It’s just real comedy about real life, particularly the hard and hilarious and embarrassing parts about growing up and falling in love. It is wonderful.
Favorite things on Internet:
- Patterson Hood on Southern dualities.
- A woman from the audience was pulled onstage to sing “For Good” with Kristin Chenoweth. Here’s the backstory. Here’s the video.
- A Message from Ryan Hansen ~ This starts off fine but quickly escalates into pretty awesome.
- Part 1 of Rembert Explains Burning Man.
I got kind of obsessed this month with making variations on cucumber and tomato salads with as many herbs and hot peppers as possible. Basically summer in a bowl.
And who doesn’t love a good basket of peppers from the farmer’s market?
Pets Still Alive:
All. Lazy and happy, it seems.
Zuko really enjoyed Debbie Allen’s return to SYTYCD because she just wants us to Live Our Best Life.
Most Exciting Event of August of 2013!:
The birth of my precious new nephew who is simply the Best (tied for Best with other 2 nephews). He is a tough little tiger and simply the most adorable and perfect baby. We love him utterly, of course.
Flowers, Trees, & Plants:
I took a long walk around the lakes at high noon on a very hot day — not sure what possessed me to do this, but I just needed to be outside. I think I went into a heat-induced fugue state of sorts, but it was good for me. Some sights along the way …
Meanwhile, the crape myrtles are hanging on through the heat, and the ones outside my public library were particularly excellent this year. I also enjoy my pink ones even though they’re kind of spastic. They won’t last much longer, I don’t think, but I’ll love them ’til they’re gone, gone, gone.