weekly digest

Weekly digest (11/25/11)

Happy day after Thanksgiving! My was small and cozy and delicious. And after a day and a half of running around, I am officially spending today on the couch.

  • Read it. I read the graphic novel Ethel & Ernest, a moving story written by Raymond Briggs (author/illustrator of The Snowman) about his parents’ marriage during post World War II England. If it doesn’t break your heart I don’t know what will.
  • See it.  This week my brother introduced me to AMC’s The Walking Dead, which I enjoyed far more than I thought I would like a zombie t.v. show.
  • Hear it. Ready for the holidays? She & Him’s Christmas album will put you in the mood.

Weekly digest (11/11/11)

Some magical numbers today! Let’s hear it for people who love symmetry (and have problems remembering the date).

  • Read it. Is it a crime to read something again? I sure hope not. I’ve been enjoying Sandman so much I checked out Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things for a re-read and was again struck at how elegant, accessible and downright creepy his writing is. (Bonus: read “Other People” here).
  • See it. Confession: as someone who didn’t grow up with t.v. for much of her childhood, I missed the joys of many traditionally syndicated shows. So now that Cheers is on Netflix I’m quite happy to be catching up.
  • Hear it. The Fuel/Friends Autumn 2011 mix is up! Carry on, even happier than before.

Weekly digest (11/4/11)

Winter blows in slowly, and I find that my tastes change – no more sunny pop and escapist novels – I want cozy sounds and stories to curl up with.

  • Read it. Craig Thompson’s epic new graphic novel Habibi has been taunting me from my bookshelf for a few days, but I’ve finally started it and it promises to be simply grand.
  • See it. I’m not usually on the reality tv show bandwagon, but I managed to see a Bravo marathon (they are always marathoning, they must be so tired) of Top Chef Masters and remembered how much fun it is to watch talented people to go to great lengths to make tiny, fancy food.
  • Hear it. New Florence and the Machine album is (via disco naivite).

Weekly digest (10/28/11)

I love mini-trips. For me, planning is half the fun, so even if it’s a short trip I get double the fun.

  • Read it. Just started it, but in my weekend bag is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and I can tell I will already love the magical, dark tale.
  • See it. Slightly cheesy, definitely romantic as all-get-out, An Affair to Remember (1957) is worth a lazy curl-up on the couch.
  • Hear it. Ever since inheriting my dad’s classical record collection, I’ve been slowly listening to it more and more. Maybe that’s why I’ve been listening to BBC 3 online – British commercials are the best, and classical announcers sound even classier.

Weekly digest (10/21/11)

You know, it’s very easy to add things to your Netflix Queue and library request list – much harder to get through it.

  • Read it. Somewhere along the line I stopped reading Neil Gaiman’s Sandman so I just re-started and now all I want to do is binge in its creepy, fantastic, mythical glory.
  • See it. So it’s getting a lot of flak, but I’ve caught the first few episodes of American Horror Story, and even I – admittedly not a horror fan – am getting into the campy gore. I say: True Blood for winter!
  • Hear it. Oh boy, the Bandana Splits are retro songstresses from Brooklyn and I just want to listen to them and go roller skating.

Weekly digest (10/15/11)

Man, there is some fine art out there. I wish sometimes that someone would pay me to consume cultural objects all day.

  • Read it. I just roared through Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility. What a poised, engaging first novel – lengthier review to follow.
  • See it. Drive isn’t my typical movie fare of choice (more dialogue needed!). But it was moody and definitely got under my skin in a way that many recent movies haven’t.
  • Hear it. Papa opened up for Girls (who I caught last week at the Great American Music Hall) and I liked ’em so much I bought an LP. Fun and bouncey.

Weekly digest (10/7/11)

The fun and late nights of the last few weeks (James Blake! Bon Iver! Jens Lekman!) left me a little worse for the wear. I’m finally feeling better after a mild but annoying cold. It cooled down significantly, but the notion of rain and staying cozy seemed quite appealing.

  • Read it. We chose the spooky classic Frankenstein for one of my book clubs this month. It plays with so many themes, I wish I had a Norton Critical edition to unpack them all.
  • See it. As the whole internet was, I was sad to hear about Steve Jobs’ passing. If you haven’t watched his 2005 Stanford University commencement speech I would make time to do so.
  • Hear it. After 3+ years, new Feist album (“Metals“)!! It’s melancholy and textured and I love it already.

Weekly digest (9/30/11)

We’re officially straight in the fall season. Going to check out the bands (and crowds) at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend, and it looks like we are going to be chanced with some mild early autumn weather.

  • Read it. It took me some time, but I finally finished Judith Thurman’s biography of Isak Dinesen. It was really illuminating, and I would recommend it for any fans of Dinesen’s work.
  • See it. Parks and Recreation is back with new episodes! Let’s just admit it – best comedy on tv right now.
  • Hear it. Tom Waits’ new album comes out October 14 and there have been a few (too short!) listening parties on the ANTI website.

Weekly digest (9/23/11)

Today’s my mom’s birthday – so a happy day to moms everywhere! (As it should be).

  • Read it. This Esquire profile of Jon Stewart makes for a fascinating read, as it tries to explain how he still gets away with being the funny newsman.
  • Saw it. Fall t.v. alert! Up All Night, with Will Arnett and Christina Applegate, is pretty funny. Glad to see both of them! Plus, Maya Rudolph as an Oprah-character is hilarious.
  • Heard it. Jens Lekman has a new EP out (Argument with Myself). You like fun, talky, smooth Swede pop? You’ll love this!

Weekly digest (9/16/11)

Every day now, I get ready for the Bay’s version of a summer, which usually appears in September or October. And yet – nothing.

  • Read it. I started The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, which chronicles Ernest Hemingway’s first wife while they were living in Paris, during the era of the Fitzgeralds and Gertrude Stein and The Sun Also Rises. I know already it’s going to be heartbreaking, but the writing is clear and gives a clear vision of a determined young writer and the wife in the background.
  • Saw it.  If you’ve lived in San Francisco for some time, try giving Vertigo (Hitchcock) another viewing – or a first viewing if you’ve never seen it. The vintage shots of the city, with a taut, crazy-as-nails storyline, makes it for perfect for a rainy afternoon.
  • Heard it. Alabama Shakes has an EP out on Bandcamp. For $4, you’ll get 4 songs that will remind you of a twangier Janis. Highly recommended!!