Things You Will Love: May 2017
--Gloria Steinem & Chelsea Handler (TimesTalks)
--Goodfellas (1990, d. Martin Scorsese): My roommate and I are slowly digging our way through the AFI Top 100 movies of all time. Scorsese being one of my favorite artists in modern cinema, I had high expectations for this. The film surpassed them all.
--Broadway Danny Rose (1984) & Deconstructing Harry (1997, d. Woody Allen): Looks like I will be finishing Allen's filmography by the end of the year at this rate...another two absolutely phenomenal comic pieces, with such vibrant characters and unparalleled scripts (Harry especially is a benchmark for Woody's constant micro-reinventions). *Both of these titles are hard to watch legally online, but the DVD's are readily available at your local library!
--"Marry My Husband" (Modern Love): Debra Winger reads the heart-breaking/lifting piece that Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote for the Times just ten days before she passed.
--"The energy is in progressive politics." (Pod Save America): Two words: ELIZABETH. WARREN.
--Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine: I have been devouring this podcast, which features beautiful little interviews with actors. Levine has a way of coaxing out the very best in these people, and they are all uniquely inspiring for artists, young and old alike! Particular faves are: Danny Burstein, Judith Light, Ben Platt, Cynthia Nixon, Laura Linney, and Tony Shalhoub.
--167 – TV Grab-Bag, Moogfest, and What Makes a Movie Good for Sequels? (Fighting in the War Room): What DOES make a good movie sequel? Because, Lord Jesus, we need them.
--Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah: A book that will make you want to eat nonstop, Mah's travels through France are as captivating as they are salivating. She explores regional cuisines and how they came to be, with a recipe in every chapter. Bon appetit!
--Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut: My first Vonnegut novel was the correct choice...absurd, cooky, break-neck, and so enlightening.
--Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart: A gorgeous graphic novel memoir about the loss of a young child, and the search for new beginnings out of grief.
--Twin Peaks: Preparing for the show's return to Showtime, I just finished the first season of this show. It is extremely unusual in all the best ways and practically a marvel it made it to network television. The pilot episode is one of the most piercing introductions that I can think of.
--Dear White People (Season One): Riveting, indispensable, woke, provocative, one of the very best things Netflix has ever produced.
--Master of None (Season One): While hearing fabulous things about season two, Aziz Ansari's modern sitcom runs the gamut from dating, to religion, to race and beyond. Also shout out to some grade-A female cameos by the likes of Nina Arianda and Claire Danes.
--The Search for Everything by John Mayer: The search is over. This is the everything.
--"Cut to the Feeling" by Carly Rae Jepsen: The queen of pop churns out another hit. See you at Industry.
--Alter Egos by Ingrid Michaelson: Some fresh takes (one including Sara Bareilles) on songs off of her last album, It Doesn't Have to Make Sense.
--Don't Kill My Vibe (EP) by Sigrid
--Spotify Sessions: Zara Larsson (her rendition of "Sexual" is unbelievable).
--The Bob's Burgers Music Album: BLESS US, EVERYONE.
--Something I was asked to write for The Ensemblist about working on The Golden Apple and seeing shows, and friends, make their proper entrances and exits.
--Millennial essays rocked this month, especially with the way we date and the false selves we present on Instagram.
No Labels, No Drama, Right? (Jordana Narin, The New York Times)
My So-Called (Instagram) Life (Clara Dollar, NYT)
Why Good People Ghost: The Rise Of A Dishonest Dating Culture (Henry Priebe, Thought Catalog)
--How Pixar Lost Its Way (Christopher Orr, The Atlantic)
--White Shirt, Black Name Tag, Big Secret (Ellis Jeter, NYT): a Mormon love story for the ages. Unbearably cute.
--How Twin Peaks Invented Modern Television (James Parker, The Atlantic): Watching Twin Peak and smelling whiffs of other shows? Here's why.
--What Animals Taught Me About Being Human (Helen MacDonald, The New York Times Magazine) "Surrounding myself with animals to feel less alone was a mistake: The greatest comfort is in knowing their lives are not about us at all." Probably one of my favorite pieces I have read this year.
--What’s New in the Supermarket? A Lot, and Not All of It Good (Stephanie Strom, NYT): We're doomed.
--Seneca on True and False Friendships (BrainPickings): Examine your friendships very, very carefully...