It’s happening – we’re finally getting some warm vitamin D and dry weather here in Oregon! HOOORAY!
What a wet and cold April it has been! Great for binging TV and listening to podcasts and audiobooks while on cold and wet dog walks, but I am ready to sit outside all afternoon and read while throwing the ball for Norm & Cliff. Here’s what got me through April (besides the return of baseball!), can’t wait to hear what you found helpful this month!
I finally finished The Authenticity Project which I started back in January on vacation. It was such a sweet and kind book, but the writing style it made it easy to pick up and put down. I finally finished reading this book on a rainy weekend, and it was delightful.
If I could have Amber Ruffin read every book to me with her commentary I would love that. I was excited when The World Record Book of Racist Stories showed up on my audiobook feed. It was again devastating and hilarious, I highly recommend reading You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism first if you haven’t yet.
I am almost finished with Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, and it is incredible. My friend Bronwyn recently wrote about it in her newsletter and I knew it was finally time, and she was (as always) correct! (FYI she and I have very similar pop culture taste if you are looking for more recs – subscribe!)
A recent episode of Think Out Loud about elk (yes the animal) on the Oregon coast was fascinating, and terrifying if you have a summer vacation planned there with your dogs…
Offline with Jon Favreau has had some great interviews lately, especially “How the Internet is Radicalizing Young Men.”
Between Into It and Vibe Check I feel like I understand the pending Writers Guild strike better, and a lot of other news. The Guide to Spoiler Culture episode of Into It should be required listening if you complain about people spoiling shows on social media.
If you’ve read this blog for a while then you know that The Americans is one of my all time favorite shows. when I saw that Keri Russell was returning for a new political TV show, I couldn’t wait and devoured it in 4 days. The Diplomat had everything I wanted in a Keri Russell politics show (except enough episodes – I needed way more than 8!) If you miss The West Wing this show was created by a former WW writer and has an incredible cast and a captivating story. Let me know when you’ve finished, so much to discuss!
Food AND travel shows are always a hit around here. We’re enjoying this season of Top Chef and all the international chefs and inspiration they bring. We’re also enjoying Eva Longoria’s Searching for Mexico on CNN. A favorite Top Chef alum, Kristin Kish, had a great 4 episode series on Disney+, Restaurants at the End of the World. Now I want to go to an island off Norway inhabited with polar bears and walrus!
I loved the book The Power and the series on Amazon is equally fantastic. I can’t figure out what I think about Beef still, I’ve watched two episodes, it is SO DARK I need a minute between each episode. Are you watching it? What do you think?
What pop culture has got you through the rainy cold winter/spring this year?