Lists for December 2, 2008

From Deadwood Edition #224

On Deck

...wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking. to.

  1. Starling Electric "Clouded Staircase"
  2. The Raconteurs "Consolers of the Lonely"
  3. Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
  4. The Shins "Wincing the Night Away"
  5. Birds of Avalon "Bazaar Bazaar" 


...wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches.

  1. Weeds "It's a show about a mom whose husband dies, and to support herself out in suburbia she starts selling weed to all of the suburban housewives. It's hilarious and soap operatic without being too ridiculous. It's just an excellent show about dealing drugs to suburbanites."
  2. Ghost Whisperer "I'm not going to lie. It's totally the opposite from 'Weeds.' Jennifer Love Hewitt can talk to ghosts and she helps them move on. I don't know why I like it so much. I think I may watch it because it's so irritating. I honestly have no idea why it's still on the air."
  3. Scrubs "I buy the DVD sets and watch an entire season in three days. It's about people who should never be doctors but somehow got into med school and are now doctors. If Zach Braff ever came near me with a scalpel I think I'd scream. That said, I think Zach Braff is a genius. I mean, 'Garden State' and 'Scrubs'? Come on. And Dr. Cox is amazing. Everyone should love Dr. Cox."

Bound Up

Currently reading: "Dreaming in Cuban"  by Christina Garcia "It's about a family that was separated by the Cuban revolution. Half the family stays in Cuba and half goes to America. It's written in the style of a memoir, and every character has their own voice via the diary that they keep. It takes place from the '30s to the '70s. It's geared towards a more feminine audience, and could end up on Oprah's book club, but it's still really good."  

One book everyone should read: "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir" by Nick Flynn "The reason I read it is because the author was a professor of mine in Houston. Before he went to college and became a professor, he worked in a homeless shelter where his father was one of the clientele--his father was homeless. It's amazing. You admire the author for working in a pretty grotesque place when he really didn't have to, but you also feel sorry for him because he has no empathy for his father at all. The book is lesson on empathy. He truly doesn't care about his father, who was an alcoholic and drug abuser that abandoned the family. The estranged father comes in, he gives him his slop to eat and a cot to sleep on with little fanfare, and by the end of the book he thinks, 'You know, that was kind of shitty of me. I probably should have cared a little more.' The author portrays himself as a little douche-baggy. It's one of those books that's just emotionally weird."