1. Book: Submission by Michel Houellebecq
    More subtle and human than its irresistibly provocative premise implies.
  2. Audiobook: Stories I Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
    Actors reading their own dishy autobiographies is a great genre and probably deserves its own list.
  3. On Netflix: The Roosevelts by Ken Burns
    History, when it's well told, is so entertaining. However, he does overuse the period music thing. Imagine if 70 years from now someone did a documentary on us, and Major Lazer was playing over every photograph, no matter what the subject.
  4. Music: County Christmas on Pandora