What I'm watching, reading and listening to in August
Basically here vying for a spot on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast
- •Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)I've never seen anything in pop culture that reflects feelings I have or the culture of being Jewish like Rachel Bloom's show has done. The show is also a love letter to musical theater and various tropes but doesn't feel old or boring. It also digests princess culture and nostalgia in a way that gives the show nuance instead of feeling like a lesson (ex. "Master of None"). I am Rebecca Bunch.
- •Crazy Ex-Girlfriend soundtrack (CW)My favorites include "Heavy Boobs", "JAP Battle", "Where's the Bathroom?", "Sex with a Stranger" and most importantly, "The Sexy Getting Ready Song". S/O to "Dear Joshua Felix Chan" because I 100% wrote letters like that in my diary in middle school.
- •Not the Olympics (NBC)Unless it's beach volleyball, IDGAF. I did, however, enjoy reading think pieces about race and white privilege tied to the event.
- •The Night Of (HBO)The first episode of the limited series made me look for clues akin to my first time watching "LOST". I thought the show was successful in making a statement about the legal justice system but wasn't what I thought it would be.
- •Swiss Army ManI saw this in theaters but forgot to share. I loved it for its fart jokes and watching how Paul Dano reacts and how people watching Paul Dano react. Really a charming and visually beautiful movie. Must love fart/penis/barfing jokes to enjoy this movie.
- •Serial (NPR)Two years too late but loved it. My only issue was I projected my feelings of the case onto its HBO counterpart "The Night Of".
- •Modern Lovers by Emma StrabEmma Straub spoke at McNally Jackson and wore a dress in the same pattern as the book cover. I liked the excerpt she chose and her enough to buy the book. Would not recommend this. A very slow read that could have been edited down to a few vignettes or something of that nature.
- •2 Dope Queens and Sooo Many White GuysJessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson's comedy podcast is excellent, and I loved Robinson's interview with Ilana Glazer of "Broad City" on the latter podcast. Would recommend both.
- •Goodbye to All That edited by Sari BottonA collection of essays by writers who lived and left New York City. This is a great read for someone other than me, anxiously waiting to move into Manhattan. Reads like a goodbye letter instead of a love letter to Manhattan. In that case, I choose Carrie Bradshaw and her magical apartment.
- •The New York Times (printed!)My dad ordered The Times for our family, so I take that on the train for when I don't feel like reading my novel ("Modern Lovers") or I have to wait for a new podcast. Favorite story: a woman who wears a shower cap in public to avoid the humidity.
- •Modern Love (NYT/WBUR)Not to be confused with the aforementioned "Modern Lovers". "Community" and "Love" star Gillian Jacobs read the column's most famous piece about a questionnaire used to make two strangers fall in love on the podcast. I also loved Tony Hale reading "Just Friends? Let Me Read Between the Lines" and the column "Can Tylenol Help Heal a Broken Heart?".
- •Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women by Nora EphronMy firstborn gets Nora Ephron's namesake.
- •Sausage PartyFine