The changing weather has some of us thinking about indoor hobbies, like cooking and binge-watching TV (does this count as a hobby?). Whether you want to read, watch, listen, or cook, we’ve got a cool-weather-friendly pick for you this month.
Go to Christina’s pick
My favorite shows provide an authentic glimpse into a different world, and Succession does just that with the mega rich. The family of protagonists seem to be modeled after the Murdochs, though they could be a stand-in for any multigenerational business dynasty. The show seems to be populated with detestable, callow characters, yet you find yourself rooting for the principals in spite of all that—maybe because the writing is so sharp and entertaining. (Kieran Culkin regularly steals scenes with nihilistic commentary.) The season 2 finale just aired, making Succession a great show to binge when it gets cold.
Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
“The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James
The Stand by Stephen King
I've been a fan of Isa Chandra Moskowitz for years, ever since I discovered her blog—Post Punk Kitchen—and her slew of mouthwatering vegan cookbooks. She’s an activist, chef, cookbook author, and all-around badass. Her latest book, I Can Cook Vegan, is due out at the end of this month, and it’s a response to anyone who ever said vegan cooking is bland (nope), difficult (please), or unfamiliar (mac and cheese, anyone?). Plus, the art and design of the book make me want to display it on my coffee table so I can gaze at it while I stuff my face.
One of my favorite musicians of the moment, Lucy Dacus, covered Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” for the Boss’s birthday month. Then,
on his actual birthday, she wrote an article that begins as a letter to his influential songwriting and monumental legacy but ends as a sweet testament to the (sometimes surprisingly) good tastes of our parents and
how we’re all just turning into them anyway, so what’s the point in fighting it?
Go to Katie’s pick
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Go to Scott’s pick
Writing and editing can feel isolating, but is it? In this article, Ocean Vuong, whose debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous was
long-listed for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, shouts out the
10 books that made his novel possible. And in doing so, he reminds
us that writing is always done in community. Thank you, Ocean,
for humanizing this act called writing and blessing us all with your eloquent prose.
Spooky literature picks:
The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
“The Monkey’s Paw” by