Thea’s Culture Watch: A Few of My Favorite Things

Her last post on the Halloween movies she loves to be scared of made me laugh out loud … and check underneath the bed before I went to sleep. Our gal Thea Mann has a pop-culture reference for just about every occasion and can tell you anything you need to know about entertainment, from TV and movies to music and books. Today, a list of her top reads and tunes—M.S.

I really believe that old saying, “Reading is fundamental,” is totally true. There’s nothing better than a good book to pass the time and make you feel like you’ve accomplished something by the time you’ve turned to the last page. My most recent reads: the dark and sardonic Mostly Dead Things, by Kristen Arnett; the brilliant Elizabeth Gilbert’sbrilliant historical drama City Of Girls; and the gorgeous sci-fi/love story mashup (with a huge, giant twist), They Both Die At The End, by Adam Silvera. The book I have read and re-read: The Catcher In The Rye. I did a deep dive into the author, J.D. Salinger, and wish I hadn’t—by all accounts, not a great human. It’s okay, I still love the book. I also love Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers KaramazovKissing In Manhattan by David Schickler, Kaui Hart Hemmings’s The Descendants, and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge (the book not the series).

Let me say first and foremost that, in my opinion, there are three artists which cover all moods: Miles Davis (enough said); Foy Vance (he’s amazing: the real deal, a true artist in every sense of the word; try him on … you will love him); and Lizzo. Now that’s out of the way, let me say a few words about Lizzo: I was so ahead of the curve on that one. Con will attest to that—I was a fan before anyone ever heard of her.

Consider this your bonus round of fun: My favorite words of the week, compliments of Merriam-Webster:

Bandwidth (band·​width, noun): the emotional or mental capacity necessary to do or consider something // I do not have the bandwidth to watch all of the Marvel Avengers movies.

Twee (ˈtwē, adjective): affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint // I really enjoy eating those tweesandwiches they serve at British high tea.