John & Pat help you through these difficult times the only way they know how: by telling you what to watch while you’re sitting on your butts.
Two recommendations this week.
The Parker series by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)
Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series
Three recommendations this week!
Party Down. The other Rob Thomas’ other show.
Donald Westlake in general. Specifically his novel 361 and, the hard boiled crime novel imprint Hard Case Crimes
J.J. Abrams’ Lost
Pat is nerdily insisting that everyone catch up on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. It’s a show that started slow, but grew momentum as the season went on until it became a weekly must-see.
John thinks that if you want to watch someone absolutely carry a show, you have to watch Tatiana Maslany absolutely kill it in Orphan Black.
Pat & John both think it’s worthwhile to experience live theater – plays and musicals. Check out what your community has going on, and support it.
We’ve dropped the ball on putting our recommendations out; we’re making up for it this time in pure volume.
Laura, John and Neil all agree that people should be watching more shows that Comedy Central has put out there. Neil wants you to watch The Kroll Show. Nick Kroll’s sketch show that offers funny sketches, and insights into how the show is made. Laura wants you to watch the Amy Poehler produced Broad City. A show that started as a web series about two 20 year old women living in New York City. John has two selections. Drunk History – a show that finally gives drunks a chance to tell history’s tales. Each episode features a narrator drunkenly describing an historical event, while presumably sober actors play out these events. John also likes @midnight; the Chris Hardwick hosted comedy panel show.
Neil and Pat agree that you need to have more golems in your life. Pat’s choice has the word golem explicit in the title – The Golem and the Jinni. An excellent supernatural novel that transcends it’s fantastical elements to tell a simple story about romance and cultures in 1900s New York City. Neil recommends Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel offers insights into the early history of comic books and film, 1940s culture, and Jewish mysticism – among a great many other things.
Finally, Laura picked up Black Hole by Charles Burns and thinks that you will be happy if you follow her lead.