Category: recommendations

extra interesting episode of The Allusionist podcast: A Novel Remedy: why a clinical psychologist prescribes novel-reading to her patients, & how post-WW1 Britain was soothed by Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries 📚

we’ve used the Paprika apps on Mac and iOS for years, and really like them. the ability to scrape recipes from web pages is great, and syncing works great (it’s handy having the recipes with you at the store). both discounted through 12/31

this interesting Allusionist episode on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol prompted me to get the audiobook from the library. less than 3 hours, a good holiday road trip listen

from The A.V. Club: The 20 Best TV Shows of 2017. we’ve enjoyed Alias Grace, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Good Place, & Handmaid’s Tale; adding American Vandal, GLOW, The Deuce, Big Little Lies, & Halt & Catch Fire to our list

“A Privacy Choice”. I agree with the sentiment; my choice is nonprofit, open source, & updated more often: Firefox

Podcast Rec: “Still Processing”

I gave a listen to a few episodes of the Still Processing podcast, and really enjoyed them. The hosts have a great rapport, as well as points of view I don’t always hear that often. I’ll let the blurb from the Guardian article where I learned of it make the pitch:

This weekly confab between Pulitzer-winning critic Wesley Morris and his friend and fellow New York Times writer Jenna Wortham is not, strictly speaking, all about politics. So what are they still processing? Being black in America, for starters. Also: queer life, anything inspiring/troublesome in pop culture, Beyoncé v Adele and more. Times colleagues make frequent appearances, and the duo also take the occasional field trip. (If ever there was the correct use of the word “poignant”, it would be to describe their tour of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture – or the Blacksonian, as they dubbed it.)

That “Blacksonian” episode (it’s from Oct. 6, 2016, if you’re searching by date in a podcast app) was a good one, as was the Feb. 2 episode, “You Only Leave Home When Home Won’t Let You Stay”. But they’re not all big, heavy themes; the latest episode is an Oscars preview. It’s good stuff, check it out.

P.S. Pod Save America, also listed in that Guardian piece (“four former Obama aides… usher in the [Trump] era”) is another good one.

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