So many exciting things to read and watch and hear, and what’s a better time than autumn days with a chai or coffee in hand, or perhaps cold fall evenings in bed with a warm glass of cider and a donut on the side? Kudos to Sarah aka “SasswithClass” for designing the beautiful new header picture for the newsletter – adds a certain flair, don’t you think? This week is especially important in the wide world of books, as the National Book Awards AND the Man Booker Prize are given to some of our best writers, authors, and poets – more information is listed below. As always, feel free to comment or respond back, and we especially welcome stories or perspectives to delve into.
What we’re reading:
- Charlie Warzel of BuzzFeed talks with The Men in Blazers about their quest to make soccer the dominant sport in America.
- Part one of a conversation between President Obama and author Marilynne Robinson sponsored by The New York Review of Books.
- How a new generation of toilets seeks to change our bathroom habits, by GOOD Magazine‘s Rafi Schwartz.
- Kriston Capps urges us and gives examples of how to keep our cities “weird” in this Citylab piece.
- Tom Whipple lets us know how Nobel Prize winners discover they’ve won via Intelligent Life magazine.
- Colin Dwyer of NPR announces the shortlist for the National Book Awards.
- An NPR review of Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, the 2015 Man Booker Prize Winner.
What we’re listening to:
- NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Anthony Marra about his new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno.
- The Book Riot squad discusses library attendance, the Man Booker shortlist, why people don’t always read the books they own, and other such matters.
- The guys at Stuff You Should Know discuss the Musketeers – the book, the candy bar, the movie, and the special armed forces of the French kings.
- NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour takes a look back at summer movies, box office predictions, and shows, specifically HBO’s Show Me A Hero.
- Another one from last month about Serena Williams and the US Open.
- And the last one we listened to was one discussing The Martian and other job-based movies.
- Starlee Kine with Mystery Show takes on a second case, this one dealing with a writer’s discovery and the quandary it causes.
What we’re watching:
- Jon Oliver takes on the Canadian election with some assistance from a beaver, a moose, and Mike Myers.
- An amazingly hilarious video involving unicorns, ice cream, and toilets – talk about product placement!
- THE NEW STAR WARS trailer!!!! “Heavy breathing, gasp, gasp”