Five things I encountered today that were interesting, educational, beautiful, edifying or that I otherwise found to be…well, good. None of these are promotions and I do not receive any benefit from sharing them. I just like them.
1) I love sushi, but I am definitely used to more Americanized versions both in type and how it is served. There’s a lot of etiquette surrounding the correct way to eat sushi in Japan. Thankfully, Mental Floss has an infographic to help.
2) I just finished reading Margaret Atwood’s latest novel, The Heart Goes Last and I highly recommend it. Set after a financial crisis that has sent much of America into a second Great Depression, it focuses on a married couple who volunteer for a social experiment they are told will both help improve conditions in the country and provide them with a good life. The Heart Goes Last explores themes of love, corruption, free will, and surveillance that are very relevant to our current times. I still love her MaddAddam Trilogy the best, but this might be a close second.
3) Last night we went to Brewvies, our local cinema pub (cheap movies, good food and beer, and comfy couches in the back) to see The Night Before, a Christmas comedy with Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon Levitt. I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, as Christmas comedies are often not very funny and I’m pretty burnt out on the bro-coms, but it was really enjoyable. Weird, pretty funny, sweet, and while the plot was definitely focused on the dude, the female characters were more fleshed out and interesting than usual and generally treated with respect. The supporting cast includes some seriously funny ladies like Mindy Kaling, Jillian Bell, and Lizzy Caplan. Definitely worth it. And the Nut Brown Ale from Red Rocks I had while watching was a great companion.
4) If you have children or know children, you’re probably aware of the recent phenomenon/abomination known as Elf on the Shelf. He’s a tiny, creepy elf doll who spies on children for Santa, who parents are supposed to move during the night to make it appear like he has a life of his own. It’s creepy. Thankfully, some parents have a much naughtier conception of what the elf might get up to. Buzzfeed puts together the story of his downward spiral.
5) New Comic Book Day! My picks for this week are: Jim Henson’s Storyteller Dragons #1, Mystery Girl #1, Aliens/Vampirella #4, Plutona #3, and All New Inhumans #1. Also debuting this week is the graphic novel version of the Phillip K Dick Classic, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the source material for Blade Runner. Happy reading!