It was a wonderfully uneventful week here. For whatever reason, it seems like we have more unusual weeks (sick days, holidays, special events, schedule changes, etc.), than usual ones. There's something deeply satisfying about a "boring" week where all the trains are running on schedule, more or less. Hope you can find some boring in your schedule this week too.
Here are a few recommendations for this week:
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I have fallen in love with Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. There are 14 books in the series - the first is Still Life, so start there if you haven't read any of them. Her most recent book, Kingdom of the Blind, was published in November, and I'm finally get a chance to read it. All of the books center around the inviting Quebec village of Three Pines and the lovable main character, Inspector Gamache. The mysteries are engaging and will keep you reading, but I look forward to the books because each takes me back to Three Pines and its quirky residents. (I've also listened to quite a few of these, and they are perfect stories for audio books.) I'm not sure that I've ever stuck with a series for 14 books before, but for this one, I hope there are 14 more.
Ellen is back to stand-up for the first time in 15 years with her Netflix show, Relatable. It's about an hour long and worth every minute. There's not a lot to say about this except, it's really funny! We laughed. A lot. If you need some good, belly laughs, add this to your queue.
Jason Isbell's The Nashville Sound. I was introduced to Jason Isbell last year, when we got the opportunity to see him playing with his wife, Amanda Shires, in a small theater. It was one of the best concerts I've ever been to, and I've been working my way through his music since then. This week I've been listening to his most recent album, The Nashville Sound. I like the sound, no pun intended, but more than that, I like his storytelling. Start with "If We Were Vampires" and "Tupelo."
Have y'all heard of the Fyre Festival? I hadn't, but recently was seeing a lot of headlines, so I read a few articles about it. I have no idea how I missed this in 2017, but it's one of the crazier stories I've heard. The overview: the festival was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas with luxury accommodations and gourmet food. Through some impressive marketing and use of celebrity social-medial influences, it sold out almost immediately (5,000 tickets!), but when attendees arrived, they were housed in hurricane tents, served cheese sandwiches, and didn't see a single performance. It's an astounding fraud, and raises a number of (disturbing) questions about the power of social media. Hulu and Netflix have both done documentaries on this - I look forward to learning more. If there are any Fyre Festival attendees reading this, please tell us more!
Hope you enjoy some of these recommendations and have a good week. And please send any recommendations for next week (or next month) my way!