This March sure is mad! It snowed in D.C. this morning and college students are playing basketball without compensation on multiple television networks during the day. Madness!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Megan Burns’ Sad Girl Taste Tests are one of my favorite series on BYT. This week she sampled as many Irish and Irish adjacent snacks she could obtain at The Butcherbloack in Sunnyside in Queens.
If you haven’t read Kaylee Dugan’s Grandma’s Favorite Drink: In Defense of Sherry, give it a chance. Give sherry a chance. Before reading this I did not want to try any more sherry. Now I do.
I have no desire to see the new Tomb Raider. I would like to debate about the merits of video game movies all weekend. Really like what Alan Zilberman did with this not exactly review. I’ve been thinking about the Mortal Kombat movie since I read it.
Improv doesn’t do anything for me. Opera improv is something I didn’t know about until Diana Metzger wrote about it. I’m intrigued.
Toys ‘R’ Us is closing. It was inevitable. Here’s what I wanted at Toys ‘R’ Us when online shopping seemed impossible.
It’s been 6 months since Hurricane Maria cost Puerto Rico $100 billion in damage. It’s far from recovered. BYT contributor Josh Phelps has gone down to help a few times. We spoke about his experiences on this week’s BYT Radio. You can go down and help too. There are flights out of DCA for under $300 round trip.
Not on BYT
Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine’s cover story was 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going. The online layout is imaginative. Here’s your warning that the tracks autoplay snippets of the songs. If you’re only going to read a few essays, spend time on #1, Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” by Jamie Lauren Keiles and #11, Taylor Swift’s “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” by Amanda Hess.
The recent New Yorker feature on Donald Glover is worth your time. It’ll take some long. It’s a long read. It may take multiple sittings to finish. The line that’s stuck to me is near the end. After a conversation about race with the writer, he brings up what a Glover’s music manager told him. “White Donald would be James Franco—a guy doing a lot of different shit, none of it interesting.”
I’m trying to finish Thanks, Obama by David Litt on audiobook. I was sort of enjoying it and now I’m listening so I can say I finished it. Litt is very easy to dislike. Stay away.
The book I’m reading and enjoying is Haruki Murakami’s Men Without Women. It was given to me as a gift and also recommended to me from another friend because I am a stereotype of a male Murakami reader that lives in a bubble.
The ebook I’m struggling to finish is Keith Law’s Smart Baseball. It’s a perfectly fine book about stats and sabermetrics and judging based on flawed systems of rankings. I just want baseball season to begin.
I’m currently slogging through Marvel’s Civil War on Marvel Unlimited. I finished part 50 last night. It’s beginning to get good but damn, it’s a lot. The only other person in the BYT office that cares about comics, Cale, recommended some titles that lead to the massive Civil War story and I really enjoyed those, specifically X-Factor (2005) 1 through 7. I think I’m going back to Civil War week after week because when I can’t stand any more of Litt’s whining, Murakami’s inevitable sadness or Law’s analytical at America’s past time, it’s nice to looked as muscled men and women in tights fight each other over an unjust registration act. Anyway, Marvel Unlimited is one of the best reasons to own an iPad. If you have no interest in comic books, you still might be interested in Roxane Gay’s run as writer of World of Wakanda.