An ongoing series where I share what I’m watching, listening to, and reading. Here are this Monday’s picks:
I’ve wanted to see this movie since the trailer came out, but I just got around to it now. Yes, it’s a teen comedy. However, it’s smart, funny and even appealing to adults. I don’t think I’ve seen anything this good in the teen comedy genre since Ten Things I Hate About You or Clueless. It’s neck-in-neck with Mean Girls, though the main character in “Easy A” (Olive) is way more appeal because she’s not as apologetic for who she is — a testament to both the writing and the actress who portrays Olive, Emma Stone. This movie is also filled with fun cameo performances from Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, Fred Armisen, Lisa Kudrow, and Thomas Haden Church, The writing is so smart and so, so tight, which is probably why it’s such a diamond among all the cubic zirconia out there. We have writer Bert Royal to thank for that. He also has the best imdb page trivia ever:
Won the Clay County Spelling Bee in 6th Grade only to lose a shot at Nationals by misspelling a ridiculously easy word that he will never misspell again as long as he lives – ‘Buccaneer.’
I’m slowly weaning myself off of the Christmas music, so until that process is complete, I’m giving you an old favorite. I’ve been obsessed with this song since Girl’s Gone Child posted it on her blog. I listen to it while walking in the rain, the snow, during the fall … pretty much anytime and at least once a week. It reminds me of a lullaby. Love.
Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubb’s Food52 is the most interactive food website on the internet. I’ve followed Food52 since their site launch and it has overtaken Epicurious as my go-to food site on the web. The site is a font of culinary information. The website’s focal point is to cultivate an “online community cookbook,” where home cooks submit their best recipe, depending on the theme for the week. The recipes are edited down to a few main contenders and then the site’s audience vote on their favorite. After 52 weeks, Amanda and Merrill had enough recipes for their first cookbook (which will be published, in hard copy form, by HarperCollins). Food52 also became a place for lively, culinary-related conversation and source to get all of your food-related questions answered in real-time (via their Food Pickle section). If you’re a home cook or just love reading about food and finding new recipes, the Food52 website is definitely a must-read.