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Monday’s Watch, Listen, Read

An ongoing series where I share what I’m watching, listening to, and reading. Here are this Monday’s picks:

Watch

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.’

Listen

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.

Read

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.

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Monday’s Watch, Listen, Read

Watch

As evidenced by last Monday’s post, I have a bunch of cool friends doing really awesome things — all of which seem to be happening during the month of September. Galt Niederhoffer is no exception.  Galt is a writer/producer/director and one of the co-founders of Plum Pictures. She’s truly one of my inspirations.

Three years ago, Galt and I met up for lunch. That day, she had just learned St. Martin’s Press was picking up her second book, THE ROMANTICS, and that she was pregnant with her second child. It was truly a day of celebration. We toasted over sandwiches and water. Then, when we went to pay the check, found out a mystery man had already paid for us. We never discovered the identity of the man, but he added a little excitement and intrigue to a convivial lunch.

A year later, we were standing on Chelsea rooftop toasting the publication of THE ROMANTICS. Shortly after, Galt started writing the script based on her novel and, just last year, she was behind the camera directing her film adaptation of THE ROMANTICS. This also happened to be her directorial debut. I cannot imagine how mind-blowing it is to go from the very, very beginning of an idea’s gestation to sculpting the entire journey, by hand. I again raise my (virtual) glass to Galt. To romantic notions, second books and first times, dreams come true, and the greatest feeling of satisfaction. All hugs, my friend.

Listen

This pick comes from the Top 25 Most Played songs on my iTunes. Paul Simon is one of my favorites. He’s more than a musician, he’s a storyteller. Each song is its own short story. Simply beautiful.

Read

To be honest, I have a love/”meh” relationship with Jonathan Franzen’s writing. I like it, but I also really want to edit him. His descriptions are both incredibly detailed and incredibly wordy. It sometimes drive me nuts to read long, drawn-out prose. However, the heart of the story always gets me in the end.

When I attended Franzen’s reading at the Union Square Barnes & Noble last week, his wordiness irritated me a little less than when I read THE CORRECTIONS eight years ago. Either I’m growing up or becoming immune to his overuse of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Whatever it is, I hope it gets me through the entire book.