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Followup after watching last episode of Succession
Our little gang is watching the last episode of Succession tonight. (No spoilers please!) What are some good videos or articles that we could read or watch to spur on our discussion of the ending and the series as a whole, after tonight's viewing?
Newish novel with Bear on cover, male protagonist who moves to Maine?
I remember seeing a book in a few NYC bookstores this January that I meant to add to my reading list, do you know the title? Protagonist is guy who drifts through life, ends up moving to Maine at the end I think? There is a bear on the cover. [more inside]
What streaming series will I enjoy based on one scene in Barry I liked?
Just finished the fourth season of Barry and was disappointed. Too dark and lacking in insights that meant anything to me or humor or drama that felt original. What got me hooked was some of the off-beat humor in earlier seasons--in particular a scene where a (lesbian) couple is breaking up as we see Henry Winkler out the window being attacked one by one by dozens of dogs (final reason given for break-up "you just have too many dogs.") Anyhoo, based on that one positive and one negative pieces of evidence, would appreciate recommendations for other shows.
Italian history podcasts
Can you recommend podcasts about the history of Italy? Preferably available on Spotify. Grazie mille.
Can anyone ID the name of this artist?
I've been trying different variations for an hour or so with no luck. [more inside]
Overview of the contemporary art scene?
I'm looking for an overview of the contemporary art world that answers questions like: How does someone go from art school to selling a piece for six/seven figures? How many works of art will a gallery sell in a year? How predictable is success in the art world? How do gallerists scout new talent? [more inside]
Maltesers chocolate ad from the 80s/90s
Was my childhood a complete lie or was there a Maltesers chocolate ad in the 80s or 90s featuring Flashdance... What a Feeling (YT link) where upon having some Maltesers, this person starts dancing, on the walls! on the ceiling! with great lightness! [more inside]
looking for a slideshow about brand attributes I once saw
I saw a presentation/slideshow a while back. It had a description of a brand's attributes, and then (on another page) the brand's logo. It was made to point out how a well-built brand is recognizable just from its attributes. [more inside]
Recent Rhyming Poetry
I'm looking for recent poetry to help teach English intonation. I've looked at various poetry sites and books, but most seem to be free verse. Are there any relevant anthologies? Specific examples also welcome!
If I really like this song , what other songs am I likely to like?
If I like VOYAGER - "Promise" - Perth Symphony Orchestra X INNEKA (Electric String Version), what other songs am I likely to like?
Podcast recs for WTF and Armchair fan?
I'm a fan of WTF with Marc Maron and Armchair Expert with Dax Shephard. Looking for more podcasts! [more inside]
It's time for the awards!
Have you/your organisation ever run an awards program? What strategies have you found that help or hinder the management of your awards program? [more inside]
More books that feel like nightmares, please
I just finished reading Graham Greene's The Ministry of Fear, which I very much enjoyed. It reminded me strongly of Geoffrey Householder's Rogue Male, which I also recently reread. What other books like these should I read? [more inside]
"Toreador" breakfast TV ad from the 80s?
I have bits of this ad stuck in my head, I think it was some chain restaurant (a la Denny's), featuring a chef singing a version of "Toreador" about their new breakfast (sandwich?) as he prepares it. [more inside]
Short story about a man thwarted and framed by automated support system
Trying to remember a sci-fi story I read decades ago about a man trying to resolve some issue (with tech support?) but is thwarted by the automated system. [more inside]
Transatlantic Song Identification
What song is the band playing in Transatlantic episode 3 ("The Wilderness") during the party, from about 33:10 to 33:50? Here's a recording. [more inside]
Who is Sebastian Lee?
Sebastian Lee, played by Thomas Chaanhing, is a single episode character on Transatlantic. He is portrayed as a filmmaker but I cannot find him in real life. Any idea who he was or who the character is based on?
Help me remember title and author of this old sf story
Crew-cut human space explorers land on a planet and discover nothing but a lot of very cute, friendly dogs — some of whom the humans adopt. At some point, one of the space explorers realizes that canine cuteness and friendliness might be a sophisticated evolutionary strategy to get humans to take care of canine needs. One of the dogs intercepts this thought and successfully plots to kill the human who has discovered the canine plot. The end.
Help me remember a film I saw, which included a Romani wedding
This is a fairly recent movie, and I watched it somewhere in the past 5 years. It's nothing to do with the "Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" series, and it's not an Emir Kusturica movie. I'm pretty sure it was subtitled, and takes place in Eastern / Central Europe. Details I remember inside. [more inside]
Do writers generally do book tours/how do I find out?
Lorrie Moore has a novel coming out in I think June. I would really like to get my battered copy of Birds of America that I've read a thousand times signed if she does a book tour but do established writers well into their careers even do that? If so, how do I find out where/when?