In the second edition of the Stroke of Inspiration: a light rom-com novel, a racy Vatican drama, a podcast about dying, and a mysterious documentary.
Attachments: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell is written from the perspective of Lincoln, a guy in his 20's whose job is to read the emails of employees at a newspaper. In true rom-com fashion he falls in love with one of the author's of those emails, Beth, just by reading her emails. I know, I know, roll your eyes. But it's actually a cute, quick read, that's somehow better than it sounds.
This show is my guilty pleasure.
The Borgias (2011-2013/2 seasons) is a historical fiction TV series by ShowTime that follows the Borgias (billed as "the original crime family") on their journey to the top of the Roman Catholic church, and their impact (sort of historically accurate) on history. I'm a sucker for period dramas, and this is one of the juiciest, raciest ones I've ever seen.
Watch it if nothing else than to see Jeremy Irons nail it, for the beautiful opening credits, and for the historical costumes and sets.
This shrimp, asparagus, and lemon tortellini recipe by Robin Gagnon is heaven.
Rich, citrusy, seafood heaven.
If I had to make a list of documentaries that I will never forget, the cinematography and content of which have stayed with me to today, Into Eternity (2010) is at the top of that list.
I almost think it's better if you go into it not knowing what it's about. But here are some hints: I first heard of it in a philosophy of communications class. And it will change the way you think about energy sources forever.
When I finished listening to the "How Dying Works" podcast by Stuff You Should Know I was
a) blown away that we don't learn this stuff in school and
b) determined to make everyone I know listen to it.
Because everyone dies, and doesn't it make sense that we should know how it works? And how to be around dying people? Did you know there are stages of dying? That touch is your last sense to leave you? I had no idea. This podcast rocked my world.