Friday five

October 5, 2018

ONE || A Star is Born

Bradley Cooper kills. Lady Gaga slays. Though it follows the same formula as the other three iterations (with Janet Gaynor in 1937, Judy Garland in 1954, and Barbra Streisand in 1976), Cooper’s directorial debut of A Star is Born deals with pop vs rock, female vs male, and selling out vs artistic integrity. If you weren’t a Lady Gaga or Bradley Cooper fan before this movie, you will be when you leave.

This is an event movie—the first in a long time—and I have a feeling many a pre-teen will leave the theater with a marriage proposal for Bradley Cooper and/or Lady Gaga.

But you guys, the music; oh, the music is amazing.

TWO || Silent in the Grave

The first in the Lady Julia Grey murder mystery series, written by Deanna Raybourn, Silent in the Grave is a pretty interesting, intriguing read. It’s great for that fall feeling since it’s set in Victorian-era London. I can just feel the fog and strict social conventions. At well over 500 pages, it falls victim to the same complaint I have about all whodunits: 98% exposition, 2% resolution.

THREE || Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

This YouTube channel is sheer delight. Though the content tends to be a tad depressing, the cartoons really make the informative, oft-scientific information easier to understand and digest. Dealing with topics like space, time, and history, these videos are really entertaining, and Brian and I find ourselves watching them more often than not.

My favorites are The Size of Life (and The Size of Life 2) and Moon Base: How We Could Build a Base on the Moon Today.

FOUR || Indoor Smores

Indoor smores, y’all. Enough said.

FIVE || Things to Do in New Orleans

An encompassing guide from Trek Bible, this guide to New Orleans is thorough and informative (even for a NOLA local I’d imagine). I’ll be in New Orleans in March, and I cannot wait to visit a couple of these new-to-me, intriguing spots..

I’m adding Faulkner House Books (I had no idea William Faulkner rented rooms in the city, let alone in “America’s Most Charming Bookstore”) and F&F Botanical to my to-visit list.