Welcome to the brand spankin' new recommends section brought to you by
Slicey. *waves at everyone* Hello all, Slicey here. I had some free time on
my hands (haha) and thought I would share with you my favorite picks in
books, CDs, movies, and so on. As luck would have it, I spend my days
working for a major book retailer, so I am constantly reading books,
listening to new CDs and hearing about the next cool box set of DVDs to be
released. Since I get paid to read (well, I guess that's not what they
technically pay me to do), I can weed through the heaps of titles all those
best-seller lists throw at you and give you my favorites each month.
Sometimes they'll be popular and well-known and other times they will be
more obscure. All I know for sure is that these are some of the things that
I enjoy in my free time, and I hope you will too.
With the exception of the short-lived
Young Americans, this series easily takes that title. Wonderfalls
is a quirky, funny, light drama/dark comedy that could easily beat out
Dead Like Me for most sarcastic and apathetic lead character in a
TV series. That is, if FOX hadn't axed the critically acclaimed series
after shoving it in a terrible timeslot.
The main character, Jaye, is a classic
Gen Y slacker - overeducated and underemployed. With a degree from Brown
and a family of overachievers, Jaye nevertheless takes a go-nowhere-job
working for a gift shop at Niagara Falls and chooses to live in a
trailer. When the figurines in the gift shop start talking to her,
Jaye thinks she's going crazy, but soon learns that when she follows the
advice of the inanimate objects things in her life (and the lives of
others) turn out for the better.
Jaye's sister as a semi-closeted lesbian - at least a few hilarious
scenes to be had when watching her.
*If you live in NYC you can see a
marathon screening "Falling for Wonderfalls" of all 13 episodes on
Saturday and Sunday, January 29 and 30, 2005, at 12:30 p.m. at the
Museum of TV & Radio
The newest CD by popular song-writer Ani DiFranco give the listener a
slightly different sound then what she is used to.
This is DiFranco's
15th album and it shows in the polished lyrics and guitar rhythms. This
is a great addition to your CD collection.
Buy the CD now from
Amazon and you don't have to wait days for the mail to come -
receive the entire album to download and listen to
Tracks to check out
first: Recoil, Modulation, and Seeing Eye Dog.
This book was one of those
amazing reads that I couldn't put down. An accomplished novelist, Jodi
Picoult weaves a modern tale of morality - right and wrong - black and
white. Where do you draw the line?
When a child is stricken with leukaemia,
her parents create a "designer" baby, specifically crafted to
save her older sister's life. What would your life be like when you've
always lived it for the benefit of someone else?
Told in the first person narrative by
several different characters, this story draws the reader in and asks
you to make the choice "what would you do?" A hard decision to
face in a world with shades of grey.
Since picking up this album, I've read
several reviews praising it, but all were by long-time Indigo Girls
fans. In all honesty I have never truly listened to Emily Sailers and
Amy Ray before (except for the occasional tune on the radio), and I know
very little about their previous albums.
So, from a first-time fan I am
recommending this CD because it's filled with catchy tunes and great
melodies. When the girls harmonize it makes you want to cry, the sound
is so beautiful. Listening to each tune is like reading a poem from a
long-lost friend or lover. I've listened to this one so much that the
songs are constantly in my head, yet I can't wait to get home and listen
Hands down the BEST
lesbian movie I have ever had the privilege of watching. Screenwriter
Andrew Davies calls it "Pride and Prejudice with dirty
bits." I simply call it wonderful.
Beautifully adapted from Sarah Waters' novel
(die-hards should read the book first), this 3-part BBC mini-series
tells the story of oyster girl Nan Astley who dreams of more than her
world can offer her.
She finds more than she bargains for
when she follows drag (king) performer Kitty Butler to the rowdy streets
of Victorian London. Here we read the ups and downs of Nan's life as she
struggles to make it in her newly discovered queer world.
Each part of this book/film is a
startling discovery - more fun to experience the less you know about it.
Whether you read the novel first or watch the movie, you should make a
point to do both. This title should be in every book & movie lover's
LOOKING FORWARD TO
The title I'm most anticipating is next
month's release of Ellen: Season One on DVD. Originally titled
"These Friends of Mine" the show was later remade with a
different cast of supporting actors, but it's the same Ellen we all know
and love. No matter who you surround her with, Ms. DeGeneres is
always hilarious, and I'm sure this DVD will be a blast to watch.
Special Features include:
Commentary by Holly Fulger and Arye
Gross on the pilot
Two bonus episodes filmed during the
first season but broadcast during the third season
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