Gentle Readers, welcome! It’s time for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With. Previous installments can be found here, here, here,here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
I discovered this Tumblr about a week ago, and I love it. My mom (who is an Austen fanatic) and I spent more time than I’m willing to admit scrolling through the blog, laughing and reminiscing about some of our favorite Austen adaptations. Very funny, very smart, and super entertaining.
2. Homeland Season 1
I’ve been watching this excellent series for a little while now, and it’s so tense and so exceedingly well done that I find myself thinking about the characters long after an episode has ended. Claire Danes plays a FBI agent convinced that an American soldier/prisoner of war has turned and is a spy for terrorist forces. As she gets more embroiled in her obsession of proving she’s right, the soldier struggles with post-traumatic stress and readjusting to family life. This isn’t ordinarily my type of show, but it is so good, you guys. So good.
3. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
Admittedly, this band is not for everyone. Often characterized as noise-pop/dance punk, their sound is a little alienating to the casual music listener. However, I believe their sound grows on you (kind of like a fungus). Their new album has a bit of an evolution of sound for them, but it’s still pretty ridiculous.
Here’s the video for Comeback Kid (it’s kind of weird):
4. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
This one isn’t really a good kind of obsession. I’ve been thinking about the end of Delirium since I finished it about a week ago, and I can’t shake the feeling of disappointment it left me with. I knew–knew–how the second book would end when I finished the first book over a year ago, but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t sort of crushed that my predictions were right. I wanted Oliver to subvert expectations and make some really smart, really good commentary about youth and love and all that–and she took the safest, most predictable route ever.
Obviously I’m not going to go into detail because I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it, but damn.
You may have heard about this documentary–it’s been getting some attention since the MPAA rated it R and caused an outrage, since slapping an R-rating on a movie like this pretty much guarantees that it can’t be shown in schools. There was a petition to get the rating changed, the Weinstein brothers have talked about taking a break from screening their movies for the MPAA, and people, in general, are worked up about this whole thing. As well they should be. I think the MPAA is worthless, corrupt, and totally unnecessary. At any rate, the movie looks absolutely heartbreaking.