Favorite Things Today

Scowler by Daniel Kraus. Oh my god, this book, you guys. The writing is so brave, so generous, so full, so respectful of the audience. He believes we can handle everything he dishes at us, and we can. I never believe it's OK to censor difficult subjects, and neither does Daniel Kraus. I really think that it's only by staring those things straight in the face that we can push through to some kind of meaning. That's one of the most important things a novel can accomplish. I so appreciate it when an author realizes that idea to its full potential. 

I'd never listened to Tegan and Sara before, but after the 800th recommendation on Amazon and iTunes, I downloaded their newest album, Heartthrob. It's got such a genuine, non-phoney 80's-inspired feel, with really well-written lyrics. It's one of those albums that gets into your head and won't get out until you listen to it everyday for a month. Favorite song: "Drive Me Wild". 

Hagrid was hilarious

Like most of the internet, I spent a couple hours this weekend watching A Very Potter Senior Year, the final installment in the Harry Potter musical trilogy by Team Starkid. Though it was a little rough in a lot of ways, I think it may have been the best of the three. I wasn't in love with the "And now we all have to grow up and move on from Harry Potter," message toward the end (grow out of Harry Potter? The joy of Harry Potter is that anybody, of any age, can access and appreciate it. That's the beauty of any well-done MG or YA book), but I still had a lot of fun watching it. Highlights were Hagrid, Gilderoy Lockhart, and Moaning Myrtle. 

Until this week, I had never seen Veronica Mars (I say this with trepidation as I know there are certain corners of the internet where I could get crucified for that admission). But, after Twitter exploded with the news of the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter, I had to finally check it out. It's expectedly awesome. It feels exactly like watching a YA novel come to life on a TV screen. Great characters, plots, and especially awesome dialogue. This is actually horrendous timing, though, considering the recent deadline, but it's only, what, 66 episodes? Piece of cake.