Friday, January 20, 2012

Not-as-cheap Thrills: 5 Recommendations for a Winter Weekend

This game. As long as you don't mind a vague haze of inappropriateness (e.g. the card "Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment") But be prepared to start adopting the game's language: "I'm eating cereal of great crunchiness," "Can you please take out the garbage of extraordinary grossness?"
This band. If you like dark, muscular, strangely beautiful folk music.
This novel for grown-ups. But it's sad.
This book for kids who love to draw. Birdy uses it constantly.
This book for families who like to sit and look at beautiful, funny, tender, melancholy images. We've already given it many times as a gift.

Have a lovely weekend.



  1. "The Grief of Others" is sad, but also kind of hopeful and beautiful. I loved it.

  2. Oh! Just on a cursory first listen, I LOVE the sound of Brown Bird. Thank you! (Can I return the favor? Do you know the Canadian band Metric? The song "Help I'm Alive" is on the soundtrack of my life.)

  3. I just finished reading The Grief of Others a few days ago. It was wonderful! I think you and I have similar tartes in books, as I've read (and enjoyed) a few others that you recommended (In Zanesville is one that comes to mind).
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  4. I love this list. I may have just found a new card game, book (the illustrated one), and band to add to my list of favourite things.

  5. Thank you for posting this list. I am definitely going to try Munchkin. Sounds like fun.

  6. Not sure if you've already done this or not....?

    But I would really appreciate a music version of your book and game suggestions. I enjoyed the band you linked in this post, so I'm guessing that maybe you have some other good ideas as well. I'm getting bored of my playlist.

  7. You've discovered Munchkin! Yay! We have Munchkin Booty, Munchkin Chuthulu, and regular Munchkin and my oldest loves them!

  8. We almost bought a Munchkin game for another family for Christmas, but my husband thought it might be too violent. Knowing you like it, though, I might insist on getting it for us :)

    Also, I really like the like to Brown Bird. It made me wonder if you have heard the album Hadestown? You must have....

  9. Hi Catherine,
    Whenever I come here, I get at least seventeen good ideas. I just library-reserved all of the books you mentioned most recently, and plan to make tuna melts/get english muffin rings throughout the week. Thank you for being the source.

  10. Anonymous10:10 AM

    I bought The Grief of Others and am almost finished. It's great! Thanks for the recomendation!

  11. Have you read this? And what do you think?

    or maybe just: Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities
    if the link doesn't work.