Around Town, Vol. I: Lana & Lars


The problem isn’t finding the stuff, it’s finding the time. Maybe this is the curse of our era. In any case, I’ve plowed through enough pages, sights, and sounds in recent months to warrant briefly turning off Shark Tank. Everything on this list comes highly recommended, but not all for the same reasons. I’ll leave it to you to discover which are serious and which are total garbage, but rubbish worth watching/reading/hearing nonetheless. We all need a little Lana (Del Rey) to balance the Lars (von Trier).



In Praise of Shadows,” Junichiro Tanizaki (1977)

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” Walter Benjamin (1936)

Sacred and Profane,” Malcolm Gladwell (2014)

I’m Comic Sans, Asshole,” Mike Lacher (2010)


Long-er Reads:

Vagabonding, Rolf Potts (2002)

A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold (1949)

Daily Rituals, Mason Currey (2013)

Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl (1946)



When Brave Bird Saved,” Laura Marling

Estrada do Sol,” Elis Regina

Tropico,” Lana Del Rey


Long-er Sees:

Nymphomaniac Vol. I-II, Lars von Trier (2014)

Post Tenebras Lux, Carlos Reygadas (2012)

Jodorowsky’s Dune, Frank Pavich (2014)

Narco Cultura, Shaul Schwarz (2013)



Hot DreamsTimber Timbre (2014)

Lighght, Kishi Bashi (2014)

Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales (2012)

Recomposed: Vivaldi The Four Seasons, Max Richter (2012)


Live Listens:

Huun Huur Tu, Cambridge, MA

John Luther Adams, Become OceanCarnegie Hall, NY

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