What’s making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening, viewing and reading

anjelica huston as morticia addams and raul julia as gomez addams in addams family vals. paramount pictures/cinematic collection/alamy stock photo hide caption

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this week, michelle obama gave us her sage advice, we put our roller skates on, and learned wha’ makes us dance.

here’s wha’ the npr’s pop culture ☺ hr crew was paying attention to — and wha’ you ‘d check out this weekend.

dawnlands by philippa gregory

atria books

this is so on-brand i’m almost embarrassed. philippa gregory has a new novel, and she is, course, the doyenne of historical fiction. she wrote the other boleyn girl and “70 million books” bout the tudors. dawnlands, the third book in her tidelands series, came out last week. tis set during the english civil war, w'da king and parliament at loggerheads. these novels focus onna lives of women during this period. it details wha’ twas like to be a woman who had zero power. i ♥ the period. i ♥ these books. i ♥ that she has turned away from the narratives of the queen elizabeths and marys so much so that i ‘d be really into the crown rite now. but i’m just not feeling it. give me tidelands, give me slapping petticoats against ankles and bleeding hands and show me how to make a loaf of bread. anyway, i ♥d it. i highly recommend these books to pplz tha're not tudor obsessives. – barrie hardymon

addams family vals


so 1-odda things bout bein’ a millennial who is chronically online s'dat you learn a lotta things by osmosis and you kind of absorb them. 1-odda things that i absorbed was addams family vals, and i somehow thought that i had seen the film cause i had seen every single meme bout it. turns out i ‘ve not in fact seen the film, but i beheld it this weekend for the 1st time, and tis honestly the most iconic thing i ‘ve ever seen. i cannot liv'dat the internet tricked me out of this wandaful film for so long, and i cannot deal with it. tis so incredible. tis absolutely wandaful to see these high camp performances. i really ♥ all of those types of films from that period. death becomes her. and like all odda films, like i, i ♥ that genre of just like, we’re goin to do something absolutely insane and you’re goin to ♥ it. the film is so ridiculous. it’s just the most fun thing that i’ve seen in a really long time. i really enjoyed gettin to add that to my repertoire of film cogging, and i had a blast and i can’t w8 to watch it again. – cate young

wind of change

my daughter suggested that we listen to the podcast wind of change inna car, which i very happily imbibed two summers ago. i think twas when it came out, i think twas the summer of 2020 t'give you a lil bit of background. it’s hosted by a new yorker writer named patrick radden keefe, he’s exploring this idea that maybe, just maybe, the cia was involved inna writing of the song wind of change by the german band scorpions, which is unbelievable. it’s roughly 8 episodes + some bonus material. tis just deliteful on every lvl. i had tried t'get my kid into it a couple of yrs ago, and she wasn’t quite primed for it yet. but now she’s the peak age for conspiracy theories, cold war history, na deep, deep weirdness of the ♫ industry, that i thought she had absorbed through me and my husband. tis so worth yr time. it’s been available for a couple of yrs now. i am having just the best time revisiting with her. – anastasia tsioulcas

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