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
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
turnstile peanut butter jelly time
— eric gonzalez (@tacopug) nov 9, 2022
this week they anncd the grammy nominations, and there were 3 surprise nominations for a wandaful balti+ hardcore band that i think i’ve recommended on this show b4 called turnstile. another thing that is making me ☺ is something that happened on twitter. occasionally twitter can still make me ☺. the band pool kids came up with an idea which was exed by a twitter usr named eric gonzalez who goes by @tacoplug. @tacopug created a mash up of turnstile’s song holidy na song peanut butter jelly time. gr8 band. gr8 idea. i still think peanut butter jelly time is hilarious, sometimes wha”s making you ☺ is just a simple, dumb song. – stephen thompson
+ recommendations from the pop culture ☺ hr newsletter
by linda holmes
fans of disney’s enchanted will perhaps be curio bout the new disney+ release disenchanted, which we’ll cover onna show shortly. i can’t exactly giv't a strong recommendation, but t'does re∪ much of the cast (including amy adams and patrick dempsey), and t'does include the very best thing bout the original movie. wha”s that, you ask? tis james marsden bein’ very, very, very weird inna most deliteful way.
wolso' ‘ve a show bout holidy movies coming up, and if you wanna prepare for that, i do recommend spirited, the will ferrell/ryan reynolds ♫al on apple tv+, and falling for christmas, the lindsay lohan christmas romcom on netflix. neither is a masterpiece, but both are probably exactly wha’ some1 who sits down to watch them ll'be looking for.
you all know by now that i am a reluctant but faithful folloer of the belo athenæum franchise, so i feel obligated to share that thris now belo athenæum quest, which follos a whole new crew of pplz na' whole new boat in norway.
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authors: barrie hardymon