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Do’s and Don’ts

DO read: While spending a few days camping on Long Beach back in July, the missus and I found ourselves in a charming used book store. We left with a stack of titles—one of which, a first U.S. edition of Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, I finished over the weekend. Highly recommended (the campground, the shop, and the book).

DON’T watch: Just because the great Rutger Hauer is in Hobo with a Shotgun doesn’t make it worth your time. The “Canadian-American black comedy action exploitation film” is neither funny nor particularly good as a mindless beat-em-up flick. In fact, it’s pretty damn awful.

DO listen: On the recent news of Keith Jarrett’s retirement, I can’t stress enough the need for more of y’all to become familiar with his music. Doug Martin does an amazing job of helping newbies navigate the uncertain terrain. If I had to suggest only one, however, it might be The Köln Concert—easily one of my Desert Island Discs.

DON’T get involved: Ever think that maybe—just maybe—one of the reasons we’re in such a sorry state of affairs is that neither of America’s two dominant political parties takes leadership and governing as seriously as they ought to? Let’s not reward them with something they’ve long taken for granted: our votes.

DO cuddle up with a good movie this weekend: Halloween is Saturday, so maybe it’s time to revisit some old horror favorites, like An American Werewolf in London or The Wicker Man (the 1973 original, not the 2006 Nicolas Cage version). Or maybe get to know some of the newer fare, like The Visit, Hereditary, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Midsommar, or The Witch.

“DON’T hate nobody”: Words of wisdom from Eubie Blake.



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