1. “Hip-Hop Evolution” on Netflix
This documentary series is about the history of hip-hop, and a perfect companion piece to Netflix’s “The Get Down,” which I also super love. It shows you how much “The Get Down” got right. I love old-school hip-hop, so this documentary series is my jam. Hip-hop originators Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa and more talk about the origins of hip-hop. Spoiler alert: Hip-hop was always political. It’s really good stuff. You should watch the series, and then download all the music. You’ll be happy you did.
2. Soup Weather
It’s soup weather, you guys! Awww yeah. Nothing makes me happier than making soup and then eating a huge bowl of it with warm crusty bread. It’s the fuckin’ best. And I don’t wanna brag, but I make really good soup. I’ve been making it a lot, and I think I’m getting good at it. I’ve got a few go-to recipes now from one of my three “Thug Kitchen” cookbooks, “Forks Over Knives” or “The Garden Of Vegan.”
3. My new saddle shoes
My new saddle shoes are my new favorite thing. They are so cute and comfortable. I got them from ModCloth (duh), and I think they make any outfit a little more fun.
4. “13th” on Netflix
My mighty, mighty good man David was traveling for work last week, so I did what I always do – pour a glass of wine and watch super-depressing documentaries. This time I watched “13th,” which examines the role of race in this country’s criminal justice system. It’s really interesting and oh-so frustrating. It’s not like we need something to make us feel even more frustrated and angry these days, but it’s worth watching. I highly recommend it.
5. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by Regina Spektor from the “Kubo And The Two Strings” soundtrack
I am in love with this cover of George Harrison’s classic. My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin is watching “Kubo And The Two Strings” a lot, and this song plays over the credits. By the way, if you haven’t seen the movie, you should see it. It’s really, really great. It’s so beautiful with a story that is so original. More than a few times the movie surprised me, including the end. How often does an animated movie surprise you? Probably not very often. I mean, were you really surprised that “Angry Birds” was terrible?
I am only about halfway through the book, but it’s the best book I’ve read about autism. It’s not about eliminating autistic behavior, it’s about understanding it. It’s the first book I’ve read that makes me say, “Oh, that’s Calvin. Oh, that’s Calvin, too. Yep. He does that. I get it.” If you have an autistic person in your life, I can’t recommend this book enough.