Can you feel it? Spring, my favorite time of year, is imminent and I couldn’t be more ready or happier about it. It’s getting darker later, the blizzards are behind us, and New York is getting restless and randy, despite the promise of a week or two more of chilly weather. Good things are just around the corner, folks, so I thought I’d do a round-up of some of the stuff out there this week that’s putting a spring in my step as we head into a new season.
This list of 54 classic, long-gone breakfast cereals made me happy, snacky, and nostalgic. Powdered Donuts! S’mores! Ice Cream Cones! Why not just a bowl of Snickers bars covered in half & half? I remember many of these. And I’m loving Pac-Man cereal with missing children, video game characters and building set/Lego & Erector set hybrid.
One of my very favorite movies of all time (and still, I think, the best relationship movie ever made) turns 10 this week and prepare for the retrospective tributes to be popping up this week. I love this movie. It’s exceedingly imaginative, beautiful, and ultimately heartbreaking (or affirming?), and it’s the finest hour for Carrey, Winslet, Gondry and everyone else involved.
The War On Drugs have just released this week what will probably end up being my favorite album of the year Lost In The Dream and, to my surprise (because albums that sound like this don’t usually get this level of praise not because it doesn’t deserve it), it’s getting raves across the board. And I’m talking best of the decade kinds of raves. I couldn’t be happier about that because it really is a perfect record and as original and fresh as it is evocative of 80s-era Petty, Henley, Dylan, Dire Straits, Springsteen, etc. Enjoy Red Eyes, above. The rest of the album is even better. Can’t wait to see them live tomorrow night.
Kate Ascher is one of my favorite authors and her new book is out tomorrow. Her previous books about urban engineering include the fascinating visual explorations of the inner-workings of cities (The Works) and skyscrapers (The Heights), and this time around, in The Way To Go, Kate explores transportation. If you’re into “how things work” geekiness, her books are for you. Check out an excerpt here.