Longing to escape the Massachusetts hometown that has always blamed their family for whatever goes wrong, Gillian and Sally respectively marry and run away but are drawn back by a seemingly magical force. Reprint. NYT. [more inside]
Hoooo boy. We're all up in death and dying's bizness and to Alie's shock, it's not a bummer. Confront and perhaps OVERCOME existential anxiety as we discuss not only the science of death but the nature and goddamn beauty of life. Everything from burial methods, the latest in eco funerals, what a funeral director hates most, how gnomes die, and how to regret less. Meet your new favorite thanatologist and oddly, get the guts to be the you you want to be. [more inside]
SGU Stargate Universe: Time Rewatch Season 1, Ep 8
During a mission to a jungle planet, the crew finds a Kino from the future with a recording that shows their deaths. [more inside]
Book 4 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
What makes a movie part of Heist Movie Club? [more inside]
Last Week Tonight S03E01 Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at age 79. Chipotle restaurants face federal investigations over food safety. (LWT produced a small commercial for them.) Main story: Voting (YouTube 14m), and the increased obstacles put in place to make it harder for US citizens to vote in elections. And Now: Newscasters Using Entirely The Wrong Tone. New Zealand's Prime Minister Steven Joyce is smacked in the head by a thrown phallus and is thereafter nicknamed by the New Zealand Herald "Dildo Baggins." Joyce tweeted to send it the GIF to John Oliver to get it over with -- and so they put the image on a flag, and gave the flag to Peter Jackson to wave. And then things got weird.... Yes that's right: Last Week Tonight is back! [more inside]
Adam Ruins Everything: The First Season Season 1, Ep 0
Adam starts with why diamond engagement rings are bad and takes us on a journey through charity, sex, hygiene, and finally death. [more inside]
Fishing with John: Maine with Willem Dafoe Season 1, Ep 4
John Lurie and Willem Dafoe brave the elements to go ice fishing in Maine. [more inside]
‘Step-‘, as in stepparents or stepchildren, originated in grief. Family structures have evolved, but are stepmothers now so tainted by fairytale associations with the word ‘wicked’ that we need new terminology? Lore’s Aaron Mahnke stops by to describe the lovelessness, literary tropes and life expectancy around ‘step-‘. [more inside]
Shameless (US): Simple Pleasures Season 4, Ep 1
At the beginning of season 4, Debbie is a surly teenager, Lip is starting college, Fiona and Mike are adjusting to their new relationship, V finds out she’s pregnant, and Ian is missed. [more inside]
Some information is so big and so complicated that it seems impossible to talk to kids about. This week, stories about the vague and not-so-vague ways to teach children about race, death and sex - including a story about colleges responding to sexual assault by trying to teach students how to ask for consent. Also, a story about how and when to teach kids about the horrors of slavery and oppression in America.
Conversations with a death row inmate and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. [more inside]
Silicon Valley: Sand Hill Shuffle Season 2, Ep 1
Riding the wave of a TechCrunch Disrupt win, Richard and Erlich meet with multiple venture capitalists to negotiate their way to the best deal for Pied Piper. Gilfoyle and Dinesh argue about who is CTO, and Jared still isn't allowed in meetings. [more inside]
"How to Die in Oregon" is an intimate and personal look at the Death with Dignity laws in Oregon. The documentary primarily follows the final months of Cody Curtis, a 54 year-old cancer patient and mother of two, with her decision regarding her end-of-life planning. [more inside]
No one disputes that it's against the law to take another person's life, but is it against the law to sit with someone and watch while they commit suicide? We meet an elderly woman who sneaks around the country as an "exit guide." [more inside]
Shameless (US): Parenthood Rewatch Season 2, Ep 8
Fiona and Lip agree that Fiona will get her GED, and Lip will go back to high school after dropping out for a week. Frank walks in on Ian and Mickey having sex in the Kash & Grab. [more inside]
Shameless (US): Father’s Day Rewatch Season 2, Ep 5
Sheila has regressed — she’s staying in her bedroom and won’t even leave to use the bathroom. Frank: “Even Osama had to come out of his cave once in a while.” Sheila: “And look what happened to him.” [more inside]
Shameless (US): Father Frank, Full of Grace Rewatch Season 1, Ep 12
In the Season 1 finale, Eddie and Lip separately hunt down Frank … [more inside]
A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.
The Knick: The Golden Lotus Season 1, Ep 9
Thackery does lots of coke. Everett prescribes an emetic to someone with an eating disorder. Barrow gets salt water from his loan shark instead of cocaine. Disregarding the evidence in front of his nose, Bertie hits on Nurse Elkins and she gaslights him. Bertie also refuses to admit that Thackery is a hop-head. There is one patient in The Knick who doesn't care that Dr. Edwards is black. Finally, we learn that 'golden lotus' means foot not a portion of a woman's nether regions. [more inside]
The Knick: The Busy Flea Season 1, Ep 3
Doc Edwards loses a patient and his composure. Thackery uses cocaine and is inspired by an insipid Southern accent. Barrows lies, cheats, and steals. A contagion is brewing.
The Knick: Mr. Paris Shoes Season 1, Ep 2
Dr. Williams starts a side gig because, compassion. He gets into a fight because, badass. His fellow surgeons keep killing patients and break into someone's personal medical library to forestall admitting they need Williams' expertise. Thackery does more coke. In hock to the local leg breaker, Mr. Barrows, the hospital administrator, steals from the electrical contractors causing fires, outages, and the death of nurse Not-Lucy.
Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.
Those two men are still hunting down Frank and threatening to maim him over $6,000, so he decides to fake his own death. [more inside]
Game of Thrones: The Lion and the Rose Season 4, Ep 2
The second episode of the fourth season is the only one this season written by George R.R. Martin himself and mostly covers the events leading up to the royal wedding at King's Landing. [more inside]