Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Week in Pop: Whit's Fave Books, TV Shows and More

by Whitney Matheson)

The Week in Pop: Whit's fave books, TV shows and more

You've seen my favorite music of the week, and now it's time for the other stuff. In no particular order, here are the books, comics and more diversions that kept me on my toes:

1. The trailer for Wish I Was Here. When Garden State came out 10 years ago, everyone loved it. But now, for some reason, a lot of people look back on that film with disdain. Personally, I'm still a fan, and I'm eager to see Zach Braff's new film, which was funded via Kickstarter and appears to have a very Garden State-y look and tone.

Wish I Was Here - Official Trailer

2. Deer Teen Me. How have I been unaware of this site, on which authors pen letters to their teen selves? Cartoonist James Kochalka recently posted one with a sweet retro photo.

3. Sexplosionby Robert Hofler. Subtitled From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange: How A Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos, this fascinating new book details the rise in sex in popular culture from the late '60s (with Warhol's films) to the early '70s. I'm reading the Kindle version in order to avoid stares on the subway.

4. SPRZ NY. Uniqlo's limited-edition (and affordable) clothing line features shirts, jackets, pants, dresses, tote bags, bandanas — pretty much anything — inspired by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and other artists. It doesn't look like you can buy outside of New York, but (shhh) you can circumvent that and get a bunch of it on eBay.

5. Batman '66: Vol. 1. The first trade of DC's excellent series, written by Jeff Parker and with art by Richard Case, will take you right back to the classic Adam West series.

6. Sesame GO. Sesame Street just launched an on-demand video service where, for a low subscription fee, you can watch tons of classic and new videos in an "ad-free and child-friendly environment." Any parent knows those last two things really seal the deal.

7. Meat Cake. Dame Darcy's comic is one of my all-time favorites, so I was thrilled when I heard the first issue is now available for free on ComiXology. Grab it and enjoy the Victorian witches and that one lady who speaks via Pez messages. It's perfect. (Head to Fantagraphics to get it in print.)

8. @MagicRecs. Many of you are hip to this helpful Twitter feed, which alerts you when multiple people you follow are talking about the same thing. (It's particularly helpful if you're a journalist, I think.)

9. 2-Juice Minimum. Our pal Mark Malkoff puts on a comedy show in New York for kids 4-10. This week's guests are Morgan Spurlock and Janeane Garofalo, and Rachel Dratch and Perfect Strangers alum Mark Linn-Baker have also appeared. Next time you're in the Big Apple with a small person, check it out!

10. The new edition of Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up. Originally published in 1990, this updated paperback includes a new introduction by author Bob Colacello. This was the first Warhol biography I read; many others don't have the insider info Colacello was privy to.

11. Jeff Tweedy. From Portlandia to Parks and Rec, everything is coming up Tweedy this month. I hope he does a guest spot on Scandal next week.

Have an amazing weekend, everyone! Thank you so much for spending time on Pop Candy this week!