Time for the August favourites! This month, I liked:
Stranger Things (TV series)
Yes, everyone is watching or has already watched Stranger Things. That means that I am not going to write too much about this very awesome Netflix TV series. Basically, Stranger Things is about Will, a 12-year-old kid (or so) who goes missing after a board game night at his friend’s. And, obviously, it is also (and mainly) about the search for Will: not only are his family and the town’s sheriff looking for him, his 3 best friends have also decided to find him no matter what. It is a very nice TV show to watch because it combines a little bit of everything: mystery, horror, thriller, super 80’s vibe, high school team drama… No matter what genre(s) you are into, you’ll find something that you’ll like in Stranger Things. It’s a very stylized TV show with great music and a very distinctive aesthetics – it is taking place in the 1980’s and the directors have been careful to put as many references as possible to this time in the show – but it doesn’t neglect the plot nor the characters. I really love most of the characters of this show, and that’s maybe one of the first time this happens. If you’re watching it/have already watched it, I would be curious to know what you think of it and if, like me, you can’t help yourself from thinking of E.T. when watching it.
One of the best podcast about books I have found so far! It’s smart, funny, entertaining and it makes you learn a lot of things. Each episode focuses on a specific book (and there is often another side chat or a “shelves pick”) but even if you haven’t read the book they are talking about or are not planning to read it, the episode remains interesting and entertaining. I think it’s mainly thanks to the guys who host this podcast: they are three friends from college who do a lot of cool things – Rider Strong is a director, screenwriter and actor, Julia Pistell is an author, a podcaster and a comedian, and Tod Goldberg is an author and journalist – and they have awesome discussions together. Most of the time, they offer us quite deep analyses on a book and anything related to this book, but the discussions are sometimes lighter and funnier. I like the fact that this podcast is mostly about serious/smart things but never takes itself too seriously. A lot of different genres are reviewed (it’s not only about literary fiction, far from it), and that’s also what makes this podcast interesting. That’s actually why Julia Pistell, Rider Strong and Tod Goldberg started this podcast in the first place: they wanted to talk about books that were not reviewed in The New York Times, books that are not necessarily on the best-selling lists or acclaimed in all the media. I’d recommend two episodes in particular to start with this podcast (apart from their intro episode, obviously): A Christmas Romance, where these three guys read a romance novel from the first time (just hilarious!), and Pictures from A Revolution.
William Eggleston (photographer)
Finally, I have discovered William Eggleston‘s work this month, thanks to an exhibition I went to see at the National Portrait Gallery. If you’re living in London, I wouldn’t especially recommend this “William Eggleston Portraits” exhibition: it’s very expensive for few photographs to see. But at least it allowed me to discover a great photographer and I am grateful for that. If you like photography, you probably already know him. Otherwise, to keep it short: William Eggleston is an American photographer born in 1939, who is now considered as a pioneer of contemporary photography – but for a very long time, critics said that his work was banal and absolutely uninteresting. He is especially famous for having given a real legitimacy to colour photography. From the early 1970’s, he started using a printing process called “dye-transfer printing” for his colour photographs, which gave them greater colour intensity. His photographs had ordinary subject matters (but I have the feeling it’s the case of a lot of photographers I like!) and most of the photographs I saw in this exhibition had been taken in Memphis, where Eggleston was born and brought up. Enough chit-chat, I’ve put below some of my favourite photographs from Eggleston.
As always, please feel free to let me know of any interesting thing you’ve recently discovered 🙂
See you soon!