This may become a regular-ish feature on my site, but here are three pieces of media that I am currently a little obsessed with:
1. The Mountain Goats – We Shall All Be Healed
When the little stereo in the kitchen isn’t tuned to NPR, it’s playing We Shall All Be Healed on repeat. It’s a perfect album for singing along to while I’m cooking dinner or doing dishes. I’m digging lyrics like “the ghosts that haunt your building have been learning how to breath”, but the maudlin subject matter is lightened by energetic beats. I can’t get enough of it.
2. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
There is no reason why a book based on one of Marvel’s most ridiculous characters should be as good as this, but it is. Ryan North delivers consistently hilarious writing and Erica Henderson’s art is vibrant, full of those wonderful facial expressions that really only work in a more cartoony style. Read it.
I first tried reading these in high school and only ever finished The Color of Magic. I clearly wasn’t ready for them then, but I am now. Terry Pratchett built an awesome world full of enjoyable characters, but the ones I really look forward to are the City Watch books. I’m always eager to start another case with Vimes, Carrot, Angua, Cheery, Nobbs, Detritus, Dorfl, Reg… okay, I’m not going to list them all.