Watch. American Hustle. Even if it’s only for Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, or for Bradley Cooper, as the case may be. Let’s not forget about Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner. An intentionally ridiculous crime-edy, American Hustle is set in the seventies, brimming with over-the-top scammer and mobster characters dipped in era-apparent groovy hair and fashion, all scored with perfect timing to an epic 70s rock-pop soundtrack. It’s luxuriantly entertaining; far-out man.
Read. Hellgoing by Lynn Coady. This is a collection of eight short stories depicting a range of characters and circumstances, from a nun who talks a young anorexic out of her religious fanaticism to a bride with an obsession for bondage. Coady, a former advice columnist for The Globe and Mail, delivers characters overwrought with moral and emotional complexities who seem as out of sync in their worlds as they are with each other. Darkly humorous, relevant to our time and exceptionally written, if all else fails, Coady may leave you feeling just a little bit better about your own messed up life.
Listen. Lorde Pure Heroine. You’ll be glad you did. Or, maybe you won’t. I am and I find it hard to believe that her soulful, hypnotic pipes are practically prepubescent. If this is what she turns out of the studio at 16 years of age (now 17), I can’t wait to hear what’s next. A cautionary note: if somewhat pensive at times, the lyrics are trendy and youthful. She is a teenager after all. If you are not a fan of alternative-pop, this probably isn’t your bag.