Cool Stuff & Recommendations

As a nod to one of my favorite places on the internet, McSweeney's Internet Tendencies - in particular, their list of recommended stuff) - I've started this page to share cool stuff that I think you should check out. It could be books, music, funny stuff, resources, artists whose work is awesome, etc. Enjoy!


2017 Recommendations
Demipia 
A wonderful, low fantasy horror actual play D&D 5E podcast. Great Dungeon Master and crew. Making my way through their first adventure, The Mine Children, now.

2016 Recommendations
Les Revenants ("The Returned")
A French TV show (2012) set in a small mountain town where a group of local folks return suddenly from the dead. We've become obsessed with this show and its seriously flawed and compelling characters. It has some similarities with The Leftovers, which I'm also a huge fan of - supernatural, highly character-driven - though this show is far more brutal. Still in season one, trying desperately not to binge through it.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
A masterpiece made of whimsical prose, fascinating characters, wonderful setting - the Florida Everglades, gator pits, ancient theme park regalia - and storytelling that borders on emotional manipulation. You think you're reading one kind of book only to find out it's not what you thought it was; in fact, it's deeper, truer, better. Reading this book left me feeling entertained, bewitched, and betrayed. It is stunning and unlike anything else I've read.

The Korean "growl," as it's known in my house
If you aren't an expat living in South Korea, this fun video should clear things up a bit. Try it, it's fun! Check out the other videos, too, 'cause Megan Bowen is hilarious.

Brandon Sanderson's 2013 Creative Writing lectures for BYU
He has some newer ones, but I like these older lessons from 2013, low quality camera and all. If you're like me and trying to get back into writing & fantasy, you might enjoy them, too.

"Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll
A tragic, compelling documentary about the psychedelic rock musicians and singers of the 50's and 60's in Cambodia, most of whom were executed by the Khmer Rouge. The soundtrack is crazy good and it's a deeply upsetting but important look into the culture and history of Phnom Penh, in particular.

Whiskey Cambodia by Cambodian Space Project
Modern psychedelic revival rock - completely mesmerizing. Start with "Mountain Dance" (track 3) and it will be stuck in your head for days.

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