Tina Fey as "Maverick" Sarah Palin
I fell in love with this impression all over again after listening to Fey's stories about coming back to SNL for the series of cold opens during the 2008 election cycle in her book Bossypants (which, if you haven't listened to as an audiobook, you really should).
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
I knew nothing about this 2011 (?) book when I picked it up, so I was surprised and intrigued with the plot line of self discovery, and dug in deep to the robust and joyous baseball storyline throughout. A fantastic read, and a good one to pick up ahead of pitchers and catchers reporting next month.
'70s cop shows, as a category, are chock full of memorable theme songs, but for me the standout cut is the theme to 'Baretta,' "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow," performed by the great Sammy Davis, Jr.
If you don't know the personal anguish that caused his sudden creative outpouring - from flailing ecstatic punk bands to cinematic and spare songs of pain - look him up. Or just listen to this song. Go listen to the version from the record (his second) but I love this video of him alone - not solo, alone - playing this song. Pleading it.
XTC, “Reign of Blows”
“And by the half-light of burning republics, Joe Stalin looks just like Uncle Sam.” Written/released in 1984, no less!
"Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac
When the line "what you had... and what you lost" is repeated, I lose my shit. As Amanda Petrusich recently wrote in the New Yorker about Stevie Nicks: "Nicks’s default response to betrayal is more introspective than aggressive. Her music has long been considered a balm for certain stubborn strains of heartache; her songs are unsparing regarding the brutality of loss, yet they are buoyed by a kind of subtle optimism. It’s as if, by the time Nicks got around to singing about something, she already knew that she would survive it." http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/28/the-resurgent-appeal-of-stevie-nicks AMEN.
I don't think I would do well on Chopped, because I definitely can't cook, but still, I think it would be really fun. Maybe if they partnered me with a chef that was skilled technically, but was not creative and had to do whatever I commanded. Some kind of chef robot...now that would be a hit show!
Man, Galapagos Tortoise. People would take care of you, check on you, you know? Cause you're endangered? You'd live for a super long time. Just eating plants, hanging out with your bros. Man, I bet that would be pretty great.
If I'm being completely honest with myself, I know the answer would be a bit more gritty, a bit less graceful, and a whole lot weirder than Mark Mothersbaugh, but why be honest? I'm answering aspirationally here, and I aspire to a Wes Anderson film. Let whimsy reign!