So you wanna watch something…
Well, you’re way out of luck if you’re looking for something new. So here’s one older gem you may not know about:
Suburra: Blood on Rome: Do you love Italian mob movies? Well, you’ve never seen one like this three-season series out of Italy. Yup, this is the real deal. If you’re not big on gangsters, here’s what the New York Review of Books says about this series: “The surprising and ultimately tragic intimacy that develops between its principal characters stands out as one of Suburra’s great pleasures, setting it apart from the plodding, grisly portentousness of contemporary prestige crime dramas such as ‘Narcos’.” All three seasons are available on Netflix so it’s the perfect binge watch!
A list of good reads
- Two good reads on domestic work: Joe Pinsker in The Atlantic on the myth that allows men to get out of doing chores. Soutik Biswas in BBC News offers a deep dive into how India calculates the monetary value of women’s work at home.
- Scroll has a taste of Vivek Shanbhag’s witty essay from the brilliant anthology ‘Our Freedoms’—which includes contributions from Romila Thapar, Perumal Murugan and Aatish Taseer.
- Love avocados? Then you will love Epicurious’s list of 67 avocado recipes. Yup, 67! Mind blown.
- Variety reports on the mad scramble among Hollywood celebs to get the Covid vaccine. Yes, A-list types are the same everywhere.
- The Atlantic explores the literary origins of the Netflix hit ‘Lupin’.
- Inc. states the obvious—it’s attention not time that matters when raising happy kids. But it’s still worth revisiting given how glued we are to our phones.
- BBC Science Focus answers a pressing question: Why does the sound of running water make us want to pee?
- Sumana Roy in Goya writes about bata, an East Bengali type of cooking “that comes from a culture of frugality and subsistence, but also intimacy.”
- J. Balasubramaniam in the Telegraph explores the hidden and rich history of Dalit journalism.
- Wall Street Journal via Mint reports on the very real phenomenon of accelerated aging during the pandemic.