Jamie York is a producer for On the Media.
OTM Staff Picks, February 6th, 2012
Monday, February 06, 2012 - 03:42 PM
The staff of OTM pick a few of our favorite things. Please leave us comments below and enjoy.
Sarah Abdurrahman: For anyone with a smart phone or tablet of any kind, I recommend the Pulse News App. It works on both Apple and Android devices, and has a really great interface for reading news from a customizable list of sources.
Bob Garfield: In the current Atlantic magazine, there's an interesting mea culpa by Daniel B. Klein on his Wall Street Journal op-ed that proclaimed liberals dumber than conservatives on economics. Turns out not to be so...but what makes me think this won't become the rightwing-o-sphere meme that the op-ed was?
Brooke Gladstone: Jamie keeps bothering me for this week’s pick, so I’m just going to spill it: I am deep into H. R.R. Martin. Yes – A Song of Fire and Ice, vol.3. (Go ahead, judge. Girls just wanna have fun, too, you know.)
Alex Goldman: This week, my staff pick is an 8-minute video of a live performance by Lab Lobotomy, the noise band I was in when I was 15-years-old. Is that conceited? I wasn’t even aware that this video existed, but thanks to Aaron Dilloway at Hansen Records it’s made its way online. It’s a strange document to suddenly discover. For those of you who don’t know me, it is most likely an unwatchable morass of noise, but the earnestness of the performance juxtaposed with the smirks of the dwindling audience is kind of touching. It is also heartening to discover that even then I was constantly hiking up my pants. Some things really do never change. When I showed this to the band’s bass player, he said “This is like one of those records of Robert Johnson or something. Did they even have cameras back then?”
Chris Neary: My staff pick this week is post-Super Bowl quote from Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Bundchen is married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. After the game (the Pats lost), in which Patriots receivers dropped a number of Brady’s passes, Bundchen defended her husband saying:
"My husband can not f------ throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times."
You never get this kind of honesty from athletes after games. It’s comforting to know we can rely on statuesque Brazilian models for frank and open game analysis.
Katya Rogers: So my favorite non fiction genre is (and I'll admit it's pretty narrow) memoirs by journalists who have been kidnapped and held hostage (Micah Garen's was particularly good).
PJ Vogt: My staff pick this week is this restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia which I’ve never been to and also maybe it doesn’t even really exist. It’s called Bon Rappetite. Here’s their menu. It’s great. Every dish is a play on a rapper’s name. It starts at relatively obvious (Master Pea Soup, Lil Kimchi, Wu Tang Clams) continues on to noticeably punnier (Queen LaPizza, Salt N’ Pepa Crusted Tilapia) and ends in the sublime (Roastface Killah). I really hope that this place is real.
Jamie York: I know nothing about classical music except what I like. I like this very, very much.