Life is hard, complicated, and busy, especially when you’re a conscious parent. Here are some things to keep you distracted once the kids go to bed and a classic to bring out and introduce to the family.
On the Small Screen
The Americans: We remember a simpler time, when we used to watch the best show on television since The Wire and think “how did America win the cold war when Russia had such super competent spies?” Now we know: clearly they were playing the long game. Pair with a nice Afghani Indica (obviously) to help ease the tension from the show and from our real lives.
The Santa Clarita Diet: Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant play regular affluent white folks, except the diet in question is people, and Drew Barrymore is an affluent white zombie. Edibles seem like a bad choice here. Maybe smoke a joint of Cinex, because it’ll keep you alert.
In Heavy Rotation
Hot Thoughts by Spoon: Technically this album comes out next week, but we already pre-ordered our purple vinyl and have listened to the first single on Apple Music a bunch of times. We always get our hopes up for Spoon records, and we don’t ever remember being disappointed. Nobody makes perfect sounding rock and roll seem so fresh and experimental. If you can, go see a show. If you can, bring some concentrated Durban Poison for vaporizing, because Spoon requires your attention.
Prisoner by Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams is sad again, which means we all get to benefit. We’re not music critics, and won’t be the first to say this album reminds us of Heartbreaker. Ryan Adams might not be young anymore, but he’s still a tortured creative type. To be creative is to be sad sometimes, and when you get sad, well, you know what comes next (you get high, duh). For this we’re going with Cherry Pie in a glass bowl for one, because it’s balanced enough that you won’t fall asleep depressed, and the combo might actually make you feel a little better.
Between the Covers
The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli: The most recent work from the acclaimed Mexican author who burst onto the literary scene in the US with the 2014 publication of both a novel and a book of essays. You might say The Story of My Teeth is a mutant-hybrid of the two forms, a kind of musing treatise on identity and art. We’re big fans of experimental literature here at Splimm, but we know many people find it tedious. This book, then, is the perfect way to start loving it. You’ll be so caught up in the narrator’s voice and entranced by the humor that you won’t notice how your mind is being turned inside out by the complexities of language and story. We absolutely cannot wait for Luiselli’s next book, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, available next month.
For Movie Night
Deadpool: We’re a little burnt out on super hero movies, so we avoided this one until it showed up on our brother’s girlfriend’s mom’s HBO Go account. It’s obvious from the opening credits that this is something different. Deadpoolembraces the comic book gore that’s been wiped clean from the traditional Marvel Movie Universe, yet even with all the blood and guts, still manages to be fun in a way the standard Avengers movies almost never are. We love edibles on grown up movie night, and a Northern Lights infused brownie would go well with the kinetic energy of The Merc with the Mouth, and may help with sympathy pains as well.
For Family Movie Night
The Princess Bride: We watched this with our daughter during our last family movie night (she’s 9) and Pema loved it. It’s the definition of timeless, which is especially impressive for a comedy that pokes fun of a type of movie they don’t really make anymore. Did Andre the Giant win an award for this performance? No? Inconceivable! For a subtle addition, try a CBD-heavy tincture, like the ones from Cascadia Herbals.