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1. Catching The Big Fish by David Lynch
I'm a huge fan of his work and I promise you that this is the closest I'll ever come to reading a "self-help" book.�€š Lynch opens up about his creative process but also writes about his experiences with Transcendental Meditation, which are pretty interesting. It's short, too! Even the laziest reader can finish it in an afternoon while simultaneously Google-searching old boyfriends/girlfriends or wondering why Mamie Van Doren has so many friends on Facebook.
2. Shirley, my dental hygienist�€š
Isn't it nice to have someone genuinely care about the health of your gums? After a cleaning, Shirley tells me whether or not I've done a good job flossing my teeth. That's nice. manhattanavenuefamilydental.com
3. Korg Kaossilator
It's a handheld synthesizer you can plug into your stereo. How cool is that? All it takes are four AA batteries and you can pretend you're Aphex Twin, without all of the cumbersome talent and fame.
4. King Night by Salem
This album is a complete curiosity to me. I can't tell whether it's really great or really lame, but I keep listening to it again and again. There are other trance or witch house groups that I like better (White Ring comes to mind), but I get the feeling that the guys in Salem have a wonderfully jaded sense of humor and that's good enough for me. And the first song on the album contains a droned-out sample of "O Holy Night." Funny!
5. The Venture Bros
Everything that I grew up loving in comics, movies, music and cartoons is completely and horribly destroyed in this show. It's marvelous. Co-creator Doc Hammer actually describes it perfectly so I'll add this quote: "It's about the beauty of failure. It's about that failure happens to all of us... Every character is not only flawed, but sucks at what they do, and is beautiful at it..."