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Friday Reads, Watches, & Listens: The Cary Grant Edition



Reads:

Fantastic article by Caity Weaver about taking a train trip across the US. Highlight: "Contrary to multiple acquaintances’ declarations that I would encounter “some real weirdos” on the train, the first person I met on board my first sleeper car after boarding the train in Penn Station was a man in a sparkly cardigan and leather pants who breezily identified himself as “a prophet,” which is perhaps the world’s second-oldest profession." As I said: Fan.Tas.Tic. (North by Northwest)


If you haven't seen this tweetstorm about a man whose apartment was invaded by a gang of two dogs and a cat, please enjoy that summary. It's delightful. The cat is clearly the brains of the operation. (The Awful Truth, Bringing Up Baby)


Who knew that being a prison consultant to white collar criminals heading to prison was a job? I did not, until I read about it here. There's some kind of irony here that I can't even begin to unpack, as it's too early on a Friday. (If you have not fully dug into the college admissions scandal - the full indictment was ... a piece of work, and the New York Times did a comprehensive round-up to the madness last week.) (To Catch a Thief)


Why reporters aren't the best heroes in political thrillers. (I must respectfully disagree - what about All the President's Men? Or Spotlight?) (His Girl Friday)


Speaking of political thrillers, Black Cube, DarkMatter, and Global Risk Advisors all sound like made-up espionage / counterespionage firms in a Frederick Forsyth novel. But they are real and up to a whole heck of a lot of hacking. Nothing, apparently, is secret anymore. (P.S. Don't trust baby monitors. Or really, anything with wires or batteries.) (Notorious, Charade)


Was Ann Bilansky a murderess or not? That question captured the nation in 1859, as Christine Seifert explores in The Atavist. (Arsenic and Old Lace)


Watches:

In keeping with this week's them, I'll have to recommend my four favorite Cary Grant movies this week: North by Northwest, Holiday, The Philadelphia Story, and His Girl Friday. Also, I haven't seen but am eagerly awaiting the chance to go to Us, the new Jordan Peele movie (see review by David Sims here).


Listens:

It's the greatest time of the year for brackets. My beloved movie podcast, Blank Check with Griffin & David, (yup, David Sims from above, with his partner in crime, actor Griffin Claude Beresford Dauphin Newman) runs a bracket to decide what auteur director they will cover in an upcoming series. (Yes - I was inspired to cover authors from first to last book in orderbased on their format of going through director's filmographies in order. Also because I'm the kind of monster-y person who really, really enjoys organizing things. The Container Store is, next to a bookstore, one of my happiest places.)


Happy Friday!

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