It's the Final You Are What You Read for 2016 Edition
Greetings and welcome to the Final You Are What You Read for 2016. We’ll be back on the 6th after our long winter’s nap and a Buckeye win over Clemson.
Sweden. A land that had given us little meatballs in icky gravy that always look like they should be delicious yet so rarely are, everyone’s favorite Muppet The Swedish Chef, the dark and demented movies of Ingmar Bergman, Absolut Vodka, a man called Ove, the Nobel Prize and of course Ikea.
Recently there had been a disturbing teen trend that is sweeping the globe centering around the home goods super store.
What? What could possibly be disturbing about the store that brought us the Billy bookcase and the never-ending need for an Allen Wrench? Well People, simmer down and I’ll tell you the tale.
It would appear that two Belgium based teens were looking to do something, “a little crazy and out of control.” Apparently in Belgium they’ve never heard of cow tipping or drag racing so they decided on, wait for it, spending the night in an Ikea. They snuck into a wardrobe at closing time and waited for three hours at which point they felt the coast would be clear and they could frolic to their heart's content amongst products with unpronounceable names. Of course, being teens they recorded it all on their phones and of course, times being what they are uploaded the film and it went viral and of course, teens being teens, global copycatting commenced. So far there have been sleepovers in Canada, Britain, Japan, and here in the US.
To my mind this is irrefutable proof that the brains of teens are not fully developed until age 27. I don’t know about you, but anytime I spend in Ikea makes me want to get out as swiftly as possible. In fact, when driving past Ikea in New Haven, my foot gets a little heavier on the gas. If your relationship can survive a weekend visit to Ikea, the trip through that rat’s maze they call a showroom, invisible staff that is never on hand to answer your questions, hunting for what you came for in the warehouse, navigation to the register with your deconstructed furniture on those carts where the wheels are rarely in sync, the obligatory 45 minute wait at the register, and the packing of it all in your car, you will be a shoe-in for that Golden Anniversary. Or at least until you get home and try to make sense of those indecipherable directions.
Of course, Ikea has issued a very stern Swedish warning that this will not be tolerated and even they admit that time spent there is not all that and a $1 frozen yogurt. “The fun in it is overrated,” a spokesman for Ikea told BBC News this week. I’ll say. Anyway, you can read about it on WaPo.
We’re wrapping up this year with a few Staffers listing off their favorites. Enjoy!
Playlist? We. Are. On. IT! Pass the Lingonberries please.
“The Hunt for the Wilderpeople. It’s hysterically funny, devastatingly heartfelt, and endlessly quotable. The DVD got passed around the Children’s Library office, and we were singing Ricky Baker’s birthday song in the Children’s Library office for a week after we all watched it. The director, Taika Waititi, is a genius, and have loved all of his films. Hollywood has noticed his talent.”
“I have read some great books this year, but, so far, my favorite is one that I am about to finish: News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Only twenty pages left and I am unhappy that the journey of 'Cho-henna' and the Captain is almost over. Captain Kidd is an elderly widowed veteran from three wars, including the Civil War, who earns his keep by reading newspaper articles and stories from national and international papers to the pioneers and cowboys who live in the outpost towns of Texas. Because of his knowledge of the region and the respect he has garnered in these communities, he is given the responsibility to return a ten-year-old white girl who, since the age of six, has been living as a Kiowa Indian back to her family. She has forgotten her original family and has adopted native ways that make her wild in the eyes of the pioneers. As they travel to southern Texas, from reading room to reading room, they encounter rough trail riders, puritanical hotheads, and fear of Comanche attack. Jiles is an accomplished poet and uses her poetic eye to beautifully describe the emotional, atmospheric and political elements of this time and of this desolate and hard scrabbled world that has since been erased from this earth. News of the World is a wonderful, eye-popping, and sensitive reading experience.”
As for myself, my top three books in order are News of the World, Gentleman in Moscow, and Eligible. The audio book that made the times I had to drive almost bearable was The Rainbow Comes and Goes, read by Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. Truly, it was like having them as passengers in the backseat. As far as movies go, it’s no secret I am a documentary junkie. I was riveted by Weiner which chronicled the downfall of Senator Anthony Weiner in a way that was not prurient or unkind. And when Glenn Fry died this past January I went scurrying back to one of my favorite documentaries of all time, History of the Eagles. Think your family Hellidaze is rife with dysfunction and self-destructive behavior? You got nothing on the Eagles on their best/worst day. I mean really, did you ever give a family member a chainsaw for their birthday so that they could more efficiently destroy hotel rooms? Thought not. Happy Hellidaze, People!
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from that State Up North with her final musings and The Playlist. What’s good Pats? “Our mountain of snow is melting and black from the street dirt. It’s Christmas time in Detroit! Krampus has not paid us a visit, so I think we’re all good. Stockings are hung. Cats are hanging out under the Christmas tree and everything looks merry and bright. I will not be hosting the Big Day but will be having my family over on the 26th for Boxing Day. This can either be a joyful time or it can be a hellish adventure, depending on the family dynamics. I’ve secretly always liked Boxing Day celebrations better than the Big Day. In the past, it involved driving to Boston and chilling with the cousins. It was a laid-back, non-event that involved loads of fireside chatting, hikes in the woods and belly aching laughter. Those were the best holidays. This year? Well, I’ll have to report back after the event. Anything can happen when the McCormick Clan gathers. If it goes badly, I’ll just ahead over to the local IKEA to catch up on some sleep. Wishing you a holiday full of great company, great food, lots of rest and much laughter. Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah from The D!”