For this new segment, I’ll be taking the re-up beyond the small screen and into reality as I recap what’s been going on in the world (or, at least, in the US) this past week. Each Saturday I’ll present you with a few stories, some that were heavily-covered topics in the media, and some that just flew under the radar, and then discuss them (pretty much just make jokes about them).
Does that sound like something that might interest you, Reader? Good. Let’s get into it then:
Politics: The Occupy Wall Street movement continued this week, with protests expanding nationally to include demonstrations in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Anchorage, Alaska (which, I don’t know if you realized, but I visited once with my grandparents). The movement, often labeled as the liberal inverse of the tea party, continues to unite people across the country through socio-economic unrest, because apparently complaining on the internet was no longer cutting it.
Last night, rapper Talib Kweli stopped by Wall Street to show his support and debut a new verse from his upcoming album, Prisoner of Conscious (and further cement his place as one of the greatest emcees of all time). Earlier in the week Kweli stopped by The Colbert Report with Mos Def as Black Star and debuted a new song, which I would’ve liked to post on here, but Viacom had the video pulled. Instead, check out Talib’s performance down on Wall St. up top.
Technology: This week saw the passing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. What this week also saw was my discovery that Steve and I were cousins. And not even through some absurd amount of removal, just second cousins, once removed. Specifically, his birth mother was my grandfather’s cousin. How about that, Reader?
This is most exciting because people might take pity on me, and I am always down to be pitied. Condolences, in fact, are some of my favorite things to receive. Also, now I will be given a little social leeway: “I’m sorry I’m late, we recently had a death in the family,” or, “Hey, can I have some of that? You know, did I tell you my cousin just died?” Of course, my condolences do go out to Jobs’ immediate family, though it is nice to now have another example to use when saying genius runs in my family.
Food: Last Sunday I bought a jar of tart raspberry jam. Intending to put it on toast, I’ve been instead using it on turkey sandwiches, with a bit of provolone and some Dijon mustard. It’s really turned out to be a delicious combination. It’s kind of like the Thanksgiving sandwich appearing every year around November and lasting a suspiciously long time, generally until March, but with a sharper taste.
Additionally, I was in the mood for root beer all week, and last night I finally had some and it was amazing. Definitely the most I’ve ever enjoyed root beer.
Entertainment: While Sunday’s announcement that Arrested Development would be returning in the form of a mini-series and feature film was outstanding, it greatly overshadowed another momentous TV announcement, namely that The Wonder Years is now on Netflix! I spent the majority of last Christmas break watching The Wonder Years and eating dried fruit and drinking chocolate milk.
That being the case (as well as my normal course of action for any time I am at home), I was overjoyed this week when Netflix announced that they now have all one hundred and fifteen episodes of the series available online. Then I remembered that I don’t have Netflix, which is probably for the best in this case, otherwise I would now be spending every night watching Kevin Arnold sheepishly swoon over Winnie Cooper.
Overview: The Ides of March was released yesterday and stars grandmaster gentleman, George Clooney. I decided on that image for the lead image of this week’s weekly debrief because it features two very handsome men, and also because it’s a new release. Other things that released this past week were J. Cole‘s debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which I don’t care about enough to discuss so I’m just going to direct you to our Bloglin review of the album, and Kanye’s Dw womenswear line, which I do care about but just don’t feel like talking anymore.
All in all I’d say it’s been a pretty good week. What if I were to rate the week at the end of each debrief? What kind of scale would I even use? Ten point? Six crosses? Whatever, I probably will not rate the weeks. I will however encourage you, Reader, to share interesting stories from the past week in the comments section. I mean, if you want. We are just about onto another week.
Week Rating: 7/10 (just in case)- Elbows