John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

I thought there wasn't much reason to have a John Wick sequel, but this turned out to be an Empire Strikes Back-level sequel. The plot is excellent and the performances are outstanding. It's more stylized than the first, sometimes to the point of being extremely beautiful. Both of these movies have been extraordinary, and this is shaping up to be the trilogy of the decade.



Jen Kirkman - I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)

I'd never really heard of Jen Kirkman until I started listening to Pod F. Tomkast, where the funniest part of the show was when the host would call her up and she would tell a ten minute story that had me in tears every time. That lead me to watching this, which turned her into one of my all-time favourite comedians.



The Sarah Silverman Program - Season 1

It's hard to explain how good this is. Imagine a vulgar cartoon, like South Park or all the ones they've been putting on Netflix, but imagine it without the self-importance and/or lazy snarkiness. Imagine it with characters you like, instead of punchline delivery machines. And the head writer is Dan Harmon, of Ricky and Morty and Community. If that sounds appealing to you at all, then go out and watch this and you will not be disappointed.



Clone High

Fifteen years later this still holds up really well, in spite of the odd dated pop culture reference and the Jack Black episode you can comfortably skip. Maybe the sharpest parody ever made.



Brooklyn 99 - Season 5


Kim's Convenience - Season 2

Kim's Convenience is still going strong for season two. Along with great character arcs, some of the jokes make me cry with laughter. One gag in particular had me laughing uncontrollably for days afterward every time I thought about it.



Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
Every moment... do what thou hast in hand with perfect and simple dignity, and feeling of affection, and freedom, and justice; and to give thyself relief from all other thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius, before and after being made Roman emperor, made notes to himself on how to treat people, how to deal with stress, why to stay honest. He was called the last good emperor by Gibbon, and he seemed to follow his own advice about avoiding luxury, as he spend most of his career camped near the border, supervising Rome's defences.


This was apparently never meant to be published, and it shows. It's pretty rough around the edges and occasionally repetitive, but I've also found it a constant source of motivation and stress-relief throughout my life. In a time where most people claiming to offer advice and motivation are blatant scam artists, this book is a treasure.


I would especially advise you to read the public domain George Long translation. Along with the translation being free, Long is one of the most readable Ancient Greek-to-English translators there has ever been.



Kim's Convenience - Season 1

The cast is perfect, the writers obviously take a great deal of care with the characters, and the jokes are really funny. My first fit of uncontrollable laughter was at the beginning of episode 2. It's pretty rare to see a great family sitcom - I can't think of any offhand - and it's especially rare to see a sitcom where all the parts fit together perfectly right from the beginning.



Prometheus Bound - Aeschylus

POMETHEUS BOUND, AN ANCIENT PLAY ONE OF THE OLDEST WE HAVE, ABOUT A SIMPLE MAN WHO WAS HORRIFICALLY PUNISHED BY THE POWERS THAT BE FOR THE TERRIBLE CRIME OF TRYING TO BRING LIGHT TO THE COMMON PEOPLE. IN THE WORDS OF AESCHYLUS "NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNNISHED" I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH CONSOLATION I FIND IN THESE SLIM PAGES.