Tea With Chris: Pretty Panda

Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Friday. Here are a few of our favourite things from the Internet this week:

Carl: This episode of Michael Silverblatt’s Bookworm, which might be the best literary talk show ever made in North America, is a couple of months old, but I find I just keep recommending it to people. Young writer Elif Bautman, author of a playful look at Russian literary obsession, The Possessed, provides an unimpeachable list of Russian Lit for Beginners, in selected translations, with winning commentary. But the precious gem is Silverblatt’s talk with John Waters about the list of five favourite books in his recent memoir, over which Silverblatt exclaims with his inimitable enthusiasm, “They are also my five favourite books!”

This is a pretty huge coincidence considering their authors are Denton Welch, Christina Stead, Jane Bowles, Lionel Shriver and Ivy Compton-Burnett. Waters’ comments on his literary loves are endlessly endearing, but the thing I can’t stop repeating is the name of his list: “John Waters’ Five Books You Should Read to Live a Happy Life If Something Is Basically the Matter with You.”

Margaux: A good TED Talk from Ken Robinson on education reform. He makes a plea for thoughtfulness. Very good, especially if you like corny jokes.

I accidentally came across this video critique of  the reality show “WORK OF ART; American’s Next Great Artist”. It’s a new “program” called “Art is Whatever”, a recap show about “WORK OF ART”. It is not ironic or arrogant, but sort of self-logical and weirdly relaxing.

Chris: My brain feels like a mass of pixels today, so these kids-table TWC contributions are about as much as I can handle right now. First, look at this cat:

I found him on Tumblr but I don’t remember which Tumblr. And now look at this video. As a friend of mine said on Gchat, “I think I could watch a panda swag for well beyond the requisite 30 second north american attention span.” I kind of want this clip embedded on infinite loop inside my eyelids.

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One response to “Tea With Chris: Pretty Panda

  1. Thanks for the Bookworm tip. I am reading Bautman’s The Possessed right now … alongside its namesake Dostoevsky’s Demons.