The Awesome List: September 2012September 17th, 2012 | Posted by in Lists
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry Seinfeld’s web series is a snazzy new vehicle for his relatable brand of observational comedy. Genuinely funny conversations with fellow comedians like Larry David, Alec Baldwin and Ricky Gervais.
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author riffs on family, race, politics and music in his sprawling, charming new novel that chronicles the demise of a neighborhood record store in Northern California.
Jimmy Smits in “Sons of Anarchy”
Smits made a sensational, sexual debut in SOA’s fall premiere. He plays Nero, a pimp, or as he protested to Katey Sagal’s Gemma post-orgy: “I’m a companionator… I’m all about the love.”
Director’s Paul Thomas Anderson latest film — which may or may not be based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and the launch of his new religion — is being hailed as something of a masterpiece by critics. “This, to me, is the best movie I’ve seen all year,” said Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers.
“This Is SportsCenter” commercial featuring John Clayton
There have been dozens of terrific SportsCenter commercials, but this one — mocking the longstanding myth that the bookish, bespectacled football expert sports a ponytail — may be the best. ESPN turned a promotional clip into a viral hit.
Tempest — Bob Dylan
Dylan’s remarkable 35th studio album is earning glowing reviews. In the 10-song set, the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient tackles topics like the Titanic disaster (the epic title track) and the assassination of John Lennon.
Symphony of Science video about climate control
Awesome science nerds “sing” about saving the planet. SOS producer John D. Boswell beautifully remixes and auto-tunes Bill Nye, David Attenborough, Isaac Asimov and Richard Alley. Will have you tapping your toe.
You can get in the mood for the Tim Burton movie to come out (Oct. 5) by Frankenweenie-fying your own pet.
Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi
The author is a liar, cheat and a thief but also a decent writer. America’s most accomplished art forger — do you know a better one? –recounts a surprisingly entertaining tale of the art world’s shady side.