The Mindy Project’s Adam Pally Interviews Martellus Bennett

The Mindy Project‘s Adam Pally and Parks & Recreation/House of Lies‘ Ben Schwartz guest hosted The Late Late Show on CBS this week. The entire episode was entertaining, but their interview with Chicago Bears football player Martellus Bennett may be the funniest late night segment ever. Between the font jokes and book talk, I’m a little in love with Martellus.

You can watch the Martellus Bennett interview clip at CBS and the full episode below…


Muruch’s Top Books of 2014

Muruch’s Top 10 Books of 2014…

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Current Read: Shotgun Lovesongs

Eloquent, evocative prose pitting smalltown charm against rockstar fame…a Springsteen album in novel form.


sing like you’ve got no audience,
sing like you don’t know what a critic is,
sing about your hometown,
sing about your prom,
sing about deer, sing about the seasons,
sing about your mother


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Small Business & Indies First Saturday 2014!

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 29, 2014 is “Small Business Saturday” and “Indies First Day,” in which authors and book lovers are being encouraged (including by an open letter from Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman) to support their local independent bookshops. I once again encourage all local bookworms to visit Charleston, WV’s only independent bookstore, Taylor Books, on that day or any day. You can also order books and ebooks/epubs from Taylors online, but it’s worth the trip for the bookshop’s atmosphere.

Taylors is my favorite bookstore on this side of the Atlantic and has the best coffee in Charleston. If you don’t like books or coffee, I really don’t know how you live.

If you do like books and are looking for recommendations for Indies First Day, my personal favorite books of all time are: Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and pretty much everything else written by Kurt Vonnegut or Edith Wharton. More modern favorites have been Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Book Thief and anything by Brian Morton, Kate Morton, Maggie O’Farrell, Samanatha Harvey and Victoria Hislop.

I also highly recommend the more modern classic The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, which is now being adapted for a movie. You can read my rave review of it here. I first heard about the Guernsey book from a former manager of Taylors and it was a longtime staff pick on the shelves there. I’ve since given copies of the book to several friends, all of whom loved it as much as I did.

Other favorite bookstores of mine on both sides of the Atlantic: Empire Books in Huntington, WV; Two Sisters bookery, Old Books on Front Street and Pomegranate Books in Wilmington, NC; and The Winding Stair, Hodges Figgis and Chapters in Dublin, Ireland.

It would be very nice if independent bookstores get the kind of support from Indies First/Small Business Saturday that Record Store Day brings to indie music shops.