Keeping Up (Vol. 17)

by Darren Paltrowitz

Here are another 5 quick picks for you, the loyal reader:

fastball_little_150MUSIC: Fastball / Little White Lies – Fastball first came into the public’s consciousness in the late 1990s with hit singles like “The Way,” “You’re An Ocean” and “Out Of My Head.” Having recently released their fifth full-length, Little While Lies, the Austin-based band is active as ever. As evidenced by a performance this writer was able to attend at Manhattan’s City Winery, the hooks of Miles Zuniga and Tony Scalzo remain appealing, energetic and harmony-driven as ever. (fastballtheband.com)

BOOK: Tom Davis / Thirty-Nine Years Of Short-Term Memory Loss – As a writer for Saturday Night Live starting with the first season and Al Franken’s writing partner for nearly 20 years, Tom Davis has some stories to tell. While he’s the first to admit that his memory is not as sharp as it ought to be, Davis is able to keep readers entertained with anecdotes that explore his “SNL” existence and beyond. Expect cameos from Dan Aykroyd, Jerry Garcia, and other greats along the way. (groveatlantic.com/grove)

TOOL: The Savvy Explorer – Led by editor Michael Tulipan, The Savvy Explorer picks up where Lonely Planet, Fodor’s and other sources have often fallen short. A travel site written by regional experts, readers can expect information that focuses on quality but also provides tips on how money can be saved. In its infant stage, the site currently features cities on four continents, with more content being added almost daily. (thesavvyexplorer.com)

FILM: Tyson – Mike Tyson has long been one of the most controversial athletes due to many of his actions outside of the boxing ring. Directed by James Toback, Tyson is a documentary told entirely in the boxer’s words, as mixed with archival footage. Within the film, Tyson sheds light on a number of events on which he has rarely commented before, showing unexpected emotion in the process. Not a lot of laughs to be expected, but such is not necessary when the story is this compelling. (sonyclassics.com/tyson)

ARTICLE: David A. Kessler “The War On Our Waistlines” – In the final issue of Best Life Magazine, David A. Kessler provides insider knowledge, as learned in being the former commissioner of the FDA. Going “inside the wild world of food processing,” Kessler explains how many Americans are unknowingly falling prey to food additives. In turn, consumers are unable to maintain ideal health and/or fitness. The article is not meant to be a total killjoy, rather a means of leading more people to eat mindfully. (bestlifeonline.com)

As always, if I’m missing something that’s worthwhile and deserving of column space, please reach out with an e-mail: darren.paltrowitz@gmail.com.

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