Every week the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into. Also these are perfect things that you can consume over the weekend, so here they are:
The World Series
First off, before you go any further, you really need to read Joseph’s featured article here on SO many great reasons you should watch this year’s World Series and why this matchup is wonderful. Even if you’re a casual baseball fan, his knowledge and insight will get you stoked (and a huge laugh once you catch the Justin Turner reference) to watch this whole thing play out. Personally, I’m a lifelong Dodger fan, so this year I’m particularly psyched to see how this all plays out after the past few years of heartbreak.
As of today, we’re already two games in, 1-1 in the series, and last night’s Game Two ALONE was enough to give my husband and myself complete emotional distress and exhaustion. The game was one for the ages, and the series already promises to be one that announcers and fans alike will refer to for years to come. So even if you think baseball is a “boring sport”, just tryyyyy to watch the game Friday, and you may just be enthralled, because I really think this series is going to rock.
The Hilarious World of Depression
At some point last Thursday I was mindlessly browsing twitter as I often am and a tweet I can’t recall from an account I don’t remember was retweeted into my timeline that linked to a post someone wrote about dealing with their depression. Included in the article was section of podcasts, this is where I found The Hilarious World of Depression. The description of this podcast in particular immediately peaked my interest, little did I know it would consume almost all my podcast listening time over the next week. The show is hosted by John Moe and features comedians like Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins and Andy Richter to name a few discussing their struggle with clinical depression. I’m just about to start the second season having already listened to the first season and all the “Placebo” episodes and I haven’t regretted one second of the 10+ hours I’ve already put into the show.
I’ve always been someone who gets in my own way a lot and basically live inside my own head. Hearing extremely personal stories told by hilarious people who can openly discuss their issues and road to dealing with them in a very entertaining way is therapeutic. Every episode so far is inspiring and comforting to learn what the guest has been through and where they are now is motivating. I really don’t know what more to say about the show other than I can not recommend it enough, it is hilarious, insightful and I have connected with it in a way I have not with another podcast. John’s goal behind the show is to remove the stigma around depression and mental illness to get people talking about it because that is the only way to combat the problem. Well let this blurb some of my contribution to that goal, whether you’re having problems or not this show is worth your time.
The Big Lebowski
I listened to the WTF podcast featuring Jeff Bridges over the weekend and just listening to Jeff talk to Marc about The Big Lebowski made me want to rewatch it and I've done so twice in the last week. Everything about this movie is infinitely rewatchable. Quotable line after quotable line. Perfect casting, perfect pacing. It's just a great movie. Jeff Bridges is a perfect casting and he is just so physically funny in this movie. There's one scene in particular that I rewatch over and over every time I see it and that is when he is sitting on the back of Maude Lebowski's limo and the driver is telling him a joke, his reaction and calling the driver "Tone" just tickles me like few scenes in any movie has.
All that being said, The Big Lebowski if you haven't seen it, is a weird movie. It's weird the first time. It's kinda better the second time. It's good the third time, and it just keeps getting better each and every time after that. I think Jeff Bridges put it best when he said this movie is like popcorn, once you start it's just so easy to keep going. The Dude abides.