I’m the kind of guy who just becomes obsessed about something for no rational reason other than it is new to me and I like it. Here are three of those things I’m obsessed with right now:
Bravo’s Top Chef. I broke my no TV during summer rule to watch this amazingly addictive reality show that actually treats the contestants with respect, has real challenges that make sense and doesn’t talk down to the audience. When is the last time you saw reality TV like that?
World Music. This one came out of nowhere. Well, I guess not out of “nowhere”. When I start to listen to a lot of music, which I’m prone to do, and it becomes “too much” I suddenly find a paradigm shift in my tastes and latch onto something new and different. And I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately. With Easy Street records right down the street, New CD Day has taken on new meaning, and CDs have replaced DVDs in my obsessiveness on Tuesday new release days. All of the sudden I buy a Bhangra CD (Indian Bollywood-like dance music). Then a reggae CD. Then I discover the Rough Guide series of CDs from some cheap sampler disks and become instantly hooked. Right now I’m listening to music from the Congo. Crazy!
Westerns. Long thought to be a dead genre in American filmmaking, it is fighting to come back. First, season 3 of Deadwood came out on DVD, which was awesome (although the ending, probably of the entire series, I found rather anti-climatic). Then I watched Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter Now, two Westerns are coming out in the next month, a remake of 3:10 to Yuma and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Both of which look awesome, and I can’t wait.