Short Attention Span Blues

Sometimes I'm not in the mood for taking on a long book, film, or CD, or, I want the satisfaction of finishing something in one day. Here are some of my picks for when I have a case of the short attention span blues.

Is This It

Is This It (CD) by the Strokes

The Strokes debut album and, at 35:34, it contains no filler. It has been named by several publications as one the best albums of the 00's.

Pastoralia

Pastoralia by George Saunders

A collection of stories that originally ran in The New Yorker. The stories are set in a dystopian near future where the characters are the "have nots" in a world where capitalism has run amok. Surprisingly wacky and touching, these are characters you won't soon forget.

La Jetée

La Jetée (DVD)

La Jetée is a science fiction film with influence beyond its 28 minutes in length. Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys was directly influenced by this film and Time Magazine ranked it number 1 in their list of "Top 10 Time-Travel Movies".

Timeless Classics

Timeless Classics (Audio book)

A collection of some of the best examples of the short story genre on audio book. If you like these, you can check out the series here.

Un chien andalou

Un chien andalou (DVD)

This surrealist silent film is a collaboration between Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel. This film has been unsettling people since its release in 1929 and, at only 16 minutes, it is a brief trip into weirdness.

Pink Moon 

Pink Moon (CD)

Singer/Songwriter, Nick Drake's third and final album. It was recorded at midnight over two nights, with some songs being recorded in only one take. It is a beautiful, compelling album and it is only a little over 28 minutes.

The bakery girl of Monceau

The bakery girl of Monceau (DVD)

The first film of Eric Rohmer's series "Six Moral Tales", it has a non-intimidating length of 23 minutes, and is a meet-cute for the intellectual set.

Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-eyed Stranger

Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-eyed Stranger  (Downloadable Audio Book)

A collection of funny and bittersweet stories, and, for fans of Southern fiction, Lee Smith's ear for dialog is a treat.

Pixar Short Films Collection

Pixar Short Films Collection (DVD)

A great chance to watch the Pixar team develop their craft in these delightful short films.

 

 

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