Reynolds’ best book, music, television and pod 2014
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The best book I read in 2014 was Thrown by Kerry Howley. If you had told me that the best book I’ve ever read about MMA (mixed martial arts) would be written by a female philosophy grad student with no previous experience with or interest in martial arts, I would have said, ”yeah right.” But that is exactly what has happened. Following two fighters (one down and on his way out, one young and on his way up) we get to see two totally different sides of the world of MMA through the eyes of said grad student. Her perspective is fresh and entirely unique (yet strangely she gets the details of the sport right). The language is beautiful and funny, and the pace is perfect, never dragging. And most importantly, you do not need to be a fan of MMA to appreciate this book.
My favorite albums this year were Run the Jewels and Run the Jewels 2 by Killer Mike and El-P, aka Run The Jewels. Heavy beats, hard core hip hop with awesome lyrics. Killer Mike is one of the best MCs alive and El-P is not far behind him. Together they are AWESOME.
My favorite podcast this year was Serial – a riveting podcast about a murder case from 1999. Over 12 episodes, Sarah Koenigruns a fine-tooth comb through the case. Listening to Serial, I flip-flopped back and forth several times as to whether I thought the man serving a life sentence is guilty or not. This is radio at its best.
My favorite viewing experience of 2014 was without a doubt True Detective. Because the story was spellbinding, the cinematography amazing, and Matthew McConaughey as Detective Rust Cohle is one of the greatest things in the history of tv ever.