Cate Le Bon
She sounds like nobody else. I find the up-tempo stuff very groovy. At the same time it’s so off-kilter. There’s descending notes in minor chords and drone-y saxophone. And I find her singing emotional, and yet she’s Bowie-esque, distant and unknowable. Not a false note in the entire discography.
I’ve always been pretty talented at napping. It doesn’t have to be that long, but there has to be one. I have less time to do it since I’ve been a parent. I’m sort of sounding scarily like my dad when I say that. I picture him asleep with a Kindle on his chest. But my favorite thing in a leisure-filled day: I’m going to start to read lying down, I’m going to close the book, take a nap, wake up and keep reading.
I didn’t go to college, and I kind of consider it my alma mater. I like their breadth of coverage. It’s local, it’s national, it’s global. I like most of the personalities on it, and I find something about their — it’s not monotone, but it’s soft tones — very reassuring. It’s a calm, assured personality, giving you what I think is a well-rounded coverage. I’m sure some people would disagree, but they’re wrong.
These are some of the best scenes on television. You have two great actors, and a monster scene for them to do with a real beginning, middle and end. I also am a big fan of the formatting, taking the historical record and bending it to a theme and an arc versus a cliffhanger. They’re really doing their own mini three-act movie in each episode.
‘Avatar: The Way of Water’
I say this as someone who didn’t even like the first one. But I have a retroactive appreciation for it now because I like the second one so much. I took my daughter, who’s 7. I was like, “It’s over three hours long, and I’ve heard mixed things, but let’s go see, and if we want to leave, we’ll leave.” And I proceeded to have one of the best times I’ve had at the movies in decades. For starters, I cried — we both did — and I haven’t cried at a movie since “Titanic.”
‘Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter’
My daughter and I watched the cartoon series that Goro Miyazaki did, and then we read the book. It’s a year in the life of this 9-year-old girl who lives in an abandoned fortress with her mother and her loving but volatile father and his group of robbers in medieval Renaissance times. She starts to explore the forest and then meets a boy her age. It’s so in touch with nature and the cycles of life, her very first pangs of love and her growing independence. And at the end of every chapter, the writer, Astrid Lindgren, had a phrase or two that really got to me — simple and yet emotional.