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This Column Has Seven Days #134 // True Stories From Comfy Couches

Devin R Bruce is a friend to Variant Edition and to all good-hearted creatures who roam the Earth. In each installment of This Column Has Seven Days, Devin discusses his favourite pop culture experiences of the past week in an effort to share the joy of an overlooked gem, an old favourite that’s bubbled up to the surface, or a classic work that he’s finally gotten around to. Comic books, movies, television, novels, podcasts, music, Old Time Radio: there’s something for everyone. Here’s what he’s been up to this week.

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Hey all. I’m feeling under the weather so this week’s “reviews” are just going to be a few sentences about a handful of awesome things. Then: morre medication and sleep. It’s the best thing for all of us, trust me.

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The man, the icon, the fake Internet judge: John Hodgman.

John Hodgman is one the most important creative forces to affect my life over the last ten years. He just put out his latest book, Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches, a book that I have not yet read because every time I think about purchasing it I hear my mother’s voice in my head saying “Put it on your Christmas list!” and I cannot disappoint my brain mother. However, a recent interview with the man himself is helping me to keep my Hodgman cravings at bay. Jesse Thorn, podcast and public radio personality and co-host of the Judge John Hodgman podcast, recently interviewed the man himself for Thorn’s public radio show, Bullseye. He recently released a (mostly) unedited version of the interview as a bonus episode of Judge John Hodgman, and it’s honestly giving me light and life right now. There are new and revealing insights about Hodgman’s previous and current work, as well as thoughts about art and humanity and life itself. By the way things are going, I’m going to listen to it at least twice every week until I finally get my hands on a copy of Vacationland.

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A still from the opening scene of The Scarecrow with Buster Keaton and Joe Roberts.

This weekend I saw The Scarecrow, a film that has become my new favourite Buster Keaton short. It’s not even that the whole thing is amazing. The entire thing rests on the opening eight minutes, featuring Keaton and Joe Roberts as roommates in a one-room house. It’s packed full of some of the best visual gags I’ve ever seen; I laughed so hard tears streamed down my eyes. It’s available on YouTube if you don’t happen to have a copy of Buster Keaton’s collected short films on Blu-Ray like some weirdo I may know.

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Curtis Harding’s new album, Face Your Fear, is a neo-soul injection of the highest quality. Harding’s got a sweet tenor voice and even sweeter falsetto that matches perfectly to the psychedelic funky R&B jams on this album. I’m just getting into the album but I’m loving the smooth and subtle instrumentation on tracks like “As I Am” and “Wednesday Morning Atonement.” Harding’s words strike at the heart of me, and his music soothes and aches with equal measure. Highly recommended.

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That’s all for this week, folks. Until next time, stay hydrated. I know that’s my plan. I’ll see you in seven days.

AUTHOR: Devin R. Bruce
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