Notes from the sickbed

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Apologies for no post today: out of nowhere I’ve caught an awful cold, and I feel enfeebled, weak as a kitten, and not a little peevish.  Cheer me up in the comments by sharing what you’ve read or watched lately that you’ve really liked, and/or what you’re most excited about doing this weekend.

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    Kim
    3 Mar 2019
    1:06pm

    Love that you mentioned in your interview that blue functions like black but is more flattering as we age. How about a blue is the new black type of post? I’d love to see some dresses and basics in blue.

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    Amy
    1 Mar 2019
    11:34am

    No recommendation, just dropping in to say that I had that sexy picture of Mick Jagger pinned up in my bedroom for all of my high school years <3

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    Donna
    22 Feb 2019
    12:30pm

    I’m watching NF’s Good Girls rn

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    Kathi
    22 Feb 2019
    12:34pm

    If you haven’t seen Homecoming on Amazon, I highly recommend it. Will be starting The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran, picked up book based on comments found on GOACA. Not too much planned this weekend as it is expected to be crappy weather here in Iowa, which means baking cookies and snuggle time with my cat, Fred. Feel better soon!!

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    Ellen
    22 Feb 2019
    12:14pm

    Liar on Sundance. Shtisel on Netflix.

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    Jane
    22 Feb 2019
    12:14pm

    Ordeal By Innocence! A great watch, sick or not, but perfectly guilt-free if you are. This is a 3-part adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel starring Bill Nighy. Fanbloodytastic. We viewed it via Amazon. Details of the series: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09ytrgg and where to watch in the US: https://www.amazon.com/Ordeal-By-Innocence-Season-1/dp/B07FDDLMXW

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    Francine
    22 Feb 2019
    12:22pm

    Sorry to hear you’re sick! I had a cold last weekend and spent three days in bed watching ‘The Tunnel’ – which coincidentally, was mentioned on THIS site! LOVED it. Then started rewatching…
    – Get Shorty (season 1 is on Netflix)
    – I’m Sorry (season 1 on Netflix; season 2 on TruTV) – Andrea Savage is genius!
    -Catastrophe on Amazon (rewatching all three seasons to prep for Season 4)

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      Kim France
      22 Feb 2019
      1:01pm

      I just accidentally discovered I’m Sorry and think it’s a scream.

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        Liz
        25 Feb 2019
        1:17pm

        I like that show, but have you noticed the dad literally NEVER fathers his kid? I’m not even sure he’s actually ever spoken to her the entire show. I find that super annoying and distracting, even though I get that it’s so Andrea Savage can deliver her jokes.

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      RA
      22 Feb 2019
      4:30pm

      Loved ‘Get Shorty,’ both seasons. Can’t wait for the third one! I also just read ‘Thanks a lot, Mr Kibblewhite,’ Roger Daltrey’s memoir. If you are a Who fan, it’s a must-read! I couldn’t put it down.

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    Valerie Strauss
    22 Feb 2019
    12:29pm

    Offspring (Netflix). Make it through the long pilot and the second episode and you’ll be hooked.

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    elise
    22 Feb 2019
    12:03pm

    Well crap – sorry to hear you are sick! Me too but at least I’m on a sunny beach in MX which obviously makes recovery infinitely better! Going to attempt to get some medicine with my very limited Spanish. Anyhoo – just finished The Reluctant Fundamentalist and really enjoyed it! Quick read and very interesting. Feel better chica!

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    Doyenne
    22 Feb 2019
    11:37am

    Has anyone watched “Lorena” on Prime yet? I zoomed through it earlier this week and started re-watching it already. Here are my hot takes: E1 – “Ooh, Salacious!” E2 – “Really salacious!” E3 – WHOA. E4 – “Aww, geez. Just…geez. That’s just bad.” ((Don’t google the details of the Lorena Bobbit story if you don’t know much. I was around for the story when it broke but didn’t pay attention to anything beyond the gist of what happened. This docu-series, produced by the great Jordan Peele, is so well constructed.))

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    Denise
    22 Feb 2019
    11:41am

    Marvelous Mrs Masel and Downton Abbey on Prime, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Father Brown Mysteries on Netflix all have fantastic period ccostumes and fun storylines. I also agree that Schitt’s Creek and Call the Midwife are excellent. If I was sick in bed, though, I would watch all the modern Doctor Whos. I recently read and loved Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney, but it’s spooky as hell, so IDK if it’s a good sickbed read. Anything by Jasper Fflorde might be a better idea.

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    Heather
    22 Feb 2019
    11:42am

    I’ve been re-watching The Sopranos (I watched episodes here and there when it first came out, when I was in grad school – we’d have to go over to the apt of the one person in my complex who had premium cable, and I had a cat who really liked pot smoke, so he would come too, #thegoodolddays), and it’s as great as it ever was. I’m also reminded of how enormous a loss was James Gandolfini – such extraordinary talent, gone too soon.

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      Liz
      23 Feb 2019
      3:24pm

      HBO ran all the eps over the days leading up to the 20th anniversary. I re-watched most. Somehow the show is timeless.

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    Kirstjen
    22 Feb 2019
    11:46am

    I’m loving the Marvelous Mrs Maisel & I plan on watching BlacKKKlansman this weekend. Going to the Illinois Holocaust Museum for an exhibit on American Slavery and also planning on doing some graffiti photography nearby.

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      c.w.
      22 Feb 2019
      2:05pm

      BlackKKKlansman is really, really, really good.

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    KB
    22 Feb 2019
    11:51am

    Greetings from sunny Berkeley CA (sorry not sorry)! 🌞😘 Sorry you’re sick, Kim. As the SO of a TV critic I can help with the flu-watching ideas. Killing Eve, Fleabag, Patriot (aka Sad Spies) all mentioned above are great. Counterpart on Starz is amazing. All of these: dark! The Detectorists (BBC) is quiet and sweet and funny without even a hint of darkness. Have fun and feel better soon.

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      c.w.
      22 Feb 2019
      2:07pm

      The Detectorists is one of my favorites. You can get it on Acorn and I think it’s on Netflix now.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      23 Feb 2019
      2:53am

      I LOVED Fleabag and Killing Eve. I can’t wait for more.

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      Louise
      25 Feb 2019
      8:48pm

      I absolutely support this suggestion – The Detectorists is wonderful and perfect for your convalescence. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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    Debra K
    22 Feb 2019
    11:51am

    Russian Doll and Patriot both got me through my annual wintertime one woman show I like to call: “I Am Sick Leave Me Alone So I Can Eat My Popsicles In Peace While I Sneeze and Cough So Hard It Makes Me Pee a Little.” Hope you feel better soon!!! This weekend my partner and I are headed to Palm Springs/Salton Sea area to look at the Desert X art installations and to check out a site for a piece we are collaborating on – he and I are working on something together for the first time and I am super excited to see if we can pull it off.

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      Liz
      22 Feb 2019
      3:31pm

      There’s some amazing outdoor art installations around that area, which you may already know about: Desert Christ Park in Yucca Valley; Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art Museum in Joshua Tree (a must see); Rhyolite, Nevada; Salvation Mountain in Niland; I’ve heard Slab City is awesome, but I haven’t been there…I love all the outsider art in that area. Oh, and the Sky Village Flea Market in Joshua Tree’s installation called The Crystal Cave, which an old hippie made for his daughter’s wedding, is pretty great.

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      Jen
      23 Feb 2019
      2:01pm

      I have also performed in that one-woman show!! It’s a slog.

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    Beth
    22 Feb 2019
    11:52am

    Weird – I woke up feeling EXACTLY the same way yesterday, completely out of the blue. Fever-y, chilled, achy. On the up side, I used it as an excuse to dive into Sex Education, and it’s just as great as everyone’s been telling me it is. On the absolute other end of the spectrum, The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes is my favorite feel-good, have-on-in-the-background show these days. House dreams for days.

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    Emily TL
    22 Feb 2019
    11:14am

    I also vote for Russian Doll – it is the perfect length for a binge. Also, Patriot on Amazon is dark, funny, odd, haunting, totally implausible and immensely watchable.

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      Denise Vermillion
      22 Feb 2019
      11:26am

      I started Russian Doll last night on the advice of friends and am hooked. They also recommended Patriot!

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        April DePietto
        22 Feb 2019
        4:07pm

        Russian Doll is SOOOO good!!! And they r quick epaiodes. Natasha Lyonne is fantastic!

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    Mimi
    22 Feb 2019
    11:14am

    So sorry you’re feeling lousy. If you haven’t seen “Ozark” on Netflix it’s addictive and highly bingeable. Also loved “Free Solo,” which will probably win the best documentary feature Oscar and “Isle of Dogs,” nominated for best animated feature. (Both are streamable from Amazon.) The latter is visually stunning, amazingly creative and a political parable to boot. From Wes Anderson. Sunday is my 71st birthday! I hear there’ll be a big party in my honor in LA on Sunday. (Or maybe it has something to do with giving out movie awards.) I have a ski date with two friends on this sunny, clear day and my husband and I have tickets for a symphony concert tonight. Tomorrow my best friend and I have a skate-skiing adventure planned. After much trial and error over the years, mostly error, my husband heeded my hint that a lovely birthday gift would be a framed photograph we first spotted last summer. It’s an impressionistic view of a lake that reminds me of a Rothko painting.
    http://marybethandjoephotography.com/landscapes/ #18 We’ll hang it today.
    A DSquared2 sweater I’d failed to buy more than a year ago and unavailable ever since popped up in my Yoox Dreambox this morning and I have a 15% off code. Even if it isn’t as wonderful as I think it will be, at least I’ll be able to delete it from my mental “one that got away” list. Our 11 1/2 year old retriever mix’s new arthritis med (Galliprant) has been the fountain of youth. So I am polymorphously grateful as long as I don’t think too much about the state of our nation and the crook/idiot in charge. Take it easy and hope you feel better soon.

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      Heather
      22 Feb 2019
      11:44am

      Let me just say, you sound awesome. But I’m rooting for RBG for best documentary 🙂

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      Viajera
      22 Feb 2019
      1:02pm

      Ditto what Heather said, that was a really interesting comment. And inspiring! And, Happy Birthday!!

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        Mimi
        22 Feb 2019
        5:52pm

        Thanks much for the compliment and birthday wishes. I haven’t seen “RBG” yet, but I watched “Minding the Gap” after listening to a rapturous podcast about it. But we only lasted 20 minutes. Thought it was terrible! One of my favorite docs ever is “Every Little Step,” about assemling the cast for the 25th anniversary production of “A Chorus Line.” That might cheer up Kim and anyone else who’s sick.

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      y.k.
      22 Feb 2019
      10:41pm

      happy birthday mimi! you sound fun!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      23 Feb 2019
      3:00am

      Happy Birthday, Mimi! (Wait, are you saying that YOU are taking your dog’s arthritis meds and it’s the fountain of youth? I’m easily confused.)

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    Nykole
    22 Feb 2019
    11:20am

    If you haven’t watched The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt yet, do it. It’s weird and hilarious and unlike any other show on television. And it might put your shitty cold into perspective because at least you’re not trapped in an underground bunker by a nutjob! Woo!

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    Hilary Van Kleeck
    22 Feb 2019
    11:21am

    I’m so late to this party but watch Downton Abbey, if you haven’t already!!! I also recommend Collateral, Bodyguard, and Ozark. You’ve probably seen these already, but if not ENJOY, and feel better.😍

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      Doyenne
      22 Feb 2019
      11:28am

      Never too late to escape to the Abbey! And a thoroughly enjoyable companion piece are (is? are? whatever) the episode recaps in the TV archives over at Go Fug Yourself. Just be careful of murrrrderrrr! 😉

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    Denise
    22 Feb 2019
    11:23am

    Marvelous Mrs Masel and Downton Abbey on Prime, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Father Brown Mysteries on Netflix all have fantastic period ccostumes and fun storylines. I also agree that Schitt’s Creek and Call the Midwife are excellent. If I was sick in bed, though, I would watch all the modern Doctor Whos.

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    Bonnie Posick
    22 Feb 2019
    11:24am

    Just finished binge-watching Russian Doll and You (a little strange but interesting all the same) after I spent entirely too much time re-watching all the seasons of The Sopranos (What can I say? I live in Connecticut and the weather mostly sucks in winter). Plan to watch Umbrella Academy next. This weekend, I’ll be petting cats and walking dogs at the rescue.

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      valerie
      22 Feb 2019
      1:26pm

      I also recommend You. It was totally creepy and made me incredibly anxious but I still watched it all the way through. Can’t wait for season 2!

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    Alysa
    22 Feb 2019
    11:30am

    Sorry you are sick. That is the worst feeling.
    Well, this is not a plan for the week, but for next month. I just booked my flight for Israel and am so excited! I leave March 25th. Will spend a few days in Tel Aviv and a few in Jerusalem. Am now checking out Airbnbs and figuring out my itinerary.

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    lindalindanyc
    22 Feb 2019
    11:31am

    Ugh – I had two (!) rounds of flu this winter, and each was miserably exhausting. I wholeheartedly join the Schitt’s Creek bandwagon — it gets better & better, and honestly is one of the loveliest, funniest shows. Perfect for when you’re feeling peevish & overall yucky. Separately, I can say that I would always (just generally) feel loads better if that fella was in my bed looking like that 🙂 Feel tons better soon!!

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    Erin
    22 Feb 2019
    11:13am

    Call the Midwife recently got me thru a rough patch of season depression. It’s so charming. But for a laugh, I also love Schitt’s Creek. Have you ever had a citrus defender from Starbucks? It’s steamed lemonade and tea with honey. It’s a cure all! Feel better.

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    c.w.
    22 Feb 2019
    9:56am

    So sorry you’re ill! My inclination is to give you a list of things to take/drink/do to improve your health, but you ARE an adult and it would be best if I tamp that inclination DOWN. What I’m reading is Deep Creek by Pam Houston (memoir) and Thirteen Days in September by Lawrence Wright which is about the Camp David meeting between Jimmy Carter, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat to broker a peace deal in the Middle East. Both are worthwhile reads. And, of course, the Oscars is on Sunday which I don’t give a plug nickel about, but it’s always fun to see the dresses! Do hope you feel better SOON!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      23 Feb 2019
      3:07am

      I love to watch the red carpet and be all judgy about the dresses with my youngest daughter. We decided we could be the new Joan and Melissa Rivers, only slightly nicer. Unfortunately for me, she’s in Ireland and DH just doesn’t give a damn. (We joke that he could run over Kim Kardashian and not have a clue as to who she is!)

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    Shana
    22 Feb 2019
    10:14am

    Sex Education on Netflix, immediately. Or Schitt’s Creek, also on Netflix.

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      HickfromStyx
      22 Feb 2019
      10:20am

      Moira: style maven, professional actress, mother, motel resident. She is the grand diva of Schitt’s Creek. If that doesn’t lift your spirits, I don'{t know what will.

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      Colleen
      22 Feb 2019
      10:38am

      I second Schitt’s Creek!!! Feel better Kim!

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        Kim France
        22 Feb 2019
        11:28am

        LOVE Schitt’s Creek!

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    Meghan Keen
    22 Feb 2019
    10:23am

    Started The Great Believers yesterday and can’t stop reading it, so good!

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      Jan W
      22 Feb 2019
      1:45pm

      The Great Believers – I couldn’t put it down either. Feel better, Kim.

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      rachel
      22 Feb 2019
      10:24pm

      Loved that book.

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      Rita
      23 Feb 2019
      10:16pm

      It was really good–I read it in just a couple of days because I couldn’t put it down.

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    Eloise
    22 Feb 2019
    10:26am

    I’m heading to the Dior Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, tommorrow, followed by a zillion hours in front of my computer Sunday because I am a procrastinator! If you are up to binge watching, I recommend Russian Doll (Netflix) and Sneaky Pete (Amazon) if you haven’t seen Killing Eve (Amazon). (See above comment re: procrastination!) Seriously, Russian Doll and Sneaky Pete got me through an ugly 10-day bout with the flu that I thought was just a cold at first. If you have any doubt, hoof it to the doctors and get Tamiflu. And, most importantly, FEEL BETTER!

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      Doyenne
      22 Feb 2019
      11:32am

      RD, SP, and KE are all so great! I cannot get enough of how magical, funny, poignant, silly, and thoughtful Russian Doll is, all wrapped in succinct half-hour eps that are beautifully staged/shot.

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    Jennie
    22 Feb 2019
    10:29am

    Feel better! I bet you are witty even when crabby-sick. Rest up and watch the Looming Tower on Hulu.

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    Sue
    22 Feb 2019
    10:32am

    Russian Doll on Netflix. Those Who Wish Me Dead suspense novel by Michael Koryta. Not my go-to genre but excellent! Feel better!

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    Tamara
    22 Feb 2019
    10:50am

    Just recently joined the Madame Secretary bandwagon…it’s become the family obsession…

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      SR
      22 Feb 2019
      4:07pm

      Sunday nights at 9 are sacred Madam Secretary watching at my house. Love, love that show.

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    LG
    22 Feb 2019
    11:07am

    Really loving “One Day at a Time” on Netflix–it is just so charming and thoughtful and dear. Might help brighten your sick day! And I’m reading “A Place For Us” which is so, so good so far.

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      kj
      25 Feb 2019
      4:23pm

      I second “One Day at a Time.” It’s somehow modern and nostalgic all at once, and I’m always surprised at how often I laugh out loud while watching it. I hear it’s in danger of being cancelled, so add it to your lists!

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    Laura M
    22 Feb 2019
    11:10am

    ah! feel better soon. Fleabag season 2 returns in May – watch Phoebe Waller-Bridge in season 1 again and again. Have you seen her other show Crashing – hilarious. And Killing Eve returns in April. (little hand claps)

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    Tammy
    22 Feb 2019
    9:53am

    Ah, Mick. Now I want to crank some Rolling Stones!

    We have crap weather in the Midwest, so no fun plans. Probably hang with friends, go to dinner and have some wine and beer.

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    Leslie
    22 Feb 2019
    1:02pm

    The Stones were the topic of morning convo today at the office only because my girl crush is Patti Hansen and I attempt to imitate her fashion sense when I have somewhere to go. Tonight I’m going to a “Future of Fashion” event at The National Arts Club in Gramercy. Can’t wait!

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    Andrea G.
    22 Feb 2019
    1:06pm

    Definitely watch Russian Doll — it’s funny and then very deep and beautiful at the end. Also hydrate! A lot! Those vitamin C fizzy tablets are great because two in one. Hope you feel better really soon.

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    Viajera
    22 Feb 2019
    1:08pm

    Feel better soon!!!

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    HDF
    22 Feb 2019
    1:14pm

    Hey! Sadly I’m down with this nasty ass virus too since Sunday ! And had to fly back from Florida to Toronto with fever and chills – real fun…
    Sorry to hear you’re in the same sad boat:(
    The pic of Mick cheered me up tho!
    Yes watch ozark for sure and glad to see Canadian created Schitt’s Creek is a hit – Eugene Levy’s brother is my accountant lol 😂
    Fingers crossed for speedy recovery!

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    Lori
    22 Feb 2019
    1:24pm

    Old Adam Gopnik and Nora Ephron essays always make me feel better! Also like The High Low podcast; and recently enjoyed watching the first two episodes of SMILF … Get well soon! (-:

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      Sara
      25 Feb 2019
      8:35am

      I was just telling a friend that when I don’t necessarily have a book “on deck” to read next, or I just want to read something familiar, I will return to Nora Ephron again and again. Your comment made me smile, Lori!

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    suz
    22 Feb 2019
    1:35pm

    I have become addicted to watching The Magicians on netflix- it’s well written quirky fantasy stuff – very Buffy crossed with a grown up Harry Potter world. Which… I am not sure if that is your bag at all, but it makes good sickbed watching. Escapist with a meta brain – fun/weird

    Best watched with good chicken soup. Get better soon.

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    Kelly Simmons
    22 Feb 2019
    1:40pm

    Lovesick on Netflix. Funny and just comfortable. I miss it now, like an old friend from college. British, Four-Weddings-ish crossed with a good episode of Friends.

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      Jax
      22 Feb 2019
      3:00pm

      I love Lovesick (or previous title — Scrotal Recall)! Have a crush on Johnny Flynn.

      Speaking of other Brit shows (besides Catastrophe that I mentioned below) — Wanderlust was compelling watching, even if a bit inconsistent. And Toni Collette was really wonderful in it. Great portrayal of a woman in her 40s looking for a sexual pick-me-up (so to speak).

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        Liz
        22 Feb 2019
        3:40pm

        My people! I loved Lovesick, although I preferred its previous title, which I will admit is the whole reason I watched it in the first place. Yeah, I had a crush on Johnny Flynn in that, too, but then it disappeared when I watched the newest adaptation of Vanity Fair.

        Speaking of adaptation, the recent Howard’s End starring Hayley Atwell was beautifully done. I binged it.

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          Jax
          23 Feb 2019
          1:19pm

          Johnny Flynn is a great singer-songwriter too.
          I’ll have to avoid that Vanity Fair adaptation then! TBH, can’t imagine him in a period show.

          I do love Atwell too and Howard’s End is on my list! I loved the previous one as well.

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      suz
      22 Feb 2019
      4:21pm

      I watched it when it was still titled Scrotal Recall too – and fell hard for it. Such a great funny show. Green Wing is another great brit comedy that netflix has on tap now, along with Black Books.

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      Jamie
      24 Feb 2019
      7:59pm

      I agree!! Love that show.

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    Phyllis Kosminsky
    22 Feb 2019
    1:53pm

    So worry you are sick! If you get tired of tv, consider downloading a book on tape – very relaxing, infinite variety. I love anything by Alexander McCall Smith, but especially the 44 Scotland Street series. And of course, if you haven’t read Crazy Rich Asians (all three of them!) they are a great diversion. Nothing to add to the great tv suggestions here, except I just watched Eighth Grade and it is NOT to be missed.

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    Audrey
    22 Feb 2019
    1:57pm

    Hope you’re feeling better. “Bodyguard” on Netflix (I believe it’s a BBC show) is amazing! It’s only six episodes and even if you don’t jump at the words “political thriller”, this will have you on the edge of your seat.

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    Laura
    22 Feb 2019
    2:04pm

    I really enjoyed the book Circe
    and if you haven’t seen Crazy Ex-Girlfriend it is wonderful
    feel better

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    lc
    22 Feb 2019
    2:24pm

    If you haven’t read “I’m With the Band” yet, it’d be a good time to do that. Fascinating and f-ing hilarious, and yes Mick Jagger very much features.

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      TracyO
      23 Feb 2019
      4:29am

      Oh, yes – I’m with the Band is SO entertaining. It was made for flu/cold time in bed. You will be happy you’re sick (but, I hope you feel better quickly).

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    Jax
    22 Feb 2019
    2:58pm

    Waiting for Catastrophe season 4 to hit Amazon. It already played in the UK. Finally heard today it’ll be Mar 15.
    Otherwise, finishing up the Marvelous Mrs. Maizel, which I enjoy, but have conflicting feelings about. I will say, Rufus Sewell, not surprisingly, stole all his scenes. He and Tony Shalhoub are the only actors who are able to pace their own dialogue and scenes and not succumb to the Sherman-Palladino madness.
    I finally started watching Pamela Adlon’s Better Things. Need to finish the Americans season 4 (yep, still far behind, but it’s so intense and good!). Got one more Marie Kondo epsiode. Just started watching a quirky LetterKenny on Hulu (like if they transplanted It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to the southern border of Ontario, Canada — basically, somewhere in the middle of nowhere with Canuck yokels).
    Need to watch Roma. Not sure when though — also would prefer it on a big screen.
    See the Favourite, if you haven’t yet.

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    Julia
    22 Feb 2019
    3:33pm

    Inside number nine, available on Amazon. GENIUS!! No, really. Also, Happy Valley on Netflix, also fantastic. But everyone must watch inside number nine. If you don’t like the first episode, watch the second. They’re only half an hour.

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    Anne Lajoie
    22 Feb 2019
    3:37pm

    Sex Education on Netflix- Gillian Andersen- 80’s vibe- great writing- laughs- what’s not to love?

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    Amy in StL
    22 Feb 2019
    3:54pm

    I’ve been on Hulu Watching all of the Bob Newhart Show. So much good 70s fashion!

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      Jax
      23 Feb 2019
      1:15pm

      Oooh nice rec. There’s a lot of hidden gems on Hulu!

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    Cheryl Fiorillo
    22 Feb 2019
    4:14pm

    Hi Kim. Feel better! For reading, I recommend “Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller. I am currently reading “Circes” (same author) and binge watching “One Strange Rock” narrated by Will Smith.

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    amber
    22 Feb 2019
    4:21pm

    I DVR’d Runaway Bride a while back and finally got nostalgic the other night and settled in with my popcorn and white wine. Fell in love the the incomparable Julia Roberts all over again- her movies make me so happy. Wonder, if you haven’t seen it, is beautiful and you also get warm fuzzies from Owen Wilson in the bargain. Be warned you will need extra Kleenex, but at least if you’re in bed you likely won’t have to worry about your mascara relocating…

    An excellent book I just finished is “His Perfect Wife” by Natasha Bell.

    On Twitter- I love The Dodo and Thoughts of a Dog will cheer you up for sure!

    Feel better Kim

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    Nancy
    22 Feb 2019
    4:31pm

    I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks, mostly in the car or on public transit, but which I think are perfect for when you’re laid up, because they make you feel like Mommy’s reading you a bedtime story, and you don’t have to strain your eyes. It’s important to seek out works that are paired with top-notch narrators. “Great Expectations” is fantastic, as are “The Age of Innocence” and “Emma Bovary.” For a more contemporary lit-fix, I cannot recommend Kate Atkinson highly enough. I paper-read and audio-read her latest, “Transcription,” and have listened multiple times to “Life After Life” and “A God in Ruins.” Also very good: “H Is for Hawk,” by Helen Macdonald, who is the rare author who’s excellent at reading her work aloud (probably because she’s also a published poet).

    Not much screen time for me lately, but I second the votes for “Lorena.”

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      y.k
      22 Feb 2019
      10:45pm

      i too have recently discovered audiobooks – what a pleasure!
      i’m currently listening to Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five – read by Ethan Hawke – quite good.

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    AmyM
    22 Feb 2019
    4:41pm

    Escape at Dannemora on Showtime is solid. Patrcia Arquette is absolutely fantastic in it. And Bonnie Hunt, who I love but never see enough, also has a small but pivotal role. For no-thought-required pure enjoyment, Superstore is surprisingly delightful. The whole cast has great chemistry.

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    Mae
    22 Feb 2019
    6:44pm

    I’ve been on a Robert B. Parker jag for the past few months — the Jesse Stone novels. Jesse Stone struggles with his drinking, and I find his sessions with his shrink, Dix, to be fascinating.

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    Caroline
    22 Feb 2019
    6:51pm

    Ugh, so sorry your under the weather!
    Yes, Schitt’s Creek is at the top of my list. Moira😂
    I also recommend “Derry Girls” northern Irish high school girls in the 1980’s. It’s great!
    Also “ a Very British Scandal’ sooo good. Miniseries I would watch again in a heartbeat. Hugh Grant at his sleazy best. True story!
    I enjoyed Succession as well!
    Although you feel dirty afterwards,
    Then for a palate cleanser and pure period charms I recommend “ the Durrell’s of Corfu”
    Lawrence, Gerald and family lived on Corfu in the 1930’s.
    Also I bet you can get pho delivered in your zip code.
    That a must!
    Feel better!

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      Caroline
      22 Feb 2019
      9:08pm

      Forgot to mention the comfort food of t.v.. shows “The Great British baking show” I’m slightly ashamed to admit it.., but it’s perfect to take a little nap to on the sofa.

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    Gablesgirl
    22 Feb 2019
    6:54pm

    TCM gets me through sick days and when I can’t stand the news anymore. Seeing a college friend, trying a new bakery, working out and massage. Feel better.

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    Mae
    22 Feb 2019
    7:13pm

    One more thing, the all-natural cold/flu bomb recipe that got me through a bad cold last summer: 1/2 C. hot water, 1 T. honey, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 t. grated fresh ginger, 1/2 t. cayenne pepper, and one garlic clove put through a press. Slam it down quickly (it’s not to be savored), and not on an empty stomach. Repeat daily. This worked better than any over-the-counter cold medicine, without the disgusting (for me) side effects.

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    Mary
    22 Feb 2019
    7:32pm

    You have a long list of recommendations so I thought I would tell you about a new game my friend Lisa & I are playing, it’s called “How many Amazon coats can you count”. You see we live on the UES and they are every where, I count between 5 – 8 a day! And even I saw one in DC yesterday! Hopefully you can play a long soon, feel better.

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      rachel
      22 Feb 2019
      10:33pm

      Love this! I was visiting Concord, NH last weekend in my green version and saw a woman in a navy blue (which had been my first desire) and had I not been in-conversation I would have made contact. I haven’t seen anyone in Berkeley wearing one …

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      lc
      23 Feb 2019
      4:22pm

      It’s made it to Pittsburgh, too.

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    TMM
    22 Feb 2019
    8:06pm

    Just started Peaky Blinders – so good! I’m late the game, there’s already 5 seasons, but it doesn’t matter because it’s Netflix.

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    rach
    22 Feb 2019
    10:25pm

    Excited about the Handmaid’s tale sequel coming in September. Also, sequels to House on Haunted Hill and Penny Dreadful!

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    Rachel
    22 Feb 2019
    10:29pm

    Greetings from my sick bed across the continent.

    Have you read Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy? I never thought of myself as a “witch / vampire” book fan but I have completely enjoyed these novels. (Don’t start with the Sundance TV show.) They’re just great sink-into-fare plus DH is a professor of history at USC so the history part of the historical-fiction is fascinating. Ultimately it’s the story of a woman discovering, claiming and enlarging her power. And *that* is awesome.

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    Dawn
    23 Feb 2019
    1:29am

    I love “Call My Agent!” on Netflix or “Dix Pour Cent” in French. Oui! And I may be in the minority, but also loved “Roma.”

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      Ann
      23 Feb 2019
      10:33pm

      Oh yes, Call My Agent is wonderful, all those French actors sending themselves up. Isabel Huppert is particularly good. And the clothes !
      Get better soon!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    23 Feb 2019
    2:48am

    I’m in Wisconsin for the weekend visiting my parents and one brother. If I survive, it’ll be a freakin’ miracle. I made the comment that it would be fun to go for a fish fry, which is a Friday night tradition in Wisco, but that lead to an all-day argument between my brother, his wife and my parents over where we’d go. At that point, I wanted to say “f*ck it.” We drove to a town 30 minutes away, which meant my 85-yr old father was driving. He wasn’t a good driver in his younger days, but he’s gotten worse. Mom & Dad just bought a new car with all of the bells and whistles so every couple of minutes, there’d be a high pitched “beepbeepbeep” to alert him to his proximity to the highway’s shoulder or a sternly scolding robotic voice saying “Keep your eyes on the road!” I must admit, that made me laugh (which I was able to do since I had calculated the safest place to sit in case of an accident). However, the next high-stress moment came after my alcoholic brother downed 4 whiskey drinks in a hour and wanted to try out the new car and drive us home, to which I loudly declared, “Not after 4 drinks, you’re not!” He muttered under his breath, but at least we’re still alive. Ugh…family visits. 😉

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      Jeanne
      23 Feb 2019
      5:31pm

      I totally laughed. This sounded like a sitcom show in itself. Good luck out there.

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    Candy
    23 Feb 2019
    10:05am

    So sorry you’re sick, Kim. I spent the weekend nursing my daughter and grandson with their colds and I’m sure I’ll end up catching their germs and be reading these suggestions as I huddle in bed.
    For anyone who’s a Coen Brothers fan, really loved their new Ballad of Buster Scruggs. It’s an anthology of short stories that twists all the typical Old West myths and tropes. They wrote most of them, but one is a retelling of a little-known Jack London story that is really powerful.

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    Sara
    23 Feb 2019
    11:34am

    Sorry you are sick, Kim. Somehow (knock on wood) I have thus far avoided coming down with any illness this winter season which is really unusual for me as I typically have one bout of crud that lays me up for several days. I’m re-reading a 3 book series by Tarquin Hall about an Indian private detective and his escapades. I love the cultural immersion and the reading is charming and certainly not heavy, might be good for a period of illness when you can’t take anything too intense. As far as what to watch, I love all the British murder-y shows such as Happy Valley, Broadchurch, River, Marcella, et al. Hiding in Plain Sight documentary is way disturbing but very good also. Hope you feel better soon!

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    Laura
    23 Feb 2019
    3:43pm

    Sorry you’re feeling sick. I’ve been watching Brooklyn 99 with my teens and loving it. A little goofy but very fun. And have been reading Jeffrey toobin’s American heiress about patty hearst. A pretty crazy story and hard to imagine how different things were in the early 70s. Laura

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    Karin
    25 Feb 2019
    8:47am

    Feel better soon. White Dragon on Amazon!

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    Betsy
    25 Feb 2019
    10:56am

    Rewatching the Sporanos while reading The Sporano Sessions, True Detective Season 3 (amazing) and Rebecca with Charles Dance as Maxim. Best books recently include Educated and The Last Painting of Sara de Vos.

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    degratrj
    25 Feb 2019
    1:27pm

    A Million Little Things, Speechless, New Amsterdam…

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    Chelene
    25 Feb 2019
    2:49pm

    The Durrells in Corfu on Prime. I love me some Masterpiece Theatre. And I’m seriously thinking of picking up and moving my family to Corfu!

    The Night Manager (think it’s still on Prime) with Tom Hiddlestone. SUCH a well-acted miniseries. Loved it. Suspense, intrigue, Tom Hiddlestone. Need I say more.

    Someone earlier mentioned Lorena, which I also 2nd. So far, so very good.

    A few others: Bodyguard (Netflix), Offspring (Netflix; I became so obsessed with this show and the fashion of the women, and also the characters just draw you in), and the Fyre Festival documentary. omg what a shitshow that was and I had a ton of anxiety just watching it knowing that the train wreck was happening in real life and there was nothing they could do to stop it. Nothing.

    Get better!

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    KB
    25 Feb 2019
    4:44pm

    what an awesome Mick pic….was a fan since the 7th grade and am FINALLY going to my first Stones concert this Spring – better late than never! Feel better Kim!

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    Francine
    25 Feb 2019
    7:13pm

    Can we make a spreadsheet or something on these recommendations?! Honestly, I don’t want to miss anything!

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    Joan
    25 Feb 2019
    8:04pm

    Binge watched Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Loved that show. Ah yes young Mick, so sexy. I went slightly nuts and bought hubs and my two kids and their spouses tickets to both shows at what I still call Giants stadium. I have seen almost every tour they went on since the late sixties. I thought this may be the last time (pun intended) they will be performing in the NY area.

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