mutter minute – June 17

It’s been a week, hasn’t it? But it’s Friday (finally), so here are a few ideas of things to read, see and do over the next few days.

RIMG_1442ead The Nest, our inaugural pick for the mutterReads book club. It’s about four siblings, one of whom has blown through the family inheritance without really telling the others. If you’ve already finished it, there are several much-reviewed books out in paperback this week including Dear Mr. You, an innovative collection of letters written by Mary Louise Parker (yes, that one) to the men in her life. Each letter explores her relationships as mother, daughter, friend, lover and colleague in language that is lyrical, raw and poignant. Perfect for Father’s Day!

Watch Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Jerry Seinfeld just premiered the eighth season of this online series, in which he picks up a famous comedian (and in one episode, President Obama) in a vintage car, and then drives them both to get coffee and chat. The guest list is a who’s who of famous comedians – Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Schumer, Jon Stewart – but Seinfeld also interviews folks who aren’t household names and, in his opinion, should be. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for inspiration, or just a laugh.

Do: It’s been a tough week, so let’s all take some time to step away from our screens and enjoy the things we like to do on a summer weekend. Explore your city, spend time with your family, read a book or paddle a canoe, maybe go see Finding Dory even if you don’t have kids. Think about the little things that make you smile, and let’s focus on those for awhile. Sound good?

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We’d also like to say a special thank you to all the dads, grandfathers, uncles, and all the other guys out there who make a difference in a child’s life. You’re the best!

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