Happy almost weekend, folks! 


Mandy W. continued with the Last of Us recaps, and this week’s resort is getting no stars.

Brian posted a review of Cocaine Bear, a movie in which—you guessed it—involved cocaine and a bear. And a surprising amount of other plotlines.

Stephanie shared her love of 9-1-1 and gave a few reasons why you, too, will come to love it in this week’s Stream It.

In this week’s Book Reports:

Book-Related Things

Writing tips from Javier Grillo-Marxuach.

Which Last Hours character are you?

Stephenie Meyer is threatening promising two more Twilight novels.

“Crooked Houses and Bizarre Buildings: Five Stories Featuring Architectural Oddities.”

Coco Ma talks representation in YA literature.

“114 Queer and Feminist Books Coming Your Way Spring 2023.”

“Developing Nuanced Cultural Stories With Writer Mary H.K. Choi.”

Here’s an excerpt of Chloe Gong’s Foul Heart Huntsman.

News on DC’s upcoming YA graphic novel Barda, written and illustrated by Ngozi Ukazu.

Onscreen Things

Barry returns next month for its fourth and final season.

Schmigadoon will get gritter in the show’s second season.

Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey continue to be The Cutest.

Jon Bernthal will return as the Punisher in Disney+’s upcoming Daredevil: Born Again.

Social Media Things



Honestly that man was more terrifying than any zombie #tlou #thelastofus

♬ original sound – Sarah 🌈

(See the related Last of Us recap here.)

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Miscellaneous Things

Perfect headline is perfect: “Harry Styles required to provide the story of his life for New Zealand census.”

What’d we miss? Add your fave distractions of the week in the comments.

Mandy (she/her) is a manager at a tech company who lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, son, and dogs. She loves superheroes and pretty much any show or movie with “Star” in the name.