The Sunday List, Issue 18

This is the space where I share what I’ve been reading, watching, listening to and loving. These are things I recommend. Since I have vastly exceeded this week’s word limit (see: Interiors), I’m going to keep things on the lean side today.

Good Canadian things:
The Vinyl Cafe Stories from CBC Radio podcast (by Stuart MacLean) is available for free on i-tunes. A friend from school recently told me that if more ministers told a story this way, he’d go to church more often. One of favourite Dave stories, “Dave Cooks the Turkey”, was part of the podcast on December 17, 2011. The story begins at 6 minute + 24 seconds.

Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall by Rufus Wainwright. Favourite Track: How long has this been going on?

Other yummy things:
Sunday Sermons at The School of Life. I like this one on Passion by Ken Robinson.

Moneyball, a film that is – and is not – about baseball. I watched it on a plane which seems to be the only place I see films since we moved to Japan. Brad Pitt and Jonas Hill have both been nominated for Oscars for their performances in this film.

(If you’ve just returned from Outer Mongolia and missed the Oscar nominations, here are the nominees.)

The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman.

The Morran Book Project by Camilla Engman. I wrote about the book here.

Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found by Sophie Blackall

On Love: A Novel by Alain de Botton. A wonderful read for the philosophical-crowd.

Please do share what you are loving right now.


  1. I love the vinal cafe stories my favorite is the one with the Epicurian magazine and the truffles. I will check out the freebies on itunes. 🙂 I’ve been missing Dave and his family.

    1. I’m not sure if I remember the one with the truffles (although a picture of Dave’s misadventures is already beginning to form in my head) so I’m going to look it up now. Thanks, April.

      The Vinyl Cafe podcast on i-tunes is an hour long and is often taken from a live show that Stuart McLean has performed in Canada or the USA. He normally opens with a little monologue about the place that he’s visiting, there’s a feature called “The Story Exchange” – sweet stories written by regular people, there are a couple of musical performances by a local guest and (happily) there’s always a story about Dave & Morley.

      Hearing Stuart McLean’s voice still makes me homesick!

    1. I just checked out Food52 and I can see why you love it. It is yummy in both senses of the word – the recipes sound tasty and the lay-out and photos are gorgeous to look at. Thanks for sharing that with me.

      I’m also down with the cosy-couchness and those raisins in your oatmeal… I bet they turned breakfast into a little party in your mouth!

      Yes… and that box of chocolates! They were a Christmas gift from a student and the chocolates have been gone for some time now 🙂 (Tee hee!)

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