1. You Must List.
Regular readers of my blog know that I’m a big fan of the American magazine Entertainment Weekly. Every week, the magazine’s Must List introduces the essential and unmissable TV, film, music and book releases for that week, and, now that Entertainment Weekly has turned 25, their editors have gathered the best of 25 years of pop culture in a new book, called The Must List. Featured topics include Greatest Villains, One-Hit Wonders, Best Superheroes, Mobsters, Zombies, Dystopias, Shocking Snubs, Unsexiest Sexy Moments, British Imports, Memorable Deaths, Late Night Comedy Wars and many more binge-worthy lists. On a recent trip to New York, I treated myself with The Must List at Barnes & Noble at Fifth Avenue. That’s my must read for the Holidays.
2. You Must Dream.
Through a posthumous record with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, nearly 40 years after his death, The King, Elvis Presley, has once again returned to the music charts. The elegant orchestration breathes new life into 14 Elvis songs showcasing the singer’s unforgettable voice. Yes, yes. Purists and self-appointed experts might not like it, but I want to state: This album is not the usual symphonically remastered pre-Christmas kitsch; it is a surprisingly contemporary Elvis retrospective, and off the beaten tracks. It contains some greatest hits, and not-so-well-known song material. If I can Dream is currently my favourite album on Spotify, but I’m actually writing this column to ensure that someone considers giving me the special edition CD, with the black and white cover photo and the ancient RCA logo, as a Christmas gift. I’ve been an Elvis fan since my visit to the big London Elvis exhibition, reviewed here in my blog back in February: Elvis was the First YouTuber, I wrote in February, and his wonderful new album is a must under your Christmas tree.
Read the article: “Elvis the first YouTuber”
3. You Must Find
(…a Hidden Chamber Full of Wonders in King Tut’s Tomb, Dear Dr. Reeves!) British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves believes that Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti’s tomb. Reeves developed his theory after examining high-resolution images of the tomb’s walls and spotting lines, perhaps indicative of a doorway, previously hidden by paint and the walls’ texture. An unknown chamber might hide behind. But, while King Tutankhamun owes his fame to the stunning treasures that were buried with him after his death, Queen Nefertiti is remembered for her remarkable life. The bust of her face, an iconic image as popular as King Tut’s golden mask, attests to her legendary beauty. And yet, the tomb of Nefertiti has never been found. Does her mummified body, prepared for its journey to the afterlife, rest in the Valley of the Kings next to the boy king? We Must Know!
Isn’t a Must List much better than a Wish List?
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