Things We Love: Alive staff picks

From the July 10, 2014 edition


Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle: Book 2”

I’m finally getting around to reading the second volume after picking the first in this space several weeks ago. The Norwegian’s memoir continues to be the most banal, and yet engrossing, addictive and engaging thing I’ve read in years.


Potato salad

It's pretty good.


Sketch a message! 

I just discovered you can draw pictures in Google Hangout. L. Kuntz and I have officially upped our tag-team doodle game!

Lauren K.

Audio books

They make long car rides by yourself bearable and are even better when they are read by someone famous.



At a recent Strongwater show, the guitar/drums duo introduced a new bass player and a thicker, meatier sound.


Watching all three “Transformers” movies at the same time

The Half in the Bag movie review web series had three critics watch all three “Transformers” movies simultaneously — while drinking. The result is hilarious, producing lines like, “[The robots] all just look like junkyard explosions.”


Bomb Pop cocktails at 16-Bit

I had three, even though the desired result was reached at the one-and-a-half mark.



I want wireless EVERYTHING.