Master of None

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I can’t even remember how I discovered this series, but it’s just magnificent. Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, the show talks about the life of a 30-year-old actor named Dev who lives in NYC.

Aziz (who created wrote and produced the series) is also the main character. The series deals with extremely important social issues, from the alternative birth control Plan B, appreciating immigrant parents, a relationship in this modern and technological age and discrimination, sexism and injustice.

It’s a comedy, but not some dumb and idiotic thing with no actual depth. I was really surprised by the quality of the show. Not because I didn’t have faith in Aziz, but it said comedy and the trailer is upbeat and funny. I hadn’t realized the social issues that were being discussed.

Season 2 is coming out tomorrow on Netflix and I plan on completely putting my life on hold and binge watching the shit out ot of this new season.

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I love this series so much because it’s real. I’ve been saying it a lot in past blog post (This is us mainly…), but this is what I’m looking for in a tv series.

The cast is really good, really authentic, diverse and really talented! Denise and Arnold are just two amazing characters and Lena Waithe and Eric Wareheim are hilarious. Also, Dev’s mom and dad are Aziz’s real parents! And they are soo funny!

 

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Left to Right: Aziz’s parent Shoukath and Fatima Ansari, Alan Yang, Lena Waithe, Aziz Ansari, Kelvin Yu, Eric Wareheim and Noel Wells

All the episodes are amazing, but if I had to choose, episodes 4-6-7-8 are the best.

Episode 4 is called: Indians on TV, where Dev talks about the lack of roles for Indian men to play and the stereotypes he has to overcome. He inadvertently sees an email from an executive producer with racism remarks and he had to decide how to act.

Episode 6: Nashville: Dev invites Rachel, the girl he likes, to a spontaneous trip to Nashville. The episode is just adorable. It’s something different than the usual first date and it’s truly delightful.

AND NOW, MY FAVOURITE! Episode 7: Ladies and Gentleman: This one is pure gold. Rachel and Dev’s friend Denise explain to their friend the constant misogyny that is (sadly) part of our everyday life. I was really impressed by the episode. It’s rare to see a TV that deals with this horrible issue as well as “Master of None”. What I truly appreciated about it, is that they stated that men can’t understand the situation. They don’t face the same problems as women do and consequently, aren’t aware of how big the problem actually is.

Episode 8: Old People: I also loved that Aziz and Alan Yang (the two main creators of the show) took the time to dedicate an episode to the elderly. I love my Grandmother and I realized I don’t spend as much time with her as I want to. We tend to forget that they can become lonely, especially if widowed. Even though the episode is absolutely silly sometimes, it’s thought-provoking and it will definitely make you pick up the phone and call your grandparents.


I am a huge fan of Aziz… both of this stand-up work and his acting roles… and don’t get me started on his book “Modern Romance” because I LOVED IT!

I’m really excited about season 2, mainly because it was partially shot here in Italy, so I can’t wait to see how Aziz decided to portray my country.

I hope you’ll check it out and you’ll let me know your opinions.

See you!

Georgia

“Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

I don’t usually read books written by celebrities: they are boring, filled with stories and anecdotes I couldn’t care less about and almost every time there is a ghost writer involved. And they are made simply to promote themselves and increment their popularity.

And nowadays everybody is writing books: actors, youtubers and that person who is walking down the street whistling.

But recently I’ve decided to give it a go. First of all I read Aziz Ansari’s book (Modern Romance) and I have been talking about it here on my blog for AGES. And I was deeply thankful it wasn’t a biography.

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Not that I wouldn’t have enjoyed it if it were, because Aziz’s life is probably pretty interesting. Still, am I really interested in details of an actor/celebrity’s life? NO!

Amy Poehler’s book is different.

Altought there are a lot of childhood stories and personal experiences, Amy’s book has a made an impact on me. At the time she was writing it, she was going through a divorce and also finished the last season of her tv show “Parks and Recreation”.

She talked about being a nice person, her love for her job and her problems with working at SNL and raising her children. She divided her book in three sections: “Part One: say whatever you want”, “Part two: Do whatever you like” and “Part Three: Be whoever you are”.

An at least for me, it was inspirational. She also talks freely about drugs, alcohol and sex. I appreciate her honesty and although there were some parts that were more boring than others, I utterly enjoyed it.

If you are not familiar with her or her work, maybe this book won’t made sense to you, but here are a few passages from her book that I thought were inspiring and (at least for me) thought-provoking.

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I hope you liked this post… I recommend reading this book, even if you don’t know Amy’s life or work. I found it really interesting and inspiring… GO AMY!!

Georgia  🙂

 

 

 

Books I’m Currently Reading

Ever since I signed up to Goodreads.com, I started reading more. I want to learn more, expand my interests and find a different entertainment from television.

I have always loved to read. When I was little I read sooooo much! And I learnt to read even before going to school: my grandfather used to read to me “Winnie the Pooh”, always the same story over and over again.

As I grew up, I started reading more and more but as I went high school, I stopped. I only read during the summer and usually books that I HAD to prepare for school. It became a duty and something I wasn’t truly enjoying.

When you’re little you don’t really know your preferences and tastes so (at least in my case) you read everything you can get your hands on. As you get older, you start to know what you will like and what you won’t like and picking up a book becomes more difficult.

But enough of my babbling… Here is the list of books I am currently reading:

  1. Daughter by Jane ShemiltUna famiglia quasi perfetta

I started this book this summer… It was probably 0.99€ on iBooks so I bought it… It’s a thriller about a girl going missing and her family trying to deal with what happened. It goes back and forth in time and personally I like it. I’m 19% done with it and sadly I haven’t read more in a long time…

2. Furiously Happy: a funny book about horrible things by Jenny Lawson23848559

I started this because it seemed fun… I’m not really sure about it… It don’t have an opinion now… It’s a bit slow and maybe a little bit too weird.

3. The Shining by Stephen KingThe Shining (The Shining, #1)

I started this because of a Goodreads group I am a part of. It’s called “Uncovered Book Club” and I wanted to participate in a group reading. Sadly I haven’t finished it… It’s very slow and as a non-native english speaker, the book is hard! It’s not an easy read!

4. America ar war with itself by Henry A. Giroux29363229

It’s an essay about american politics and especially about Donald Trump’s authoritarian inclinations. Giroux talks about a possible authoritarian regime and the influence of the dictators of the World War II period on today’s america. Really complicated, not an easy read and definitely somethings that has to be read out loud.

5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling29069989

I’m not sure if I’m going to like it… I have read the first 20% and to be fair I’m not impressed. It’s so weird! It’s like reading a FanFiction written by someone who doesn’t really get Harry Potter. My sister has read more than me and I’m trying to stay away from spoilers… And she won’t tell me a thing…

6. Yes Please by Amy Poehler 20910157

Before this summer I had never heard of Amy… I don’t watch SNL and of course I don’t get American television… I watched her show “Parks and Recreation” this summer and I really liked it… She is a very funny person and when I added Aziz Ansari’s “Modern Romance” to my virtual library, Goodreads recommended it to me. I had never read a celebrity book before Aziz’s and I wanted to give it ago. And I love it… It’s interesting and I never thought I would be into reading a biography. I’m 80% done and so far so good! Bravo Amy!



Hope you like this post! Let me know what books you are currently reading and which one you will recommend!

Georgia   🙂

Books I’ve Read This Summer

During the year, I NEVER have time to read. And since I’m at Uni, I’m always studying, reading text books and taking notes. The last thing I want to do I read even more in my free time.

BUT, in the summer I unleash my love for books. Since I spend a lot of time at the beach with my family, the best thing to do in order to avoid talking to them or being criticized about everything I do is reading. (and watching TV shows of course. I haven’t watched a lot this summer…)

I’m adding to this list books that I have read in September because summer isn’t technically over.

.1. Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan13562049

My friend recommended it to me, so I decided to give it a go. Set in the 70s, it tells the story of an MI5 Spy called Serena Frome who recruits the writer Tom Haley to infiltrate the literary circle.

I liked it… The plot twists are good and the writing is excellent. Personally I found it a bit slow-paced, but still… Good.

 

 

9780385522403_custom-032364f301cd0fdaf986cf4a1f285ad4c67fefe4-s200-c852. On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan    2/5 stars

Yes, I read two Ian McEwan’s books. I bought this one for my mom when I was in London last year and she has had it on her nightstand ever since.

Well, this book was weird. It is set in the 60s and the main characters are Edward and Florence. Basically the story follows their wedding night and the anxiety that this causes them. I didn’t really like it… Always well written, I can’t say anything about that.

It was just so gross and weird… No. no. no thanks.

 

3. Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari     5/5 stars41labpujbhl

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Really interesting, funny, amazing and superb. Enough adjectives? I have more!

If you don’t know him Aziz is a comedian and actor who teamed up with sociologist Eric Klienenberg and together they wrote this book. It is a funny essay about the problems of having (and forming) romantic relationships in this modern era. It is a deep insight in today’s ways of communicating and the ways people in different countries view love.

It’s all about the texting, sexting, emoji, Tinder… Aziz shows us how to navigate in this world full of technology. And it’s AWESOME!!!

 

thumb_book-non-buttiamoci-giu_2-330x330_q954. A Long Way Down – Nick Hornby      4/5 Stars

Here at home we have an extensive collection of books and there is a tiny section dedicated to Hornby. This book is basically about a weird group of four people who meets at the top of a building, ready to jump and kill themselves. It is funny and totally weird.

Definitely recommend it!

 

5. Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time – Rob Temple                          5/5 Stars

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I follow the Twitter account @SoVeryBritish and it’s hilarious. The book is a collection of tweets divided in categories… And there are cute drawings and IT IS SO TRUE!! I really loved it! It’s a great coffee-table book.

 

 

 

 

silver-linings-playbook-book-cover16. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick     4/5 stars

I have seen the movie a few years ago and loved it. Usually I don’t read the book if I have already seen the film.

I liked it. A lot Pat’s thoughts were very well written, especially at the beginning of the book. I felt like it was realistic and true. Personally I liked more the movie, probably because I have seen it first, but anyway still pretty good.

Highly recommend it!

 

7. Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

Shittiest book I have ever read. You can read my complete thoughts on my previous post about sexism (HERE) and my full review here.

I won’t write any more words about this crap.

8. Summer skin – Kirsty Eagar9781925266924

This is the first NA (New Adult) book I have actually enjoyed. It is funny, true, not at all sexist and entertainment. Bare in mind, it is R-Rated and it passes the Bechdel test!!!

Absolutely adored it, not at all cliché and (in my opinion) well written.

Definitely recommend it if you want to read a nice book about kids felling in love in college.

 

thesteelkissusa-220x3329. The Steel Kiss – Jeffery Deaver

Currently I am reading the new Jeffery Deaver book (The Steel Kiss)… I have read his entire Lincoln Rhyme series and I LOVE IT! It is about an ex NYPD captain who became quadriplegic after an accident at work. The series follow him and detective Amelia Sachs as they try to catch weird criminals and psychopaths. Highly recommend it… Beautifully written and totally scary. I have been reading Deaver’s books for YEARS and I still love them! The dynami between Lincoln and Amelia, the clever plot twists… He is simply th best  ❤ ❤

 

Hope you liked this post! After discovering “Booktube” on YouTube, I started to read again and I love it!!!

If you’d like, you can follow me on my Goodreads.com page or on Twitter

 

Georgia  🙂  🙂