Junot Diaz‘s writing has strong voice that never, ever shakes. If you’ve never read him, now’s your chance. Enjoy these free stories in print and in audio. These are perfect for any reader and especially English teachers. His language might be a little dicey for the classroom at times, but his characters speak the way teenagers speak, so find a school leadership ally and ask for support in bringing an authentic Dominican voice to your classroom.
A huge thank you to Josh Jones for putting this list together. Whydontcha give him a follow?
Like Fight Club, there’s one rule: don’t add up the number of hours you will spend binge-watching a TV show. I think of it this way: it’s quality time with my husband and it gives us tons to talk and wonder about. Plus, there’s usually a road-trip worthy podcast about the show. If I’m bingeing alone, I label it time to unwind and decompress.
Moving on… here are my current top three recommendations for some bingeing fun:
1) Scrotal Recall (2014, Netflix) Yeah, I know…the title. It’s awful. But I promise you, the show is hilarious. I’m starting with this because it’s only 6 25ish minute episodes. Plot: a twenty-something dude in England finds out he has chlamydia and has to contact all of his partners. Hilarity ensues. I mean it.
It’s a comedy about friendship and love and romance. And…drumroll please…Season 2 is in the works!
2) Scandal, Seasons 1-4 (Netflix and Hulu) Season 1 and 2 were so good that I re-watched them with my husband so he could catch up. The feminist yet soapy plot lines are ridiculously crazy and wonderful. Drama, intrigue, romance, great clothes and a killer soundtrack. I only say seasons 1-4 because Season 5 was a letdown – too much Olivia-Fitz drama and not enough “fixing”; Season 6 is boring me with recycled back-stabbing and plotting. But 1-4, oh man, Shonda Rimes and her writers totally handle it. Don’t miss “The Lawn Chair” (S4 E14) for some straight-from-the-headlines tear-filled badassery.
3) Downton Abbey (Amazon) Yeah, yeah, a bunch of rich white folk in the English countryside in the 1900’s. YAWN. I thought the same thing, but people whose taste I trusted were addicted. My husband I started Season 1 over Christmas and finished Season 6 last week. SIX SEASONS IN THREE MONTHS, Y’ALL! It’s THAT good.You learn about the aristocracy and the downstairs-cracy. There’s something to love about almost every character, from the cranky Dowager Countess to the conniving Mr. Barrow. Most of all, it’s a story about family and hope. The past few months have been especially hard for me, so the hours we spent watching this show helped bring some light to a dark time.
What should I binge on next? Let me know in the comments!