Read This: Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
Most famous for Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger offers bite-sized offerings of his talent in this collections of short stories. Every tale draws readers in, usually with the same unconcern discomfort evoked by Holden Caulfield, the depressed intellectual youth and main character from Catcher in the Rye. In fact, one to the stories in this collection, For Esme with Love and Squalor, captures much of the same powerful wistfulness of the loss of innocence as his more notorious text. Plus, busy Recessionistas may delight in rediscovering the short story - perfect time filler between subway stops or to relax you as you wait for your Match.com date to show.
Watch This: Vicky Christina Barcelona starring Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson
Playing, once again, with our general fallacies when it comes to love, Director Woody Allen serves up a tale of romance abroad, with two women falling prey to the seductive qualities of a handsome foreign man. Enter into the love triangle a fourth, Penelope Cruz, who plays the ex of Juan Antonio (said Don Juan), and you produce a complex, tragic but beautiful tale about the uncontrollable, uncontainable effects that passion produces within our lives.
Listen to This: The Fame by Lady Gaga
Even if you still have an N*Sync hangover from early this decade, the pop of Lady Gaga is edgy enough to warrant a listen. Her latest released track, Pokerface, fuses dance-club-electronica with bubblegum pop in a distinct song that will have your body unintentionally moving in no time. Plus, her costumed, exaggerated look ensures you won't confuse her with any other pop princess (no offence, BritBrit.)