As an avid reader with ever-dwindling free time, I’m heavy into anything I can pick up for 15 minutes, get a good laugh, and come back to later. This compilation of short stories and essays from The New Yorker boasts a serious comedic lineup of vets like Ian Frazer, Simon Rich, David Sedaris, Veronica Geng, and Andy Borowitz. Sure, Sedaris’ ridiculously dark recounting of that time he desperately tried to drown a mouse is a standout for me, but David Owen’s “8 Simple Rules” for dating his ex-wife (which originally appeared in the mag in 2004) had me in tears: “Despite what you may have been told, I’ve got some self-respect left, and I don’t need to have your face shoved into my face every time I turn around. From five o’clock on Friday afternoon until two o’clock on Sunday morning, the bar at the Ramada Inn belongs to me.” A definite must-read for anyone looking for a laugh during their morning commute.
Watch: Hocus Pocus
Bette Midler, SJP, and Kathy Najimy exacting revenge on the entire town of Salem? Are you kidding me? I’m not big on Halloween, but I will stalk ABC Family’s listings until this comes on. And, let’s be honest: The only Halloween flick that rivals Hocus Pocus is clearly Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, another true classic.