Special guest John Wilson from Books and Culture joins Jonathan, Sarah and returning guest Kevin McLenithan in the 17th episode of the season. The nominations for inclusion on the prestigious #25 include black comedy The Lobster, a republishing of three of Ross Macdonald’s crime novels in Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s, and the late fashion photographer and cultural observer Bill Cunningham.

The Lobster is the english language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. It is an absurdist dystopian black comedy starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and John C. Reily amongst others. In a world where being single is a crime, Farrell’s character finds himself taken to a hotel in a rural location where he has 45 days to find a new partner that shares a defining trait lest he be transformed into an animal of his choice, a lobster.

Bill Cunningham was a fashion photographer for The New York Times, who was known for his street photography. He rose to fame in 1978 after capturing a candid photo of Greta Garbo and eventually earned his own feature at the NYT called On the Street.

Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s is a collection by the Library of America that represents the pinnacle of American crime writing. The novels are set in the early 1960’s Southern California and concern hidden crimes and agonizing dysfunctions that haunt one family generation to the next.

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The CaPC 25 for 2016:

  • me_IRL (subreddit)
  • That Dragon Cancer (Video Game)
  • The X-Files (TV)
  • The Witness (Video Game)
  • Darkest Dungeon (Video Game)
  • The People vs. OJ Simpson (TV)
  • Better Call Saul (TV)
  • The Golden State Warriors (NBA Team)
  • The Art of Organized Noize (Movie)
  • Driverless Cars
  • Christianity Today’s The Church
  • Beyoncé 2016
  • You Are What You Love by by James K. A. Smith (Book)
  • Vinland Saga (Comic)
  • Star Wars Rebels (TV)
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda