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Weekend Recommendations: Books & CDs

Each weekend,’s staff of whackos will wrack our brains to give you interesting and new things to do over the weekend. Books, movies, whatever. We’ll throw them out, you do with them what you will. And hey…if you have something you want to recommend–whatever it is–drop us a line.

Incidentally, we’ve provided links where we can for you to buy the stuff or find out more if you’re interested, courtesy of those Amazon types.

Hey, come on, we can’t be totally selfless in this, can we?

Book of the Week: How to be Pope: What to Do and Where to Go Once You’re in the Vatican by Piers Marchant. This Chronicle Books release could easily have been penned by our very own Hieronymous I. This amusing little tome is exactly what it purports to be, with everything you need to know about the job, the staff, the responsibilities, and more. H will be with us for some time, but if you want to know what he’ll be doing when he finally takes his rightful place in Vatican City, then check this out. (Buy it)

CD of the Week: The Life Aquatic Sessions by Seu Jorge. One of the best things about Life Aquatic was Jorge. He provided the soundtrack for the film with his acoustic version of David Bowie songs in Portuguese. It’s so delightfully odd and just damn good that the soundtrack left me wanting more. Hollywood Records obliges, with fourteen tracks here. Now I need to go snag some of his other albums. (Buy it)

[ad#longpost]Reggae CD of the Week: Africa Unite: The Singles Collection by Bob Marley. For those who don’t have the Marley they need in their collection–and who the hell would that be, anyway–there’s this essential twenty track disc which comes with all the music that you would want on such a release, like “No Woman, No Cry,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” and “Exodus.” The Marley completist or someone who doesn’t have the essentials will want this Island disc on their shelf. (Buy it)

Soundtrack CD of the Week: The Producers. It’s not the Broadway musical, of course. It’s on the big screen, so things are different. Like the inclusion of Uma Thurman. And Will Ferrell. But luckily you still have Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who are having the time of their lives (they should be…every stage show they touch from here on out is instant gold). If you dig the musical and dig the movie version, grab this Sony release. (Buy it)

Magazine of the Week: Alter Ego #55. Some people are probably unaware that Captain Marvel (the Shazam! flavor, not that Kree guy) was originally published by Fawcett Publications. I say that so the uninitiated among you won’t be confused by this issue, in which the usual hundred pages of goodness covers Fawcett and their creations. Focusing on the company, writers and artists galore are interviewed. There’s also the usual array of amazing never before seen artwork, plus a 1943 pin-up calendar. Trust me, it’ll make sense when you see it. Snag this from TwoMorrows if you like comics and you know what’s good for you. (Buy it)