I keep meaning to mention Archer, an animated series on FX about a group of spies and the company they work for. I’m not particularly into animation or spies, but I love this show. It’s worth downloading (or getting through Netflix or watching online, whatever you do) and watching it from the beginning.

I’m trying to think of something to communicate how great it is. Incidentally, I went through this when I started writing my book about singing. There’s nothing I can write that will ever be as beautiful as the Bach B Minor Mass, for instance, so I had to figure out other ways to come at it.

This series makes not upgrading your software, the accountant, the receptionist, the head of human resources, and a million other things, as funny and as important as what the lead spies are doing. There’s a throw away line about a breakfast nook that I still laugh about. Like most shows, it got better as it went along so if you don’t love the first few episodes, hang in there.

The view from my friend Peter’s sitting room. He had a dinner party last night and man oh man. I’m putting Peter on my list of “People I Wish Were My Next Door Neighbor.”

Empire State Building from 15th Street

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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