- A Death in Wichita, Stephen Singular - a story of the path from Roe v. Wade to Kansas v. Roeder, and the ongoing struggle for women's rights and autonomy.
- The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius, Graham Farmelo - I wish I had Dirac's grasp of mathematics and fundamental physics.
- Cold War Plans that Never Happened, 1945-91, Michael Kerrigan - Humans are silly. Here's more proof.
The above were given to me by my wonderful partner, who knows what I like, for what we like to call Kissmas. Less religious claptrap, more fun and relaxation.
- To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914 - 1918, Adam Hochschild - the story of some of the people who led the British charge in World War I, and those who tried to oppose the rush to destruction. Some were friends; others, siblings.
- The Great Hangover: 21 Tales of the New Recession from the Pages of Vanity Fair, edited by Graydon Carter - The events and decisions recounted in these pages actually happened. You and I will be cleaning up the mess for a long time.
- Fatal Flaws, Jay Ingram - Biology is complex. Sometimes things go horribly wrong. Some of the causes are deceptively simple.
- Metalcast - A podcast curated by a bunch of European metalheads, with a variety of heavy sounds.
- Twisted's Darkside podcast - Head-crushing beats from hardcore, industrial, and gabber DJs
- Angela's Ashes, described version - This may be my favourite described movie, though I still haven't cracked open the plastic on District 9. I can only imagine how unrelentingly grim the book is.
- House of Cards - A well-produced series about everything worthy of loathing in electoral politics. Do you like selfishness, scheming, and high-end temper tantrums? You'll like this show. It's an American retelling of a British series, which I intend to watch after I'm done watching Kevin Spacey stab everyone in the back.
- The Invisible War - Rape culture is everywhere, including the US military. Some of the survivors tell their stories in this wrenching documentary.