Your Weekend: LW Recommends

Movies: “Red Tails,” about black fighter pilots in WW II, looks a little too rah-rah for me. More intriguing: Soderbergh’s latest, “Haywire.” Best bet:
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life.” Television: Beat the backlash! Watch “Downton Abbey” on Sunday. Should you check out “Shark Tank” on Friday at 8 ET? Why not? Music: If you want proof that only boomers waste money on CDs, look at Amazon’s top sellers: the new Leonard Cohen, the new Bruce Springsteen, the soundtrack of “Joyful Noise.” But iTunes’ best-selling singles list is equally predictable: anything on “Glee,” plus the collaboration between the ubiquitous David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. Books: Edmund White’s new novel, “Jack Holmes and His Friend,” treats material (New York in the 1960s) that the author has accessed many times before. But the prose is fluid and lovely. Not even a super-duper boxed set can get me to read anything of “The Hunger Games.” Sports: All the attention is fixated on this weekend’s NFL championship games, but I’m equally distracted by the Australian Open. Finally: Marilyn Monroe — who’s everywhere these days — said: “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

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