I am not suggesting you watch this tv show. But I have been binge watching Hannibal against my better judgement and you might want to too. Unfortunately it is partly amazing because of its baroque displays of human organs. Do you remember the first time you saw Silence of the Lambs and you were like “I’ll never be able to wash the idea of a skin suit out of my brain, but that was an amazing movie”? Well basically this whole show is like that.

Figuring out why this show is so intensely pleasurable is really an act of auto-psychoanalysis, an action implicit in the show’s DNA. In Hannibal the serial killer goes to therapy, the serial killer performs therapy on a serial killer whisperer, who himself theraputizes serial killers in order to understand the nature of their crime. The serial killer whisperer (played by needs-a-hug Hugh Dancy) also has a big crush on another sexy FBI therapist. So naturally when Hannibal Lecter carves up some human liver and makes a sumptuous feast, and you are kind of overwhelmed by the beauty of his tablescape, you will also want to go to therapy. If only Gillian Anderson (Hannibal Lecter’s therapist) could be my therapist too.


Like Anthony Hopkins, this Hannibal (played by the amazingly named Mads Mikkelson) is totally charismatic, fun, and really makes cannibalism and serial killing seem like a groovy lifestyle choice. I like that this show has the counterpoint of Hugh Dancy as the serial killer whisperer who is completely and obviously good as a moral balance against swarthy Mads. Too many shows these days are like “let’s make everyone morally questionable!” Sometimes you need a good guy. To really hammer in the idea of Hugh Dancy’s goodness his character lives in a house full of adorable stray dogs. Sure he might have a personality disorder that allows him to over-empathize with everyone, but that is a pretty lovable personality disorder.

Hannibal is now on its third season, which I have heard through the grapevine is just Mads and Gillian Anderson swanning around Paris in fancy clothes. I’m so in.



I apologize for my long absence. This blog is how I waste time when I should be doing real work, so I should probably get back to work/structured procrastination.

Things that are making me happy:

1. UnReal –this scripted tv show is original, totally delectable, has no murder, and somehow manages to make a show about the making of The Bachelor deliver high stakes’ drama. I cannot wait for every new episode.

2. M.A.C. Syrup. You would never pick this on your own because it kind of looks purple, but on the lips it looks totally beautiful. This lipstick looks good on everyone, moisturizes your lips, and stays around. It brightens without really looking like lipstick. M.A.C. is an intimidating store, so walk in and just ask for this slam-dunk lipstick.


3. The Perfect Jumpsuit!!!!!


It is the J.Crew Oxford Crepe V-Neck Jumpsuit, it is still available and some colors are even on sale. This jumpsuit has a totally flattering natural waist, not-tight fit, modest neckline, can be worn with any bra, and I think it is also work appropriate with a blazer. I am going to wear it to death.

4. All of The Toast’s coverage of Channing Tatum


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