Columbus Monthly's staff recommendations on things to read, watch or listen to around the Web this week.

Columbus Monthly's staff recommendations on what to read, watch or listen to around the Web.

What About Bob?inChicago Magazine

Better Call Saul!, the much-anticipated prequel toBreaking Bad,premiereson AMC February 8. The show's starBobOdenkirk, who oozes words and sleaze aslawyerSaul Goodman, talks about growing up in the Chicago suburbs, his stint on SNL and dealing with hisswiftly-developing "Norm! from Cheers" status.

Kehinde Wiley Puts a Classical Spin on His Contemporary SubjectsinThe New York Times

A feature onBrooklyn-based artistKehinde Wiley, whose paintings juxtapose contemporary subjects with old-master backdrops. Fans of the Columbus Museum of Art's collection are likely familiar with his memorablePortrait of Andries Stilte II.

How Orwell's "Animal Farm" led a Radical Muslim to Moderation"on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross

An excellent interview withMaajid Nawaz, a former jihadist who now runs a think tank calledQuilliam dedicated to countering extremist beliefs.In the constant search for understanding the how and whybehindsuch atrocities as theCharlie Heboattacks,Nawaz provides incredible insight and, thankfully, hope.

"The Fire on the 57 Bus in Oakland"inThe New York Times Magazine

A sensitive, explanatory but neither self-conscious nor pandering feature story about a teenager who identifies as gender-neutral. Also, it's just a great story.

The Pursuit of BeautyinThe New Yorker

A fascinating profile ofYitang Zhang,amathematicianwho doesn't fit the traditional mold of academia.