Things We Love: Alive staff picks

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive


“The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq” by Hassan Blasim

The Iraqi ex-pat’s short story collection far exceeds even George Saunders’ blackest humor. The title story, for instance, is about a middle manager for a terrorist organization detailing the proper way to present a dead body for public viewing.


Local internet message board drama

An unintentional source of endless entertainment and the only reason to break my "never read the comments" rule.


Downton Abbey

What do I do when I'm sick? Curl up in bed and stream “Downton Abbey.” Season 5 is gonna be good, everyone!

Lauren K.

Holiday Tea

Stash makes some great holiday tea my two current favorites are Christmas in Paris and White Christmas. 


D’Angelo:Black Messiah

More than worth the wait, and a late wildcard for year-end best-of list consideration.



Did he do it?



I totally nailed the final “Jeopardy!” question last week, and nobody was there to see it. Next time, Trebek.


Fossil watches

Easy to wear, hard to break; these are perfect for when I'm working. And it's a lot more polite than looking at my phone to see what time it is.