The Sternal Centennial Best of the Rest!

All of the other things I've recommended over 100 issues

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Hello Sternal Journalists!

First up, I had a blast with my first real week of being back to stand-up shows. I felt like The Rock at the end of that new Tech N9ne music video:

The next show is October 28th at Mama Shelter. Costumes encouraged! Grab your tickets today.

Second up!

If you missed last week’s issue, I announced that we have hit 100 ISSUES of the Sternal Journal. I thought it would be fun—and did not realize how tedious it would be—to compile and share every single thing I’ve ever recommended in the world famous Sternal Journal Recs section.

Last week, I shared all 67 the music recommendations, as well as this representative nearly four hour long spotify playlist. It’s got everything from Drake to Bach, Tony Bennett to Flo Milli to Willie Nelson to Jewel.

This week, everything else.

Between the music category and all of the ones shared below, there were a total of 245 recs spanning articles, podcasts, movies, tv, comedy, poetry, fiction, a few miscellaneous, and even one beer (I do love that beer still).

While I did at one point recommend everything you’ll find on the lists below, I would caution that this is not a best-of list, thought it’s also not not a best-of list.

It’s really a zoomed out snapshot of the things that were capturing my attention one week at a time. And full disclosure, some of them are authored by friends or by me(!) because, after all, the Sternal Journal has always been about tasteful self-promotion, so sometimes in the past, I was recommending a tall drink a’ me.

So take little scroll through our shared history of culturing ourselves (or if you’re a newer subscriber, maybe find some new things to enjoy!).

Next week, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming as I hopefully finally go off on NBC’s Ordinary Joe, and Hollywood’s dedication to unoriginality.





  • American Funeral [SCRIPT] (2021)

  • Another Round (2020)

  • Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

  • Citizen Kane (1941)

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

  • Crip Camp (2020)

  • Cruella (2021)

  • Cultural Humility: People, Principles and Practices (2012)

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

  • Happiest Season (2020)

  • High Hopes (1988)

  • Holding (2018) *short

  • In The Heights (2021)

  • Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

  • Little Women (2019)

  • Ma Vie de Courgette (2016)

  • Mentally Al (2021)

  • Minari (2020)

  • My Octopus Teacher (2020)

  • Nomadland (2020)

  • Pain and Glory (2019)

  • Parasite (2019)

  • Paris is Burning (1990)

  • Senna (2010)

  • Soul (2020)

  • Tenet (2020)

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

  • The Father (2020)

  • The Forty Year Old-Version (2020)

  • The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

  • The Present (2020) *short

  • The Red Balloon (1956) *short

  • The Verdict (1982)

  • Two Distant Strangers (2020) *short

  • Waves (2019)

  • Zola (2021)


  • American Crime Story: Impeachment (2021)

  • Atypical Season 3 (2019)

  • DARK (2017)

  • Dave (2020)

  • Deaf U (2020)

  • Detroiters (2017)

  • Devs (2020)

  • Dickinson (2019)

  • Feel Good (2020)

  • Gossip Girl (2021)

  • Hilda (2018)

  • Mare of Easttown (2021)

  • Ordinary Joe (2021) [RETRACTED]

  • Perry Mason (2020)

  • Pretend It’s A City (2021)

  • Shrill (2019) [but specifically Season 3 Episode 3, more specifically the ending where Jo Firestone screams and says “Oh, no. It finally happened. Pussy so good, he died.”]

  • Search Party Season 3 (2020)

  • Sex and the City pilot (1998)

  • Shadow and Bone (2021)

  • Squid Game (2021)

  • Stath Lets Flats (2018)

  • Supermarket Sweep (1990)

  • Ted Lasso (2020)

  • The Crown Season 4, Episode 5 “Fagan” (2020)

  • The Mole (2001)

  • Years and Years (2019)


  • All Girls, Emily Layden (2021).

  • Are Prisons Obsolete?, Angela Davis (2003).

  • Bleak House, Charles Dickens (1852).

  • Don’t Read Poetry. A Book about How to Read Poems, Stephanie Burt (2019).

  • Nobody is Ever Missing, Catherine Lacey (2014)

  • Pew, Catherine Lacey (2020)

  • Robot. Black Belt. Champion., Joe Cabello (2021)

  • The Book of Emma Reyes, Emma Reyes (2012)

  • The End of Policing, Alex Vitale (2017)

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Catherine Webb (2014)

  • The Intuitionist, Colson Whitehead (1999)

  • The Plotters, Un-Su Kim (2010)

  • This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (2019)

  • Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut (1997)

  • Generally any book that a movie or show you love is based on.



  • 7 Wonders (board)

  • 7 Wonders: Duel (board)

  • Spice Road (board)

  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild (video)




  • Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley (1818).

  • Collisions, Ben Kassoy (2021).

  • Control, Ben Kassoy (2021).


  • Story of Your Life, Ted Chiang (1998).

  • Message in a Bottle, Nalo Hopkinson (2004).

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Raymond Carver (1981).


  • Hammerland, El Segundo Brewing Co.


  • Clubhouse (lol)


  • Party Hat, Jeff Koons (1995)


  • Grapes, fruit.

  • Freemarket, gallery (ATL).

  • Officiating a wedding, life activity.

  • The Broad, museum (LA).

  • Water, good stuff.

And with that, Sternal Journalists, I wish you a tomorrow full of that good stuff, water. If anything on these lists piqued your interests and you wanna know more, I’d love to recommend them further! Hit me up directly or in the comments!

Much love,