A deer boy, a panda lady, and 8 other things we love this week
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The Must List: August 26, 2005

BOOKS
1. LULU EIGHTBALL
From booze to bumblebees, Emily Flake’s delectably deadpan comic strip finds humor in dark and unexpected places (atomicbooks.com).

TV
2. THE COMEBACK
Love it or hate it, the HBO comedy (in fact, a tragedy) features Lisa Kudrow giving one of the best performances of the year.

DVD
3. KUNG FU HUSTLE
Slapstick spills collide with breathtaking martial-arts thrills in Stephen Chow’s hyperkinetic action-comedy, now on DVD. Review >

MUSIC
4. IBRAHIM FERRER
Put on Buena Vista Social Club Presents… and remember the wispy-as-cigar-smoke vocals of the late Cuban maestro.

TV
5. SLINGS & ARROWS
On the Sundance Channel: a quirky Canadian series about the everyday travails of a struggling Shakespearean troupe. To watch or not to watch? That’s not a question.

BOOKS
6. THE LADY AND THE PANDA, BY VICKI CONSTANTINE CROKE
You don’t have to be an animal lover to enjoy the fascinating tale of Depression-era socialite Ruth Harkness, the first person to capture a live panda and bring it to the U.S. Review >

MUSIC
7. MC5
Still political, still angry, and still touring — Motown’s legendary proto-punk godfathers can most definitely still kick out the jams.

DVD
8. ERROL MORRIS
On DVD: three extraordinary films (including Gates of Heaven and The Thin Blue Line) from our documentarian laureate.

MUSIC
9. FALL OUT BOY’S ”SUGAR, WE’RE GOIN DOWN” VIDEO
A feel-good clip in hich our hero — cursed with a pair of giant antlers — seeks true love. Deer-lightful! News >

MOVIE
10. BROKEN FLOWERS
In Jim Jarmusch’s new film, Bill Murray (as an aging lothario confronting his past) proves that silence really is golden. Review >

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