I found myself jumping from meeting to meeting one day and realized I had not eaten since 5 a.m. Pressed for time, I pulled into the closest shopping center, drove past the golden arches and stumbled upon a little take-out window by Movies 10. Not only were the tacos delicious, but I took home some amazing salsa and freshly-baked corn tortillas. All authentic and delicious; srtortilla.com.
—Matthew Loeb, Creative Director/Production Manager
Ready Player One
Ernest Cline’s first novel offers a look at the world in the year 2044, where the Internet as we know it has become a relic of the past, replaced by an incredibly immersive and virtually realistic version called the OASIS. It’s a fitting name for an imaginary refuge that attracts billions of people disillusioned by the dystopia their real world has become: ravaged by war, famine and ecological devastation.
Upon the death of OASIS creator James Halliday, it’s revealed that he bequeathed his entire fortune—and control of OASIS itself—to the person who finds three secret keys hidden within his digital universe. Thus ensues the most massive Easter egg hunt—one that quickly becomes a most dangerous game.
Cline’s premise is intriguing enough to make this book a thrilling page-turner, but it’s Halliday’s obsession with the ‘80s and the clever nostalgic nods to that era’s nerd culture—Atari video games, John Hughes films, Dungeon & Dragons and the music of Rush, to mention some—that give the story a unique flavor.
—Jim Miller, Director of Publications
Better Things on FX
FX continues its strong programming with Better Things (Thursdays at 10 p.m.), a comedy created by and starring Pamela Adlon. In the semi-autobiographical show, the petite Adlon (Louie, Californication, winner of an Emmy for voicing Bobby Hill on King of the Hill) plays struggling Hollywood actor Sam Fox, a single parent of three daughters who range in age from preadolescent to hormonal teen. She has a hectic love life and also must deal with her spirited English mother, who lives across the street. Adlon is spot-on in this poignant comedy. And it’s already been renewed.
—Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor
Football at the Hilton
The Patio at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana is offering big-screen football every Monday and Thursday nights. Nothing better than watching football outdoors with half-price wings and amazing nachos. Also, the Hilton’s breakfast sandwich paired with a mimosa is a great start for Sundays.
—Julie Miro Wenger, Event Allies