Culture Watch

What to Read,
and Listen to Right Now

Each month, there's a lot of pop culture coming at you. It's our editors job to sift through everything coming down the pike and let you know what not to miss.

By the Valet. staff | March 6, 2017


New York 2140 By Kim Stanley Robinson
New York 2140 By Kim Stanley Robinson

New York 2140

By Kim Stanley Robinson

According to the author, rising sea levels will undoubtedly turn Manhattan into a "SuperVenice," in just over a century. Boats have replaced cars but the unstoppable city continues to operate. Despite reading almost like nonfiction, Robinson's world is intricately painted with such sci-fi features as airships, innovative sky-bridges and environmental dangers that we have to overcome in order to survive.

$18 at Amazon (Available March 14)

South and West: From a Notebook By Joan Didion
South and West: From a Notebook By Joan Didion

South and West:
From a Notebook

By Joan Didion

Learn about America's past (and more than likely its future) from the incomparable Joan Didion's 40-year-old field notes from two reporting trips—one a road trip through the backroads of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama; the other covering the Patty Hearst trial for Rolling Stone in 1976.

$11.30 at Amazon (Available March 7)

The Wanderers By Meg Howery
The Wanderers By Meg Howery

The Wanderers

By Meg Howery

Station Eleven meets The Martian in this brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships and leave each of them—along with their families—changed forever.

$19.80 at Amazon (Available March 14)

The Rules Do Not Apply By Ariel Levy
The Rules Do Not Apply By Ariel Levy

The Rules Do Not Apply

By Ariel Levy

"I wanted what we all want: everything," writes Levy in her excellent memoir. "We want a mate who feels like family and a lover who is exotic, surprising." The author brings you along as she builds an unconventional life and then watches it all fall apart with astonishing speed. But for all the pain, it's darkly funny all over the place.

$16 at Amazon (Available March 14)

The Coffee Table Variety

I Actually Wore This

In everyone's closet, there is one article of clothing that truly demonstrates a momentary lapse in fashion judgment. An Esquire writer tracks down some of the most fashionable people around and talks about a few regrettable style choices in I Actually Wore This ($35, available March 28).

Le Petit Voyeur

Le Petit Voyeur, the classy and quirky but definitely NSFW Danish photo magazine probably best known for some tasteful Emily Ratajkowski nudes, are releasing their first limited-edition, hand-numbered, choose-your-own-cover photo book, Le Petit Voyeur Photo Album. But numbers are limited so pre-order now. ($65, available March 12).


Making History on Fox

Making History

March 5, 8:30 pm ET on Fox

Produced by a few of the guys behind the Lego Movie, this new comedy follows three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives.

The Americans on FX

The Americans

March 7, 10 pm ET on FX

Returning for its penultimate season, The Americans feels much closer to the bone this year with news and rumors of Russian involvement and interference with American politics. There are still plenty of tricks up the sleeves of our Reagan-era spy couple.

Trial and Error on NBC

Trial & Error

March 14, 10 pm ET on NBC

From Making a Murderer to The Jinx, true crime has never been more popular so it was only a matter of time before someone spoofed the genre. In this mockumentary-style show, a poetry professor played by John Lithgow is accused of murdering his wife and a New York lawyer comes to his defense, but realizes he's got an uphill battle ahead.

Here's what to stream this month on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and HBO Now.


Divide By Ed Sheeran

Released over the weekend, Ed Sheeran's new album "÷" (spoken aloud "divide") completely demolished a number of important streaming records. It now holds the record for the album with the most plays in a single day on Spotify—the 16 tracks racked up an incredible 56.73 million plays on its first day alone.

Rather You Than Me By Rick Ross

Rick Ross returns to the spotlight after more than year with the new LP "Rather You Than Me" (available March 17). In preparation for his ninth studio LP, his first through Epic Records, the MMG Bawse shared an open letter to fans about what this album means to him.

The Valley By Betty Who

Betty Who's sophomore album, "The Valley' (available March 24), promises to bring all the fizzy, infectious electro pop we've come to love from the Australian singer songwriter.

The Magic iPod
The Magic iPod
The Magic iPod

Looking for a fun musical time-waster? You're in luck because The Magic iPod is back. First created in 2007, The Magic iPod lets you produce mash-ups of hip-hop and pop/rock favorites from the mid-2000s. Might we suggest "Lose Control" by Missy Elliott mixed with "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes? It's fun, addictive and there are no ads, just a small link at the bottom that reads "No ads! Instead, please support the ACLU."

At the Theater

T2 Trainspotting

T2 Trainspotting

A sequel to the cult favorite, 25 years in the making.

(Opening March 17)

The Belko Experiment

The Belko Experiment

It's essentially The Office meets Saw in this white-collar horror thriller.

(Opening March 17)



The '70s TV classic gets a dirtier, wilder and all together hilarious remake.

(Opening March 24)

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

Scarlett Johansson's controversial turn as an Asian human-cyborg hybrid.

(Opening March 31)