What We're Reading This Week: How to Make Small Talk, 'Nathan for You,' 'Sharp Objects'

Posted by Fodor's Editors on July 31, 2014 at 11:00:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment

I recommend this Tumblr—it's a blog of interesting facts that can help fill awkward silences. As someone who is awful at small talk, I’m committed to memorizing at least a few of these. —Sue Wilker, SEO Marketing Manager

Nathan for You, starring Canadian comic Nathan Fielder, is the funniest show on TV right now, and it's unlike anything else I've ever seen. Part reality series, part prank show, part narrative of an awkward loner looking for human connection, the show manages to poke fun at real people without ever feeling too cruel. In this Splitsider interview, series co-creator Michael Koman discusses how the show is produced and how it sometimes veers into surprisingly emotional territory. —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor, Fodors.com

I'm more of a Coca-Cola fan, but I loved Boris Fishman's memoir in The New York Times Magazine called "My Secret Pepsi Plot." It's a touching true story of a Russian immigrant kid who schemes to help out his impoverished family by drinking all the cola in the fridge. —Mark Sullivan, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

I just finished reading Gillian Flynn’s debut novel, Sharp Objects. A thoroughly nasty, addictive read in a not dissimilar vein to her wildly popular bestseller Gone Girl, it made me very thankful to not be a thirteen-year-old girl in Missouri. —Róisín Cameron, Associate Editor, Countryside and Adventure

This is admittedly a bit ridiculous, but I have to plug Go Fug Yourself. I've been reading this site as long as I can remember, and Heather and Jessica (who also write for New York Magazine's The Cut) are some of the funniest writers I've ever encountered. Yes, it's celebrity commentary, but no one takes it less seriously, or writes more clever turns of phrase with self-deprecating flair, than the Fug Girls. —Abbey Chase, Digital Editorial Intern

I'm seeing what all the hype and controversy over Donna Tart's The Goldfinch is about. —Eric Wechter, Editor, Cruises and Resorts

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