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WATCH —‘True Detective’

Season 3 of HBO’s chilling crime anthology is finally here and promises to rival the suspenseful story arc that garnered multiple Emmys and Golden Globe awards during the show’s first season that starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.

This time Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff star as a pair of Arkansas state police detectives investigating the macabre disappearance of two children. The first two episodes aired this past Sunday. Written by show creator Nic Pizzolatto, the plot is set in the Ozarks and spans three separate time periods — featuring a cast of characters whose troubled histories stick to tense narrative like congealed blood on a shag carpet.


LISTEN (No) — ‘Before We Were Yours’

Keep your money, or your Audible credits. While “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate has a great premise, it’s not a very good read. The book is set in two time periods — 1939 and the present day. The earlier story line follows some children forcibly removed from their parents’ home (a river boat) and “sold” into adoption, based on some true life history surrounding the Tennessee Children Home’s Society. That part is pretty good. It’s the modern part of the novel that veers off into trite, cookie-cutter, politically correct, Harlequin-romance drivel. Yuck. Pass.  

BUY— Amir Clip-On Lens

If you like to snap shots on your phone but find the camera’s capabilities not great, the Amir clip-on lens is what you need. It works with most popular brands of Android phones and Apple iPhones. The Amir smartphone camera lenses are around $14 and can be found on Amazon. The bundle contains a 180-degree fisheye lens, a .4x super wide-angle lens and a macro zoom lens for up-close shots. 

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