A book by Tom Hanks, a new Netflix series and music by Sam Smith. Here’s some stuff Keys folks can enjoy that they’re talking about on the mainland. 


It seems unfair that an actor as talented – and, let’s face it, beloved – as Tom Hanks should also be a pretty good writer. From a 1950s Christmas Eve to 1970s New York to a truly hectic modern-day press junket to Paris, Hanks creates a variety of characters, some of whom have recurring roles. Always present is the device Hanks is known for collecting, the typewriter. In some, the machine plays a central role; in others, it’s a passing character. Also, there is time travel.


Refaat Ismail, a cynical hematologist with a dark sense of humor, goes through a “journey of doubt” as his world is turned upside down after his lifelong scientific convictions are questioned. The plot commences in 1969, when Ismail enters his 40s and begins to experience paranormal activities. Throughout the season, Refaat is accompanied by his university colleague, Maggie, as they enter the paranormal world and try to save their loved ones from the immense danger that surrounds them. The story is based on the best-selling thriller novel series with the same name “Paranormal” by Ahmed Khaled Tawfik. On Netflix.


Sam Smith’s latest album is full of life-affirming pop, as well as disco, acoustic guitars and cinematic strings. Originally titled “To Die For” and slated for release in early 2020, it was delayed and reworked to become “Love Goes” as Smith took stock during 2020’s global lockdown. Smith says the finished product is the record he is most proud of so far.

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