You’ve got your Stephen King short story based on a painting, a unique audiobook performed by a cast and a mockumentary about the year that just ended — you know, the year we swore we’d never mention again.

READ | IN SUNLIGHT OR IN SHADOW

What an idea: ask authors to write a short story based on a painting by Edward Hopper, get 17 responses. The denouement in the very first entry, “Girlie Show” by Megan Abbott, will make you catch your breath. Jill D. Block’s tale comes next, full of sorrow and, perhaps, joy. And you’ve still got Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child and Craig Ferguson to go.

LISTEN | THE SEA IN THE SKY

This novel by Jackson Musker, was pronounced by audible.com as “like no other sci-fi listen we’ve heard before.” It’s performed by a cast, not a single narrator, and is both heartfelt and haunting and humours. The story is composed like a fictional podcast that details a marine biologist’s explorations of the waters of a distant moon.  

WATCH | DEATH TO 2020

From the creators of “Black Mirror,” this Netflix original production takes comedic and satiric aim at all the “mad glory” of this infamous and terrible year we’ve shared ‒ toilet paper, vaccines, Karens  and all. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant and Lisa Kudrow, this British mockumentary will help ease the pain of thinking back on 2020 and add some lighthearted banter on serious circumstances.

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