Mosquitos got you down? We’ve got you covered. Want to go inside the mind of Steve Martin? Here you go. Unsolved-for-many-years crimes your cup of tea? Drink up.
READ | BORN STANDING UP
Steve Martin’s rise to fame by doing stand-up comedy is tough to equal, but he walked away from it in 1981. This book tells the tale of his career, which started when he sold guidebooks at the age of 10 in the newly opened Disneyland. It isn’t always as funny as Martin is but it is a generous look inside the memories of one of the country’s best-known performers. He reads the audio version of the book and does bits here and there that will bring a smile to your face.
BUY | MOSQUITO KILLER
We don’t know if these things work, but electronic mosquito zappers are reviewing very well on the internet. The Runadi Indoor Mosquito Killer has about 2,500 5-star reviews. It uses an ultraviolet bulb to attract all flying insects and then zaps them with powerful high voltage. The manufacturer says it’s also deadly for gnats, flies, etc. and plugs directly into the wall. It costs $40 on Amazon.com.
LISTEN | IN THE DARK
Season one of this podcast from American Public Media details the abduction, assault and murder of an 11-year-old boy in 1989 in rural Minnesota. Including interviews with the boy’s parents and friends, as well as police and others involved in the case, the series delves into police practices of the late 1980s that may have helped prevent the capture of the man responsible – for more than two decades. Wherever you get podcasts.