The media of today is hard to keep up with: It comes from so many directions and in so many forms that it's next to impossible to keep track of your favorite artists, let alone new ones. Because we're devoted to your convenience, we're going to pick five things each week that rise above the pale, that have some distinction, that, ultimately, we think are worthy of your notice. Feel free to sound off on anything you plan on picking up on release day in the comments.
5. Community - Season One (DVD) We get it: You can't afford TiVo but you just can't schedule your life around a TV show. Subsequently, you've missed one of the better comedies on TV right now. Community started a little weak, but has come into its own over the course of the first season and is certainly a welcome addition in NBC's rather stellar Thursday night lineup. Thankfully the excellent comedy is coming out DVD today, which means your only excuse is that you hate laughter.
4. Cages by Dave McKean (reprint) Cages has been out of print for a while now, so it's nice to see the Sandman cover artist's epic and massive work is back in print. Cages follows the intersecting lives of several characters, all the while ruminating on art, God and being human. It won a boatload of rewards back when it was initially released, and time has treated it well. If you're a fan of surreal images, whacked out plot lines or strange characters, you'll find Cages to be just what you're looking for.
3. Civilization V (PC) Hopefully you've got your affairs in order -- the bills for next month are paid, you've got some time off work set aside and your children are on holiday with their grandparents. Why? The Civilization franchise is well-known for absolutely destroying hours and eating away the free time of gamers for the last 19 years -- so if you're not prepared for it, you might want to stay away from retail outlets until you're ready. Once you are, prepare yourself to conquer humanity through diplomacy or war, this time with hexes.
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2. Tattoos and Tequila: To Hell and Back with One of Rocks Most Notorious Frontmen by Vince Neil and Mike Sager It shouldn't come as a surprise that Mötley Crüe front man Vince Neil has a hell of a story to tell. The title kind of reveals it all, but what more would you expect from Neil? Hopefully you're not looking for any deep thoughts about love and life, but if you're looking for a tale about one man's rise to stardom, you'll be in love with this book. It's a rock 'n' roll lifestyle for Neil, and he's got no qualms with talking about it.
1. Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife Anyone with a brain is well aware that the media manipulates numbers to tell a specific story. Charles Seife takes a look at how journalists have toyed with numbers to get what they want out of a story, whether it's the amount of tea-partiers at a rally or a statistic about health risks. Sometimes we think of math as a magical truth-teller, but Seife makes his argument that it can be used for both good and evil.