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The City Is Up for Grabs: How Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Led and Lost a City in Crisis by Gregory Pratt

This well-researched and interesting snappy read is a great window into what goes wrong when a leader goes power crazy and then just crazy, but what I really enjoyed was how the author managed the fact that the author himself, as a local reporter, played a significant role in a lot of the drama. 
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Casablanca (1942)

For some reason I had an idea that Casablanca would be slow and boring but I was definitely mistaken - it crackles with excellent (and often contemporary sounding) dialogue, wonderful acting, memorable scenes, fast-paced action, and an arresting story. 

the abyss (1989)

As 1980s blockbusters go it’s outclassed by the true greats, but despite weirdly shifting tone (is it fun and feel good, is it creepy thriller, idk), the characters and story succeed and make this a pop-corny good time. 

Mayor (2020)

This is an indie documentary about Ramallah’s mayor filmed in 2017, and it’s interesting for its juxtaposition of the outrageous and challenging realities of life in the occupied west bank with the day to day trivia of running a municipality. 

power at ground zero by lynne sagalyn

I really wanted to like this well-researched history of the post 9/11 reconstruction effort, but it’s just too poorly written to be worth the effort, with everything from confusing organization of timelines to ambiguous sentence construction hindering what is already a very dry (albeit important and fascinating) topic. 

the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson

My overall one sentence media review of the entire 150 hour endeavor that is this series (altho of course it has spawned a dozen other ancillary novels at this point) is that if you have the time and patience for a long series of books where you never really know what the plot is in any useful sense, but an endless succession of characters have deep, extended, metaphorically minded conversations about it, all interspersed fairly frequently with devastating violence, then they will reward you deeply, but if not, you'd have a way better time re-reading Brandon Sanderson.