1. Being Human on BBC America - Okay, so the whole vampire thing may be running dry, but hear us out. What seemed like the opening of a cheesy joke (a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost share an apartment) has evolved into one of the most entertaining, addictive, and thrilling shows we've caught up on this summer. Season 2 of this brilliantly written cult hit has already started, but do whatever you can (iTunes, VOD, DVR) to jump on the wagon. Have a taste:
If only we had known the cast had appeared at this year's Comic-Con! Imagine the geeked-out fanboy possibilities.
2. Clementine - Tucked away on a residential street on the north side of Santa Monica Boulevard, sitting across from the massive hubbub of retail and business that is Century City, is this bakery cafe that's a must for ABA's, Angeleno Brunch Addicts (sadly, they're closed on Sundays).
3. "Microphone," by Darin - Like a breath of fresh pop straight out of 1988, Sweden's reigning prince of pop delivers an irresistible yet empowering anthem that's part Jefferson Starship, part Justin Timberlake -- all good.
4. The poster for Burlesque - Love the contrasting black-and-whiteness. Love the sassy slogan. Love the campiness that seems to be oozing from the lit-up letters in the title. We're hyperventilating along with the generations of gay men across America.
5. American Nerd by Benjamin Nugent - A social exploration of the concept of the intellectual misfit presents a tour of nerd subcultures while tracing the personality's evolution in the media and the rest of pop culture. It's a sociological study, it's a memoir, it's a history book! It's a pretty damn good read. And the more you read, the more you find out the all-important lesson: there's a nerd in all of us. Pick up your copy here.