The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Singles Collection 1992–2011 - I figured this would be the place to start, but don't - it sucks! Hardly a good tune I can remember from this platter, not even their jab at "Not If You Were the Last Dandy Warhol On Earth".
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Take It From the Man! - Hey, this is kind of good. I dig the first few songs, especially "Vacuum Boots," but then....forget it, I didn't even bother to finish the CD, it's freaking 70 minutes long and it quickly devolves into a boring, longwinded drag. Every damn song is a five-minute, mid-tempo, jangly/bloozy neo-psychedelic groove on one basic chord vamp. This band bragged about releasing three albums like this in a single year, but if they're all like this I wouldn't bother with the rest of their discography.
Jarhead (book) - I hate wokespeak like "toxic masculinity" but whoah, that term seems tailor made for the guys in this book and then some. It gives me great respect for our boys in uniform to learn that the elite Marines presented here are little more than frightening psychopaths who do little more than get drunk and into fights and talk about pussy. Even when I was a dumbass 19 year old obsessed with beer and bitches, I was a lot more human to be MORE than just that - these guys are brainless fratboys let loose with deadly machinery. He spends the entire book training and warming up for Iraq I, only for the actual war to last a grand total of 5 days, nearly all of which he spends running pointlessly around the desert. The pivotal moment is when he's finally about to do something actually useful and take out some Iraqi officers with his sniper rifle, only for the shot to be called off because they already have a squadron of bombers ready to swoop in and do all the real work. He feels cheated because all his training has been leading up to this moment in his life and now he's suddenly useless and redundant, like an athlete who's been training for the Olympics only to find out they've been cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus. On the other hand, he's relieved that he never has to kill a man, and have that on his conscience the rest of his life.
Jarhead (movie) - This really sanitizes the book, leaving out all the drinking and whoring and most of the drunken fighting, but preserves the grueling training and pussy talk and war action (what little he saw of it). A decent enough movie but if you've read the book, it's not necessary.
Wolf Hall + Bring Up the Bodies - the first two installments of Hillary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell (minister/right hand man to Henry VIII) trilogy. I can't recommend these highly enough to any fan of well-researched historical fiction. Despite the grand sweep of times and places, it's the minute details of daily life in 16th century England that really enthrall me. There's a huge cast of characters, and I had to keep referring back to the lists and charts in the preface to keep track, but it wasn't a difficult or confusing read because of that.
Wolf Hall (TV mini-series) - I could keep up with the cast of characters because I'd read the books first, but I suspect anyone who hadn't might get confused, as most of the characters aren't properly introduced or given much depth, which admittedly is much more difficult with only 6 hours of TV as opposed to 1200+ pages of text. A bit slow and frankly boring in spots. It really helps to have read the books; I'm not sure I would have enjoyed the series if I hadn't.