1. An anthology of insanely short (six words only!) memoirs seemed like a perfect match for Very Short List, and readers overwhelmingly agreed — “A collection of short bios? Absolutely!” — making Not Quite What I Was Planning, compiled by the editors of SMITH magazine, February’s top book. To read the original VSL e-mail, click here.
2. February’s most popular DVD? State of Play, the 2003 BBC mini-series about hard-nosed British journalists chasing a story of murder, politics, and big business. It’s in development as a star-studded Hollywood production, so make sure you catch the original, with its refreshingly average-looking (and superb) British cast. To read the original VSL e-mail, click here.
3. Websites should be easy to navigate, but HEMA, a Dutch-based chain store, turned its into an imploding, Rube Goldberg–esque contraption that charmed VSL subscribers. You might not be able to buy the mixer on display, but you’ll get to see it ride a bodyboard. To read the original VSL e-mail, click here.
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