Current Recommendations

In Current Recommendations, Frances Hill visits local businesses to ask people about their media recommendations.

Suzie Noble

BUSINESS: O’Ramas, 148 Washington St.

INTERVIEWEE: Suzi Noble, owner

LISTENING: I’m an NPR listener in general.

WATCHING: I’m rewatching “The Borgias” and am taken by the history, politics, setting and costuming. Also watching the last season of “The Crown” and am taken by the same things. And watching “Wednesday” (by) Tim Burton. I watch anything he directs.

READING: Recently, I moved after 37 years in the same place. I moved many many books and decided to start reading them: Henry James’ “Goodbye Sweetwater” and Alice Munro’s “Dear Life.”

SOMETHING PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU OR YOUR CAREER: I was a bicycle messenger in Boston — pre-fax machine!

Doug Shube

BUSINESS: Shubie’s, 16 Atlantic Ave.

INTERVIEWEE: Doug Shube, general manager

LISTENING: Lizzo, the new Beyonce album, big fan of Greyson Chance. Actually saw Lizzo and Greyson live. Oh, and Rüfüs Du Sol — more house music.

WATCHING: Really into “Yellowstone.” Just finished “Wednesday.” Waiting for (season two of) “Heartstopper.”

READING: Just started “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi. My goal is to read a little more this year.”

SOMETHING PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU OR YOUR CAREER: I literally wanted to be a farmer growing up — thus my love of “Yellowstone.” I searched the yellow pages for tractors. But now, instead of a farm, I got a store!”

Gene Arnould

BUSINESS: Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St.

INTERVIEWEE: Gene Arnould, owner

LISTENING: Jazz all the time, and here are a couple of new ones: Brian Auger, “Full Circle” and Esperanza Spalding, “Alive at the Village.” Esperanza is the best new artist of the year in every genre. Had her two times at the Marblehead Summer Jazz Festival.

WATCHING: “PBS NewsHour” and “Masterpiece Theatre”

READING: I’m reading “All Quiet on the Western Front.” I’d seen it on one of the streaming networks. Also reading Steve Martin’s “Number One is Walking: My Life in the Movies and Other Diversions.”

SOMETHING PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU OR YOUR CAREER: Keith Richards and his wife stayed at my B&B, Brimblecomb Hill, in 2001. And he was very well behaved!

Frances Roberts Hill
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