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The BB Man Agenda: May 2013

With our birthday-month shipments off to subscribers, it’s time to review our grown-up cultural to-do list for May. Here’s a taste of what’s new and good on the horizon.


Don’t miss the greatest two minutes in sports on May 4th. The 139th Kentucky Derby is packed with exciting storylines, including Kevin Krigger’s bid to become the first African American jockey to win in over 100 years. Even if the favorite, “Verrazano,” wins at Churchill Downs, you’re guaranteed an underdog comeback story on May 26th, when new episodes of Arrested Development debut on Netflix.


Random Access Memories, the highly anticipated studio album from Daft Punk, is set to release on May 21. The first single from the record, "Get Lucky," is a smooth, feel-good groove assisted by disco legend Nile Rodgers on guitar and Pharrell Williams on vocals. If the rest of the album is even remotely as catchy, expect this to be the soundtrack of your summer.


Ever since we picked up Benjamin Lytal’s first novel, A Map of Tulsa, we haven’t put it down. A nostalgic ode to the convergence of youth, love, and place, it pumps us up for summer even in its most mundane moments: “It was a quiet thing to do, our stomachs full, watching evening traffic for a minute from the cool smooth concrete. I took in the fumes like sea air. Or we would go running errands on Saturdays, different places: back and forth, out onto the blacktop, downcast in the perpendicular sunlight, then back in: fueled by Coca-Cola and succored by the AC vent.”


Helping us get through our grown-man to-do list this month is the ultimate productivity app, Any.Do. More than an ever-growing list of looming tasks, it transforms your tasks into time-sensitive action items, and pushes you to complete them. This might be the month that kitchen table actually gets refinished.

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