There are so many good things to say about “Homecoming,” a 10-part series available for screening on Amazon Prime.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you very much, because to do so would be to ruin it for you. I definitely don’t want to do that.

Suffice it to say that it stars Julia Roberts (who is outstanding), is directed by Sam Esmail (“Mr. Robot”), and that every episode is a half-hour, and yet so chock-full of plot that they add up to a suspenseful, propulsive whole. (More series should consist of 30-minute episodes, I think.) It strikes me as painstakingly done, with hardly a wasted shot or word, focusing on an installation designed to treat soldiers just home from the war.

“Homecoming” is creepy and suspenseful and totally paranoid, and it is not for nothing that the soundtrack consists of musical cues that harken back to 70s thrillers such as “Three Days of the Condor” and “The Parallax View.”

I think that once you begin watching, you’ll want to binge it … because you’ll simply want to know what is going on.

I do have one recommendation. When you get to episode 10, stick around for the post-credits sequence. It is a killer, and sets up the second season.

“Homecoming” is terrific. Watch it, and thank me later.



Among the pleasures of spending a few days at SXSW in Austin, Texas, was the opportunity to enjoy the food and drink.

I haven’t been drinking much beer lately, but I do have a new favorite … Yellow Rose Smash IPA, which is delicious with a nice malty finish. (And, after all, as the British poet AE Houseman once wrote, “Malt does more than Milton can to justify God’s ways to man.”)

Also went to Lambert’s in downtown Austin - which was commandeered for the duration by Brand Innovators , a really impressive networking organization - and had an amazing chopped beef sandwich, served with white onion, jalapeño and pickle relish.

There were chicken fajita tacos at Chuy’s. A quick cheeseburger with grilled onions at Huts. And a margarita at the rooftop bar Bob’s Steak & Chop House.

All in all, a satisfying weekend. In so many ways.



That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you Monday.

Sláinte!!