Ever wish your life were richer, more meaningful, or more pleasurable? Or at least filled with more brilliant arts and entertainment? Well, friends, you’ve come to the right place: This week, Vulture Recommends presents rare solo piano classics selected by jazz star Vijay Iyer, deadpan comic performances selected by Jeffrey Tambor, and books on friendships betrayed (Myla Goldberg) and inventions created (Steven Johnson). At Vulture Recommends, we add a new artists’ set of picks every day, alongside selections from our own regulars, including Nitsuh Abebe on music, David Edelstein on film, Logan Hill on DVDs, and, this week, Willa Paskin on five great short-run TV series, from Luther to The Singing Detective. If these picks do not make you smarter, happier, healthier, and more well-rounded, well, then, there’s just no helping you, is there?