LG Faves: September 2019

TOLG September Favorites

These are some things I have been enjoying a lot lately so I wanted to share them here with all of you!

TV Show: Unbelievable on Netflix

I didn’t want to watch this show at first because I was scared to watch a story about such a heavy subject matter. It follows the violent rape of a young teen, Marie Adler, who is accused of lying about the rape by two male detectives who are very condescending and treat her poorly. It then goes on to follow a string of similar rapes that take place in Washington and Colorado and the two incredible female detectives who start investigating the similar crimes. I was so hooked to this show that I watched the entire thing in less than 24 hours. This is crazy for me because I rarely get hooked to shows, and usually prefer reading in the evening. This is the single best thing I have watched in the past few years. It was extremely educational, horrifying and moving. I highly recommend everyone, especially women, watch this powerful show.  

Food: Yogurt with fresh berries & granola

I know this sounds boring but it has been SO HOT in LA, that I have been craving very cooling foods. Yogurt with fresh berries and granola is one of the few things that actually sounds good most of the time. I eat this most days at home and even when I go out to breakfast I have been ordering this because it has been the most appealing to me. When I am feeling so hot and zapped of energy it’s hard for me to want eggs or anything cooked. Homemade granola really ups the yogurt game, and when the fruit is fresh and in season it’s delicious. Sometimes you crave simple and light, and this has done just the trick!

Nonfiction Book: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

I was very excited for the release of this book in August. Jia Tolentino’s New Yorker articles are always my favorite to read. Her writing is sharp, relentlessly self-examining, horrifying, hopeful and brilliant. I very much enjoyed reading it and seeing her speak at Skylight Books. If you haven’t read Jia’s writing before, I highly recommend checking out her New Yorker articles or this book!

Fiction Book: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

I am flying out to Paris this Thursday and wanted to take a book on my trip that would be a delight to read. I did some research and City of Girls looked like the perfect book. I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing and the story is dazzling and fun. It's a love story that takes place in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. I am about a third of the way through right now and loving it so far.

Movement: Pop Physique

I am obsessed with Pop. Like completely hooked. I would go every day if I could. It’s a barre workout that is just so much more fun and hip than any of the other barre classes I have done. What I love about Pop is that I am always left feeling good and energized afterwards. I have done many workouts that don’t feel good on my body and leave me feeling completely depleted. Pop is the complete opposite for me. My body loves it and I have been seeing such great results. If you’re in LA or NYC — I HIGHLY recommend it.

Movie: Hustlers

I saw this movie yesterday and really liked it. I went into it skeptical and unsure of how I would feel about the story line, but I saw that it had good reviews and that showtime worked the best for us, so I figured — give it a shot. And I am so glad I did. The movie really surprised me, more than being a movie about strippers or revenge on Wall Street guys it felt like a story about strong female friendships and finding a family and a sense of belonging when you’ve been dealt a tough lot in life. I also felt like it was a different way of showing female strength and intelligence that didn’t involve trying to make it in a man’s world, which I really appreciated. It was an important story to be told and really blew me away.

Cool Things I've Seen Recently

Cool things I’ve seen recently

I’ve read/seen/listened to some interesting stuff on the inter-webs recently that I wanted to share. They have been thought provoking, inspiring, and fun. Hope you enjoy!

Inspiring

New York Times Article - Jenna Wortham on the Exhilarating Work That Leaves Her ‘Naked and Shivering’

TED Talk - Multipotentialites: Why some of us don't have one true calling | Emilie Wapnick

Thought-provoking

New York Times Opinion Piece: Don’t Let Sex Distract you from the Revolution

Pardon My French Podcast — Escaping Expectations with Hayley Quinn

TED talk — Searching for love to escape ourselves | Hayley Quinn

Giggles

Lets end things off with a good laugh — here are two videos that made me LOL:

SNL Weekend Update: Pete Davidson & John Mulaney Review Clint Eastwood's The Mule

James Corden: The David Beckham Statue Prank

Favorite 2018 Articles

TOLG Favorite 2018 Articles

I wrote up my list of 2018 favorites but as you might have noticed, I did not include my favorite articles in that list. The truth is that I had too many to choose only one or two! I knew I would have to dedicate a full post to the subject so I could share the variety of great articles that I read this past year.

As you will see in the list I like to read different topics from a few different sources. My favorite outlet would be The New Yorker though because in my opinion they have the most interesting well-written articles. Plus my brother has a subscription that he always lets me use :)

So without further ado, here they are in no particular order. Hope you find something interesting to read this weekend!

Profiles:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Acts Out – The New Yorker

Riz Ahmed Acts His Way Out of Every Cultural Pigeonhole – The New York Times Magazine

Nicole Holofcener’s Human Comedies – The New Yorker

Donald Glover Can’t Save You – The New Yorker

Feminism:

Rebecca Solnit: Whose Story (and Country) Is This? – Literary Hub

Rebecca Solnit: Protest and Persist: Why Giving Up Hope is Not an Option – The Guardian

Lena Dunham on Her Decision to Have a Hysterectomy at Age 31 – Vogue

Social/Political Issues:

When Deportation is a Death Sentence – The New Yorker

The Birth of a New American Aristocracy – The Atlantic

Why Are the Poor Blamed and Shamed for their Deaths? By Barbara Ehrenreich – The Guardian

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, In Her Own Words — JACOBIN

‘Our Minds Can Be Hijacked’: The Tech Insiders Who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia — The Guardian

Spirituality & Health:

When Anorexics Grow Up — The New York Times 

Mama Medicine: How Deciding I Was Enough Transformed My Life — Well + Good

Why Perfectionism Is On The Rise and How To Overcome It — Goop

Three Easy Ways to Reduce Your Trash Footprint

Reduce Trash

Our planet needs all the help it can get. Once you realize how much waste you create it is pretty alarming.

Think about a single Starbucks coffeeshop and how much coffee and to-go cups they are pumping out each day. It’s a ton. And then think of all the Starbucks in your town, and then think of all the ones in your region, and then your state… it is SO much waste I can’t even wrap my head around it. And that is just Starbucks, that’s not even including all the other coffeeshops and restaurants with to-go cups and boxes. It is all adding up and all this trash is getting collected in our oceans, drastically hurting our environment and wildlife. There are so many animals that are dying from ingesting plastic and harmful chemicals found in trash, it is really sad.

I have tried to implement small changes that aren’t difficult or inconveniencing but make a difference. Here are three that I have been doing regularly: 

Metal straws:

I purchased these re-usable metal straws from Amazon that I now take with me in my bag so I can use them instead of plastic straws when I get iced drinks. Or if you forget it, don’t use a straw. You don’t NEED a straw every time you have a cold drink, if you’re in a restaurant just drink out of the cup. You will be fine, I promise.  

Don’t Use Plastic Produce Bags at the Grocery Store:

You know those flimsy plastic bags you put your fruits and vegetables in at the grocery store? They are totally unnecessary. Don’t use them. You can just put your produce in your basket and then once you get home wash your fruits and vegetables and they will be fine. Those plastic bags just end up in your trash right when you get home anyways. Not using them makes a big difference.

Re-usable water bottles:

Ground breaking I know. But SO many people still use plastic water bottles all the time. Not only are you saving yourself money by taking your own re-usable water bottle with you, you are dramatically helping the environment. It’s a win-win.

Five Powerful Documentaries

Documentaries can be such powerful forms of learning and entertainment. I love how they can take a subject and create such an interesting educational experience around it. I have gotten really into documentaries because I want to spend my extra time expanding my brain. If I am going to be spending two hours watching something, I might as well watch something that inspires me and teaches me something new. Of course every now and then you need to turn your brain off and enjoy a great comedy, but I've recently watched some fascinating documentaries that have been made over the past few years. 

Here are five powerful documentaries that made a strong impact on me:

Bill Cunningham New York - A lovely film about the life of this incredibly eccentric man, Bill Cunningham, a renowned New York City street style photographer. 

Black Fish - This documentary is chillingly moving and heartbreaking. It exposes you to the cruelty and injustice behind the captivity of wild animals for human pleasure, in particular killer whales. 

Eating Animals - An eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. 

RBG - I wrote about this documentary in a previous blog post. Read all about it here

Won't You Be My Neighbor? - I loved this documentary about the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the host of Mister Rogers neighborhood, so much. It is so moving and you are left wanting to be a better person and inspired to find ways to help make the world a better place.

Muse: Dr. Jane Goodall

"Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall we all be saved."

"Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall we all be saved."

Jane Goodall is a trailblazer and an icon. As a woman growing up in the era that she did, I have always been blown away by the work she has done and the life she has lived. Women didn't go to Africa to do research and study chimpanzees on their own back in the 1950s – but she did. 

When I was a sophomore in high school I was lucky enough to attend a talk that Jane Goodall gave in my hometown. I had known who she was since I was a little girl because she was a legend to me – the amazing lady who lived in Africa with the monkeys. I was very excited for her talk and clung to every word that she said. But what I was most blown away by was her captivating energy. She had a beautiful halo around her that made her seem like an angel. Her presence was comforting and she inspired me to educate myself and care about what was happening to our environment.

She makes me believe that things can change for the better and that the biggest issues facing our world can get solved with compassion and positive actions. Reminding myself of this helps me continue to believe that my small actions can make a difference and encourages me to do what I can to take care of our planet. 

To learn more about the work that she is doing, you can visit The Jane Goodall Institute, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter

RBG Documentary

"I ask no favors for my sex... All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks."

This documentary is absolutely incredible. From the moment it started until the second it ended I was completely enthralled and blown away by this woman. 

The film shares the exceptional story of Ruth Bader Ginsburgs's life and career: her childhood, why she decided to become a lawyer, how she met and fell in love with her husband, the challenges she faced getting her first job out of law school because she was a woman, to the work she did following that which led her to the nation's highest court.

 

My favorite part of the documentary was that it highlighted her early legal battles and how they changed the world for women. I did not know the extent of how influential her work has been for creating equal rights for women, and how utterly unfair things were before. What she has done to fight gender discrimination in this country is just incomparable. 

You leave with such a respect and reverence for this amazing woman who truly is the closest thing to a super hero we have today. 

If you are in any city that is showing this documentary I HIGHLY recommend watching it. I promise you will leave inspired and so grateful for all the work this tiny but mighty woman has done.

You can see the full list of where it is playing here

Muse: Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is a badass. You know those writers who write so well and with such depth and profundity that you are left thinking afterwards and seeing things from a whole different light? That’s what she does.

If you read her work, you’re guaranteed to learn something new. Even if it’s a topic you’ve known about for a long time she will have you looking at it from a different angle and opening your mind to new possibilities. She is brilliant.

She has written on a variety of topics, but mainly focuses on feminism, social change, insurrection, the environment, politics, art, and western history.  

Not only are her pieces thought provoking and well written, she leaves me feeling hopeful and inspired. Something that she does on the journey she takes me on with her writing leaves me feeling like I can make a difference, encourages me to take action, and believe in positive outcomes.

My two favorite essays of hers that I have read so far are these:

Guardian: If I were a man

Guardian: Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option

Even though she has been writing incredible pieces for a long time, I recently learned about her, and I am so grateful that I have. Isn’t it one of the best feelings when you discover a new writer or artist that really speaks to you and there's so much of their work to explore? I am very excited about it. It makes me happy and optimistic that great thinkers and activists like her exist – it gives me hope about humanity and something to aspire to.

I have not read any of her books yet but it's definitely next on my list when I finish my current book. Have you read any of Rebecca Solnit’s work? I would love to hear about your favorites! And if not, hope you enjoy discovering her writing as much as I have!