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.

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!