The things I consume hopefully inspire me to create more or teach me to be a better human. Podcast conversations illuminate my drives, my kitchen time and my walks. Podcasts and books go a long way in buffering the loneliness that can come with working from home. Sharing some recent favorite books, movies and podcast with you helps me feel more connected. Enjoy!
Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg. I am a Myla Goldberg fan, so when I saw this at the library, I had to get it. The story of a female photographer when photography was just being born in the ‘50s. Another great story about the creative life and what it costs women to be artists.
Museum of Modern Love by Hannah Rose. I loved this novel that centers on Marina Abramovic’s performance piece at MoMA – “The Artist Is Present.” A beautifully written book about love and making art.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer. A fun romp with some depth that carries the protagonist, a waning author, around the world where he hopes to elude his grief over a lost love.
It’s Not Your Money by Tosha Silver. I have been reading Tosha’s books for awhile. This one focuses on abundance, prosperity and invites the reader to surrender to the Divine. I am working on this.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. I recently had the crazy idea to become a therapist. So when I heard Lori Gottlieb on Good Life Project podcast, I wanted to read her book about being a therapist and also being in therapy. I haven’t finished it, but it is engrossing and illuminating about the human condition.
Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen. I heard about this book on The Splendid Table, another favorite podcast of mine. I love cooking but it’s easy for me to get into a rut and make the same stuff. I love Vietnamese food and with a few new cupboard items, I have been making tasty meals!
Podcast episodes I’ve loved
I don’t know what I would do without podcasts. They make driving and cooking so much more enjoyable. When do you listen to your podcasts and what are some of your recent faves? Share below in the Comments section. Here are my recent faves:
On Being with Krista Tippett with guest Atul Gawande
Tim Ferriss Show with guest Amanda Palmer; also episode with Ramit Sethi
Design Matters with Debbie Millman with guest Shantell Martin
Elena Brower with guest Lauren Zander
Hurry Slowly episode with guest Scott Barry Kaufman
I love cinema therapy. I watch a movie at least twice a week. I go for the dark French psychological dramas and Steve prefers a light and fluffy rom com. We seem to find a happy medium and enjoy the cinema therapy, two hours away from my own life and problems.
The Edge of Seventeen
I am trying to not get into watching shows, because I get hooked and then binge watch and then feel like I have lost some precious non-renewable time. But there are some shows that aren’t just blobbing on the couch, but inspire me creatively. Here are some recent faves:
Fleabag. The final and second season of Fleabag, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Wanderlust. I love Toni Collette so will see anything she is in. I LOVED this show about a therapist who asks her husband for an open marriage. The therapy episode was amazing.
Glow. SO much fun – Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling is a delightful tale of the underdog.
Babylon Berlin. I love Berlin and this historical show was fabulous, if dark.
Salt Fat Acid Heat. Four-part food show on Netflix with Samin Nosrat
Heal. Documentary about the mind/body connection and its role in healing. Profound.
Wanda Sykes Not Normal. Stand up comedy show. Hilarious.
Amy Schumer Growing Hilarious. stand up show.
Brené Brown The Call to Courage. A lot of this you have probably already heard, but it’s worth watching anyway. A masterful and inspiring talk that may change the way you create.
What is inspiring your creativity these days? Share what you are reading, hearing and watching below.