My dad is one of those people who, if he’s really into the book he’s reading, you’re basically reading it too. Because he will perseverate on it, out loud, until it’s over (regardless of whether you’re listening or not). It’s something that both annoyed and delighted me as a kid, but now I’ve become the same type of person. Books and music are my very favorite things to nerd out about and share, but I also love sharing people who inspire me, podcasts, media, technology, life-hacky things, psychology, and whatever hilarious thing my daughter said recently.
So this is the first of a monthly collection of things that are inspiring, entertaining, and moving me—shared for no other reason than that it brings me big joy.
I want to hear all about your favorites in the comments.
It’s a ten-day course by Jennifer Piercy, a Yoga Nidra teacher, that investigates your relationship with sleep, the obstacles that block sleep and rest, and the soulful/spiritual side of getting your zzz’s. I've become quite obsessed with sleep and this course has been a sweet way to learn a little each night. I play it as I'm going to bed.
Hannah Gadsby: Nannette via Netflix
I know I'm a little late to the party on this one, but holy crap. It's not at all what you may think and it's brilliant. She is brilliant.
Kavanaugh and the Blackout Theory by SARAH Hepola
An op-ed by the whip smart Sarah Hepola which was featured in the New York Times in light of last week’s hearings, which dives into the blackout theory.
“But as a wise man once said, just because we are done with the past doesn’t mean the past is done with us. You can ask Christine Blasey Ford about that. You can ask Mark Judge. I bet both of them would have a few things to say about the way memories splinter and implant in the body. How the past lives inside us, guides us, owns us. I have often wondered what the body remembers even as the mind forgets. And then there are other things. The ones that will and never can be forgotten.”
Monday Morning Integrity Check by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is one of the most balanced, sane, and ego-checking bits of writing I’ve read in a long time. If you read nothing else from this post, read this. Sometimes Liz gets it exactly right.
”Can I be an activist and advocate, but still do the hard work of identifying my own blindspots, my own shortcomings, my own hate, and my own failures of grace? I sure fucking hope so. Because I’m the only person I’m in charge of.”
An oldie, but goodie. How are your spending your blocks today?
Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield
I read this over the summer, but haven't stopped thinking about it since.
Circe by Madeline Miller
I can’t overstate the beauty of Madeline Miller’s writing. I've never been able to follow a book about Greek mythology, but this one did the trick. A story that spans thousands of years and yet also manages to be a page-turner. And apparently, according to the author’s IG feed, it’s going to be a TV series eeee! I'll be reading The Song of Achilles soon.
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
A total page-turner from beginning to end. After a very long break from reading fiction, I dove back in this past summer, and this book reminded me why it can be such a feast for your mind.
It was also really fun to listen to the author, Rosie Walsh, be interviewed on The Beautiful Book Podcast. She talks about the insanity of getting this book deal (squealing agents, a 7-way auction).