September feels like it’s time to get a little bit serious again: putting away the beach reads in favor of that new memoir we’ve been meaning to read or trying out the podcast that’s finally going to help us start meditating. Then again, going back to work and school might also mean that you need a few diversions that are pure entertainment (though I draw the line at Rob & Chyna.) This month’s edition of What to Read, Watch, & Listen To is a happy mix of cerebral and light, from a surprising read on nutrition to the new Netflix series that’s just plain fun. Click through the slides, and leave a comment sharing any suggestions to add to our list!
*image source: A Cup of Jo
I’ve read my fair share of books on nutrition, and this one actually brings some fascinating ideas to the table that are completely new to me. It’ll turn every idea you had about “dirt” on its head!
Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood, by Claire Hoffman
After hearing Hoffman share her story on a podcast, I rushed out to buy her memoir and devoured it in a weekend. The daughter of a devout follower of Transcendental Meditation, she grew up in Maharishi’s national headquarters for Heaven on Earth (a trailer park in Iowa.) Her fascinating true tale is a must-read.
Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency, by James Andrew Miller
I just started reading this captivating look inside one of the most powerful forces behind the global entertainment industry (talent agency Creative Artists Agency) and the betrayals and schemes that led to some of its biggest dramas. No doubt I’ll finish this one up
This has been playing in the background at our office when we need to hunker down and get stuff done! It’s a neuroscience-based music subscription service that helps increase your attention span up to 400% when working, studying, writing and reading.
Love these conversations with writers, chefs, and personalities about their passion for food and how it enriches life and feeds the soul.
ed. note: Jenn Rose has been loving this one, so I asked her to give us the scoop.
“It’s an unexpected, colorful tale that helps you imagine the excitement of being there in the Bronx at the moment hip-hop was born. Just this incredibly creative form of expression coming out of a very frustrated community… I get excited just thinking about it. [Director] Baz Luhrmann has a way of telling stories with plenty of magic. Like magical realism. If you have an open mind, watch this show.”
Obviously I must be on some kind of fringe culture kick (see slide 2.) This documentary about a West Hollywood cult with a
lunatic charismatic leader that eventually moves to Austin (!!) is stranger than fiction, people.
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