I do not consider myself an expert on pretty much anything, let alone what you should be spending your money on. But! Here are a few of my favorite things as of late, Oprah-style, should you be interested. Sure wish I could give them away to each and every one of you. YOU get a Uniqlo shirt! YOU get all-natural deodorant!
This Uniqlo shirt — The high neck and half-sleeve make my neck and arms look long and slim, and the material and ribbing are soft. Plus, it’s 10 freaking dollars.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders — I am a big Saunders fan, but this novel really blew me away. It is unusual and touching and funny and sad and I’ve thought about it a lot since reading it.
Schmidt’s Sensitive Skin Deodorant Stick — If you’re anything like me, you’ve been desperately seeking a natural deodorant that doesn’t leave you smelling like a gym sock or make your pits burn. This one works great for me! I have the geranium scent.
Numi Rooibos Chai Tea — I love making my own Chai tea, but I am often lazy and want tea right NOW. This caffeine-less rooibos tea has a nice balance of spices and tastes great with a little dollop of honey.
Volunteering or Giving to Planned Parenthood — I’m a volunteer and a donor and it’s awesome, and you should be, too!
I never read as much as I want to (and I never will), but I’ve read some great books this year that I’d like to share with you. Note that I am perpetually behind, so almost none of my suggestions are super timely (at least I’m not giving War and Peace a 2016 thumbs up), but all worth checking out. I think we could all use a little literary therapy.
- The Invisible Bridge and How to Breath Underwater — Julie Orringer
- I really enjoy how Orringer writes. Her short stories in How to Breath are touching and funny and sad, and the level of character development in the short time allowed is impressive. In Invisible Bridge she takes her time developing three Jewish Hungarian brothers finding their way in 1930s Europe, and it’s a good thing.
- The Southern Reach Trilogy — Jeff VanderMeer
- A mysterious and totally engrossing bit of sci-fi. The first book, Annihilation, is especially entrancing. You’ll finish not knowing exactly what you read but wishing there was more.
- The Wicked + The Divine — Kieron Gillan, Jamie McKelvie
- Not technically a book, this comic book series gives me life. It follows a collection of gods who are reincarnated every 90 years, and in their current iteration they are pop stars. It’s smart and fun. Four volumes collecting the comics are currently available.
- Tenth of December — George Saunders
- Although many of Saunders’ stories bend toward the sad end of the spectrum, he always find humor in his characters and their situations. These short stories are rich and clever and stick with you days later.
If you choose to check out any of these titles, or any for that matter, please consider buying them from an independent seller or a used bookstore. Help the little guys stay in business and get your read on at the same time!
Oh hi! Last night I was fortunate enough to attend a live taping of Call Your Girlfriend, a podcast hosted by long-distance best friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. It was delightful and had me thinking about my current favorite podcasts. If you need something to listen to in the car, on the train, on a plane… let me recommend the following.
Call Your Girlfriend — It’s basically listening in on two very smart and witty besties catching up on pop culture, politics, and feminism. They also have guests.
More Perfect — A “mini series” produced by the great show Radiolab all about the Supreme Court. They cover past and current cases that interest them and teach you loads about the workings of the mysterious court in the process.
2 Dope Queens — You’re probably already listening to this podcast! But if you aren’t, it’s a live comedy show in NYC hosted by Jessica Williams (of The Daily Show) and comedian Phoebe Robinson. They feature a diverse range of comics and their banter is top-notch.
Song Exploder — Each Song Exploder episode features one song by one band. The musician(s) break down the songwriting process for that particular track, giving you a behind-the-scenes of some of your favorite tunes.
There are MANY, many more podcasts worth listening to, but there are a few favorite of mine right now. Hope you like!