Favorites: August 2020

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 / 9:48 PM

Wherever you are, whatever you're going through: I hope you're OK – and safe and healthy, too.

Amanda had recommended Trevor Noah's memoir a couple years ago, and this definitely did not disappoint. I can't remember the last time I cried at a book, but the last chapter did it for me. Noah's stories are poignant, funny, thought-provoking, and devastating. I walked away from it feeling like I know Trevor Noah better now – and that's not always something I feel after every memoir, to be honest.

I started watching this back in June, and then Na joined in on the watch. We really thought that this series – with 7 seasons and 22-23 episodes each season – would take us to the end of quarantine. Nevertheless, I'm glad I've finally had the time to watch this classic show because it's phenomenal. (I only wished I'd seen it back when I lived in D.C. so I could appreciate the city even more!) I think some of the best moments are the ones that are the quietest on the screen, where you need to keep an eye on what's happening on the actor's faces or in the small actions they take in character. It makes the show even more powerful.

Also: It's an absolute shame that Martin Sheen never won an Emmy for his role. I demand a recount.

Kate Bowler's brutally honest memoir about her stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis is heartbreaking, yet hopeful. I first became familiar with Bowler through a New York Times Q&A published in April about "living in the face of fear" and was immediately drawn to her memoir because of its title: "and other lies I've loved." What I appreciate most about Bowler – especially now following her on Instagram and having listened to her podcast – is how candid she is in sharing her experiences, as well as speaking frankly about how balancing life's heartaches with faith. 

I've thought about getting a ring light for awhile, expressly for the purpose of lighting my photos for @alopeciamua easier – and this has absolutely been a game-changer. It cuts the time for my set-up down, and has also helped me start doing more Reels/TikToks. If you're looking for a simple tabletop ring light, this is a good one.

I've been a fan of Hannah Brencher's writing since If You Find This Letter and just recently subscribed to her newsletter, which she sends out on Monday mornings as a way to help people get their week off to a less "lethargic" start. It's given me a lot to think about when I wake up.

More to watch:
  • My Week With Marilyn – Michelle Williams is extraordinary as Marilyn Monroe. 
  • Work It – I love Sabrina Carpenter and Jordan Fisher, so the two of them together in a dance film is exactly my cup of tea. Is Work It predictable? Absolutely. Does that make it any less fun? Not at all.
  • Palm Springs

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