Thoroughly Thursday - the "Phys Ed" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Phys Ed Edition. I find that I have an evolving relationship with exercise. When I was in high school, I quickly found that much of my pent-up teenage anger and frustration was a useful tool when training in the gym, at the pool, or on the track. It's incredible how far you can run when you're pissed off at your parents. However, as I got older, I realized that there might be a better way to exercise that didn't involve ridiculous amounts of pain and suffering. I have found myself keeping to the Caballo Blanco model of "easy, light, smooth, and fast" which is so much easier on my joints. Bonus, completing a short 5k or sprint triathlon is one of the few times it is considered acceptable to day-drink in my house.
What I'm Watching - Every Frame a Painting (Literally)
This last week I watched Loving Vincent, the experimental film by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman about the final days of Vincent Van Gogh. Part art-history lecture/ part Rashomon, the film follows Armand Roulin (a portrait subject of Van Gogh IRL) as he tries to piece together the life and death of an artist who is described as kind, evil, quiet, mad, funny and tortured by the many people who knew him. However, the real marvel of the film is how 125 artists turned each frame of the movie (65,000 of them) into a painting on canvas, in the thick style reminiscent of Van Gogh's work. Additionally, many of the artist's paintings become the backdrop for key scenes in the story. It is a visually stunning work about one of the world's most famous masters.
What I'm Listening To - Podcasts Galore!
This week I listened to some fantastic podcast episodes that you might want to check out. First, developmental psychologist Lisa Damour (author of Untangled and the new Under Pressure) sat down with ultra-marathoner (and father of four kids) Rich Roll to talk about the challenges facing both teenagers and their parents in our modern world.
Also, check out Bad with Money by Gaby Dunn (America's Deadbeat Sweetheart) who interviews sociologist Rachel Sherman about the complicated relationship the 1% have with money in "Scraping by on 600K". Sherman’s NY Times 2017 Opinion piece later became the book Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence.
Finally, Marketplace had a great episode called "How to Survive Climate Change," which had a (surprisingly) nuanced discussion about our global future with UC Berkeley public policy professor Solomon Hsiang. TD;LR - we can’t stop climate change but we can mitigate it’s worst effects and learn to adapt to the changes it will bring.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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