Friday Media Prep: As Above, So Below

Every Friday we will feature the inspiring books, movies, TV shows, and other works of art you have to check out. Please share your suggestions below!

This was one hell of a week (*smirk*), but, thankfully, I had access to tons of media that got my mind off everything going on in my life and in my noggin’. This week’s FMP is all about the great “beyond”. When I say this I don’t mean solely the afterlife, but what becomes of us when we move beyond comfort, ease, and what you can envision. Everything below had me thinking about the wonder “ifs” in my life and whether or not I can go for them. Spoilers: I will.

The full list follows below. Enjoy!

 Read

“How Anna Brones Works Half a Dozen (Cool) Jobs” by Brendan Leonard for Outside Magazine

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Anna Brones, Outside Magazine

Anna Brones is a Renaissance woman if ever there was one. She’s a writer, filmmaker, cyclist, and all-around badass woman. Outisde Magazine interviewed her to get the skinny on how she manages to live her life so fully, which really got me thinking about throwing caution to the wind and chasing the dream.

You can read the full interview {here}

“How the Idea of Hell Has Shaped the Way We Think” by Vinson Cunningham for The New Yorker

Illustration of people in chains
Illustration by Cleon Peterson for The New Yorker

This article isn’t what you’re thinking it is: rather than being a theological shakedown of our wayward lives, Vinson Cunningham is questioning how our obsession with fire and brimstone has led to a whole lot of sorrow and even more apathy. It’s a long read, but I sure loved it.

You can read more {here}

Watch

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Sky

A Discovery of Witches  by Deborah Harkness was a book my mom could not put down a few years ago. Revolving around a scholarly witch and a dashing vampire who team up and begin to fall for each other. It’s not your typical Twilight-era fare – instead, Harkness, who is a professor of medieval history and sciences, serves up a smart and enthralling watch.

Now, it’s a series airing on Sky (part of the BBC) and it is such an exciting watch. Season one is complete, but they’ve already signed on for season two and three. You can catch up with the first season of the show  on Sundance Now or Shudder streaming services.

Listen

Moderat “Out of Sight”

I have been listening to this song on a serious repeat. I know you’re supposed to be chill when you meditate, but I really like to sway to songs that allow me to lose myself a little bit. Moderat’s music does just that. This German tech group is my jam. Let me know in the comments if they become yours, too!

That’s all for this week!

 

 

My (Current) ‘Get Shit Done’ Playlist

“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” – George Eliot

As a recovering loud kid, I can’t stand silence. Empty spaces make me sweat, and I absolutely detest the quiet game.  My parents often reflect on the day I started talking in the same grim tones you would expect to hear from a retired detective. I was never quiet, and just when I was old enough to stop crying for recognition I started talking. Then, the music started. I was singing all over the place, my voice shamelessly bouncing off our walls and into the world. Music transported me to new planes of existence long before I had the words to describe my sense of fealty, and it more often than not helped me to calm down when my emotions spiraled. Music – singing it, listening to it, learning about it – has been a life-long form of love that I show to myself.

I’ve finally discovered enough self-control to not bellow every chance I get, however my no silence affliction is compounded exponentially when I’m supposed to be working (or eating). Working simply feels like work when you have to do it without sound. You would think music wouldn’t calm a wayward mind, but it somehow creates a level of focus I can’t harness without it. Just as the quote above states: music simply helps me float through the sludge.

This list is not referring to bops you can sway to absentmindedly at a red light. I’m talking about the songs that inspire the laser focus of a falcon. Whether it be due to genetics, or an intrinsic level of rage , these songs get me authentically and indomitably HYPED to create. I’m able to quell my restlessness, ignore my insecurities about writing and put myself out there at least once a day. The music I’m going to share isn’t necessarily a list of club-bangers; in reality, most of the tunes are relatively subdued. However, the singer in me is inspired to focus by the sounds, beats, and wordplay of each song listed below. I’m not sure which gene they tickle, but I’ve been looking to these songs for the last few months when I need to buckle down.

So, without further ado, the playlist designed to help me get shit done!

 

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“Help Me Lose My Mind” – Disclosure feat. London Grammar (SOHN Remix)

“Rusty Nails” – Moderat

“Insane”- Flume feat. Moon Holiday

“Level Up” -Ciara

“Passionfruit” – Paramore  performing a cover of the song by Drake

“You Are All I See” – Active Child

“Django Jane” – Janelle Monae

“On The Nature Of Daylight” – Max Richter