On my radar: Cultural highlights of Gretchen Rubin


Gretchen Rubin, born in 1965, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and is a best-selling author and speaker.

On the subjects of happiness and well-being, she is best known as an author. In 2009, she published The Happiness Project and, most recently, in 2019, Outer Order, Inner Peace. Her Happier With Gretchen podcast, which she co-hosts with Elizabeth Craft, her niece, has received many awards, including this year’s Webby.

She lives with her husband and two daughters in New York. 1.

Dolly Parton’s MusicMule Skinner BluesI came across it by mistake, this vintage, almost yodelling song covered by Dolly Parton in 1970.

It is a country classic and has this “hey hey” chorus – it will make you smile if you need a boost.

I love Parton’s Dolly.

I feel like one of the few universals she’s one of.

Many of the books she has donated over the years to her Imagination Library…. She has done so much for people in her state and her country – and now for the world with her vaccine research donations.

In a way, she’s a secular saint. 2. Twenty Thousand Hertz PodcastOne of the ways I alleviate my nervous energy from all the Zoom meetings and not traveling is to take long walks while listening to a great podcast in Central Park.

This one I love.

Beautifully made, it’s all about the power of hearing, noise pollution discovery, movie special effects and so on…. It has awakened my sense of listening and love for the auditory world and made me much more aware of it. Octavia E. Butler’s 3rd FictionWild SeedNothing makes me happier than meeting an exciting new writer.

I like science fiction, and I discovered Octavia E. Butler this year. In her Patternist series, Wild Seed is the first [chronological]installment.

It is fantasy and thought-provoking science fiction about human existence and history. The four books deal with liberty, authority, science, history – all the main issues.

Some are about enslavement, some about mind control, and some are about the control of another species by alien species. Each may stand alone, but I read all of them, and in the preferred order.4. This is a comedy-drama about the nature of life and relationships. TVRussian Doll (Netflix) A game developer who proceeds to die and relives her 36th birthday and eventually starts to realize her own life is the main character.

It seems like the plot is running out of steam fast, so it’s very interesting that they found a way to break it up. Natasha Lyonne stars and has formed an impressive creative team with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland.

I liked it so much that I watched it twice! It’s just really thought-provoking and extremely binge-able. Fifth PlaceMetropolitan Museum of Art At the beginning of 2020, I decided that every day I will visit the Met.

And I did it before it closed for Covid in March, but now it’s open again – just five days a week and with shorter hours, but after not being able to go so long, it feels like a treat. They are very vigilant to ensure that people are not crowded.

It’s their 150th anniversary, and with the Making the Met 1870-2020 display, full of the biggest hits, this year should be a massive celebration. NonfictionHunger by Roxane GayThis is a memoir about her relationship with her weight by American author Roxane Gay, and it’s so comprehensive that it really makes you think about your own identity, speech, and relationships. In her life and identity, Gay’s struggle with her weight has been a significant factor. The book discusses that and attempts to explain her upbringing as well. Gay has a voice so strong.

I’ve read a few things about her, and I follow her on Twitter, where she’s pretty funny, but I feel like this book goes all the way down.

This is super convincing reading.


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