Monday Recommendations: Better Things, ScriptNotes, Barefoot Hiking


Television: Better Things
On Hulu, created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C. K., it follows the misadventures of a single mom (Adlon) and her three daughters living in L.A. We went through the whole first season in about a week. Hilarious, poignant, honest, and captivating, the narrative arcs are messy, like the characters themselves. Reminiscent of Louis, High Maintenance, and Master of None, each episode is a short story that will leave you thinking. Great soundtrack too.

Podcast: ScriptNotes
This podcast has been around for years, but I love it so much that I want to recommend it to anyone who still hasn't tuned in. Hosted by veteran screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin, this is ostensibly "a show about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters." I think ScriptNotes would actually appeal to anyone who is interested in how we tell stories (i.e. writers of all kinds) and/or anyone who's interested in how television shows and films are made (i.e. tv/film buffs and culture critics). John and Craig are just great company for your commute, your household chores, your evening dog walk, etc. Always entertaining, thought provoking, and educational.

Activity: Barefoot Hiking
A couple weekends ago, my wife and I did some barefoot hiking on one of the many local trails near our house. We generally think that shoes are great, especially in our day to day activities where we're interested in getting from A to B and we don't have time to worry about stepping on something gross or dangerous outside the safety of our house. Even when we're out in the wild, enjoying nature, we're usually interested in getting exercise, which means moving quickly. 

When we hike barefoot, it's more like meditation. We're no longer focused on the path ahead but on the path exactly where we are. The pace slows way down. It's amazing what a variety of tactile sensations you can have walking just a hundred yards.

With shoes on, the ground beneath your feet is always the same texture, the same temperature. Without them, there's suddenly warm, cool, wet, dusty, grassy, bumpy, squishy, smooth, mossy, leafy, and more. It will completely change your experience of the trail.

We recommend starting small. You don't have to do the whole trail barefoot, but try it for ten or twenty minutes. Push your comfort zone a little. If you come to a rocky place, go extra slow. If you come to a patch of mud, don't be afraid to get a little dirty. Maybe bring a small towel to wipe off or dry your feet when you're ready to put your socks and shoes back on. 

What are you recommending this week? Leave me a comment below!