An Inspiring Documentary and Nonfiction Book Scarier Than Any Thriller

Plus, a brilliant use for garlic skins.
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Lately, quarantine's felt like trying to start a car with a dead battery. I'm desperate to move forward—to a time when I can safely see my family and friends—but the car won't budge. And the best, safest thing I can do is stay in it and try to make do with the entertainment in the glove box, even when I can see people outside of the car ignoring the requests to stay in their vehicles... Have I taken this metaphor too far? Here are a few things to keep you entertained while you wait for "Triple A" to come with the jumpstart: 

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In 2017, Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge teamed up with scientists funded by Nike to pool their knowledge and resources into making him the first runner to complete a sub-two hour marathon. The National Geographic documentary, Breaking2, available on Disney+*, chronicles Kipchoge (and two other runners') first attempt and the extraordinarily precise athletic science that went into it. Once you've watched the documentary, watch this ten-minute clip all the way through, which literally left me in tears—Kipchoge is a true emblem of what can be accomplished through sports and teamwork. 

*I've never been a Disney person, so this was the last streaming service I anticipated subscribing to, but the Nat Geo content is pretty amazing! It should keep us plenty busy until Hamilton airs...

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The new HBO Max show Love Life, follows the progression of Darby Carter's (Anna Kendrick), well, love life, through serious relationships, hookups, and casual dates—from first love to last. It's completely adorable and highly bingeable, but my favorite part isn't her romantic relationships. It's Darby's friendship with her roommate Sara (Zoë Chao), as her no-bullshit wing woman. Watch it here. Bonus points if you can spot the cupcakes and cashmere blouse in the second episode (this is the top, and yes I screamed, "FALL 2017 LINE!" when I saw it).

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Even if you haven't read it, you've probably heard of Shane Bauer's historic article for Mother Jones, written about his experience as an undercover corrections officer at a privately held prison in Louisiana. His book, American Prison, expands on the article and weaves his personal experience as a guard with a history of the American prison system. His reporting draws a crystal-clear link between the emancipation of enslaved people and the widespread use of penitentiaries (watch this documentary, if you haven't yet). And his experiences—of understaffing, incompetent guards, and cruelty towards inmates—are eye-opening and enraging to say the very least. To put it less eloquently: It blew my mind to learn that penitentiaries as we know them are a surprisingly recent invention, and I can't shut up about it. 

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If you don't already follow Sophia Roe, stop what you're doing and follow her now. All set? Yay! Let's continue! Last week she blew my mind when she introduced me to Crispy Garlic Skin Salad, a way to repurpose the often discarded skins: "A quick toss in olive oil, and sea salt, and those skins will develop a sweet, super crispy, and chip-like texture that you’re going to LOVE!" I added mine to a homemade pizza, but can't wait to try them on salad. As my favorite shirt says (gifted to me by Natalie, who wrote the fantastic food waste post that came before this one!), Smash the Garlic and the Patriarchy

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My obsession with The Staves is well-documented in The List, and over the weekend, they went live on Facebook for a living room performance full of charming banter and beautiful harmonies. It was the perfect thing to put on in the background while making breakfast Sunday morning. I hope it brings you the same joy it brought me!

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1. "Why we need to talk about environmental racism." 

2. Watch Anderson .Paak's powerful music video, Lockdown (found via Lorem Ipsum).

3. "Dear white allies..."