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The List: A Must-Read Fall Book (Plus My New Go-To 20 Minute Workout!)

Our Editor's guide to the best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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Bikes in Santa Barbara

Bikes in Santa Barbara

This weekend, I took a quick trip with Jonah and my friend Alice Ann and her husband, to visit some friends in Santa Barbara. We only spent a night there, but after spending all day Saturday wine tasting in the Funk Zone and capping off the night with a concert, it felt like a true refreshing mini-vacation, in a land where everything looks like the set of a Nancy Meyers comedy. Here's what else I'm loving this week:


I recently went to one of Karen Lord's pilates classes in Venice (it's on ClassPass!) after the founder of Agent Nateur recommended it so highly in last week's post on natural deodorant. As promised, it was a fantastic class, and since I can't make it there regularly, I was thrilled to find a guided class of hers online. My favorite thing about this 'Perfect Morning Workout' is how slowly Karen eases you into it, with some easy stretches and child's poses, interspersed with more challenging static poses. It's the perfect thing for when I want to get in a quick morning workout, but don't have the time to drive to a class. 


Told from the perspective of three members of a love triangle, If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim is an epic love saga set in the middle of the Korean War in the 1950s. While I'm not usually drawn to wartime dramas, this one is so beautifully written that it instantly transports you to a world and culture I knew almost nothing about prior to reading the book, but miss now that it's over. 

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In a recent Man Repeller article, Victoria Storm wrote about the importance of having a collection of things to go to at the end of a bad day, and how to create one. She writes, "Your Mental Health Shelf is a place—physical or imaginary—filled with books, movies and music you return to over and over, for comfort, knowledge or pleasure... You get to slip into a world where taste doesn’t matter and be entertained by something without caring if it’s cutting edge or makes a profound cultural statement." It made me think about creating my own 'mental health shelf,' a mix of physical items and actions. Here are the mental health 'shelf' items that never fail to improve my mood: This American Life or Ted Radio Hour podcasts (I love you, Ira and Guy), guided runs on the Nike Running App, SATC, Headspace guided meditations, a glass of white wine, a new book. What are yours? 


I, like basically everyone else, love The Beatles (I also very firmly believe they're the best band to ever exist, that Abbey Road is their best album, and that I've Just Seen a Face is their most under-rated song, but I digress...). GQ recently published a fantastic interview with Paul McCartney that's chock-full of Beatles gossip, and fun facts about the songs we all love. It's at times raucous—'Why Don't We Do It in the Road' is inspired by monkeys, ahem, doing it in the road—but also refreshingly candid. Whether you know every word to the White Album or couldn't care less about the band (wait, what?), it's worth reading about what Paul calls his "vast panoply of a wonderful legendary tapestry, life." Read the full article here, and listen to his new album here (and watch this insanely heartwarming Carpool Karaoke episode if you haven't already!). 

P.S., If you're in L.A.... This event on 'the intersection of gender and LA’s restaurant culture' at the Skirball museum looks interesting! And fans of Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally might be interested in this event. Reformation is also having a sample sale this week in Beverly Hills, and I'll be heading to this new Danish sandwich shop ASAP... 

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