A bit of light relief after the last deep 'n' meaningful post - here's all the things my eyes & ears have been enjoying recently. If you have any recommendations for podcasts / books / music etc let me know in the comments!
We the People Live - Current affairs / politics debate show hosted by Josh Zepps; its one of the few podcasts in this vein that doesn't wind me up, as the conversation is usually respectful, balanced and non-hysterical.
Adam Buxton - Funny chatter with interesting people; I do at least one audible snort per episode. Plus Adam makes the best jingles hands-down.
The Comedian's Comedian - Not only for stand-up comedy nerds, the presenter (Stuart Goldsmith) has a knack for getting people to open up and there have been some cracker episodes (Reginald D Hunter was fascinating).
One Girl Band - New discovery, and one I'm really enjoying. It's geared towards female creative entrepreneurs, but has really useful tips on productivity, organisation and confidence in the workplace.
Philosophize This! - The host does a brilliant job of making philosophy accessible to non-academics.
Currently reading: Immortality by Milan Kundera - I'm loving this so much. Funny, sad, and so many "that's so true!" moments. Love it.
Recently finished: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (devastating), Stephen King's On Writing (loved - sparked my passion for writing again)
On my bedside table: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton. Will report back.
Websites / Blogs / tumblr etc...
Shot from the Street - Fashion blog from a fellow northerner. I love how creative her posts are, and her "week on 35mm" is an idea I'm blatantly going to pilfer.
Brain Pickings - The world is a better place with this website in it. Writers, thinkers, artists and their greatest works are explored in detail, it's easy to get lost in this site once you start reading.
Absintheminded Magazine - My go-to for visual inspiration. The photographs are beautiful.
Where's my Bubble? - Painfully relatable comics for fellow introverts / INFJ-types.
The Uterus Monologues - Jennie is one of my dearest friends and her writing about recurrent miscarriage and trying for a baby is so thoughtful and affecting, she is a huge inspiration. I highly encourage you to read some of her stuff because it's brilliant.