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The Futur's Finds #26

Latin America's street food scene, apps to help you fast (and sleep fast), and more.

Happy October, and welcome back to The Futur's Finds!

We've made the collective decision to bid adieu to the weekly themes (for now, at least). We want to share only the good stuff with you all, and not miss out on what's happening on the Internet.

With that, please enjoy this week's list! We've got some great book recommendations, apps to help your overall health, and a metal playlist in case you needed that.

Oh yeah, if you're in the US, make sure you're registered to vote!

Books of the week

  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh - A young, pretty, recent Columbia graduate works an easy job at a hip art gallery, and lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for by her inheritance. But inside, she doesn't really feel like things are alright. So, she decides to embark on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in search of something...well, we're not sure. In this darkly comic, compassionate novel, Moshfegh shows us how important (and necessary) time alone can be.
  • Funny on Purpose by Joe Randazzo - There's something we can all learn from comedians: confidence, boldness, storytelling—the list goes on. While Funny on Purpose is meant to be former Onion editor Joe Randazzo's funny and insightful blueprint to launch a career in comedy, we think there's much more to learn in here, especially if you're a creative professional.


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Living room cover full of houseplants.

Articles to read

  • Earlier this year, you may have picked up a new hobby or two. But if there's one that takes the cake, it's being a Plant Parent. This article shows how houseplants aren't just for brightening up our homes— they give us that sense of control we haven't felt for a while.
  • As more companies make the switch to digital and operate remotely, community is more vital than ever. How can this be achieved successfully? And how can marketers leverage communities into their strategies? Read this article from Entrepreneur to find out.


What to watch

  • Take a tour of some of Latin America's best Street Food, and meet the chefs bringing their own unique flavors and backgrounds to the table. Netflix's Street Food: Latin America won't just make you drool; it'll open your eyes to the rich culture behind each dish.
  • Up-and-coming cartoonist Keef Knight is on the cusp of a big break, until a run-in with the police completely changes his perspective on life and his art. Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, Hulu's Woke follows Keef as he navigates new ideas, challenges, and voices, without ruining what he's built so far.
  • In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the Internet where people could share and exchange knowledge. But unfortunately, this vision was overcast by the dark side of how it could turn out. In this TED Talk, Jaron shares how we can all undo the “globally tragic, astoundingly ridiculous mistake” our digital culture has created.

Cover art for the Dissect Podcast from Spotify.

Listen while you work

Podcasts

  • Ever wanted to learn the story behind some of your favorite songs? Listen to Dissect, a Spotify original diving deep into some of the most popular albums like Beyonce's Lemonade, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN., and Childish Gambino's Because of The Internet.
  • Have you heard? We hit the 100 episode milestone on The Futur podcast this week! To celebrate this record-breaking moment, we invited members from our community to join us on Zoom for a live Q&A with Chris Do and Greg Gunn. Listen to the candid and insightful conversation here.


Music


Apps to check out

  • For those nights you just can't seem to stop tossing and turning, check out the Relax Melodies app. Create your own track to help you doze off into dreamland faster, sleep better, and wake up feeling more rested.
  • Intermittent fasting is the latest wellness trend to take over the Internet. Whether you're looking reach a certain health goal, manage weight, or just see what all the hype is about, check out the Zero app.

And finally, a quote to keep in mind throughout the week

“You got to take the bitter with the sweet.” ― Carole King