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BOOKS Not to be one of those fans, but I read “A Song of Ice and Fire” — AKA the “Game of Thrones” books — long before the TV series came out. When they first announced the show, I was really excited. These books will suck you right in. Even if you’ve watched the TV show, “A Song of Ice and Fire” is still worth reading. I don’t read too much fiction these days, but I love good self-help books. If you want a read that will help you improve yourself, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is a classic. There’s a reason this book as sold over 25 million copies since it was first published in 1989. The strategies in this book are geared to help anyone become a more effective, well-rounded person. PODCASTS I really like “The Tim Ferriss Show,” a podcast from best-selling author Tim Ferriss. His whole thing is cutting the fat out of learning and teaching people how to pick up new skills quickly. He often covers business and marketing, but in many episodes, he gets into health and biohacking. Ferriss is a jack-of-all-trades. Each episode features guests who range from international celebrities to people you’ve never heard of before, but they’re all top experts in their field. Another podcast I enjoy is called “Hardcore History.” It’s awesome. The host, Dan Carlin, only puts out an episode once every nine months, but each episode is five hours long. They’re really more like audiobooks, and they cover the most intense parts of human history, both ancient and modern. Carlin did a great series on the clash between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany during World War II that’s unbelievable. If you like history, you’ll love this show.
We’re just getting into the summer, and my plans this year mostly involve staying inside. Let’s be honest: Texas summers are brutal. This month, I want to share a few of my favorite movies, books, and other media you can enjoy inside until the weather cools down in the fall. MOVIES “Rushmore” is a Wes Anderson movie, so it’s very artsy and quirky, which is his style. It’s about a high school kid who’s both an overachiever and an underachiever. Like any Wes Anderson movie, “Rushmore” is strange, funny, and a little hard to explain. Another quirky sort-of comedy is “Lost in Translation.” Set in Tokyo, the movie stars Bill Murray (who also plays a main character in “Rushmore”) as an aging film star who’s in Japan to film commercials. He meets a young woman, played by Scarlett Johansson in one of her first major roles. They’re both unhappy people, but in their short time together, they develop an interesting relationship. It’s not necessarily a romance, but it tugs at the heart. The funny thing about this movie is that even though the characters don’t want to be in Japan, watching it always makes me want to visit Tokyo. I’ve never been, and it looks like a truly one-of-a-kind place. TELEVISION SHOWS At this point, “Game of Thrones” is an obvious recommendation, but it’s too good not to include. The first seasons are near perfect, and though it got weird once the show passed the books it’s based on, I still highly recommend it. There are some stretches of episodes that are mostly talking and getting characters where they need to be for the plot, but once things start to go down, it gets wild. If you somehow never watched the show, I have good news: You can now binge-watch the entire series. The last episode aired in May, and I’m still not over it. To be honest, I don’t watch a lot of TV shows, but I’m always excited to tune into college basketball, especially my alma mater, the University of Virginia (the 2019 national champs!). Sorry to the Texas Tech fans out there, but I will say that y’all have a great team and Virginia had to play their best game of the tournament to (barely) beat you for the championship.
As a doctor, I’m a big supporter of being active and spending time outside in the sunshine. But when the temperature is reaching 100 degrees outside, you have my permission to hang out inside and listen to a new podcast. –Dr. Seth Evans
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