October recommendations

directed by Bryan Fogel
Documentary/Netflix, 1hr and 58 minutes

When Filmmaker Bryan Fogel set out to make Icarus, his goal was to explore the depths of doping in pro-cycling. He never anticipated that one of the biggest stories in the world would land in his lap. Dust off your copies of 1984 and buckle up. Icarus is a miracle of a film and a warning sign to the world.

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again
by David Foster Wallace
Essay, 56 pages

The title essay in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again is as accessible and essential as David Foster Wallace gets. What begins as a light-hearted recap of his experience on a luxury cruise ends up becoming a poignant and hilarious examination of the price we pay for happiness. *This piece first ran in Harpers as an article called Shipping Out: On the (nearly lethal) comforts of a luxury cruise. For quick (and free) access, we've linked the PDF version here

Our Minds Can Be Hijacked
by Paul Lewis
The Guardian feature, ~15 minutes

How do our brains process a single glance at our phones? This Guardian article exposes the ways in which notifications and app mechanics have been refined to hijack the way we think. Moreover, it explores the disturbing consequences that are brewing because of it. As Lewis argues, "If the attention economy erodes our ability to remember, to reason, to make decisions for ourselves – faculties that are essential to self-governance – what hope is there for democracy itself?”

Francis Mallmann, Chef’s Table, Season 1 ep. 3
directed by Clay Jeter
Netflix docuseries episode, 50 minutes

This hour-long profile of an extraordinary chef in Patagonia isn’t just about food. The stand-out episode of Netflix’s Chef’s Table reveals a modern day philosopher king who lives as purposefully as he cooks. 

Thanks for being part of the project,

Ben, Max, and Nick

Ben Brostoff