Welcome to Commuter Cravings—our semi-regular list of recommendations for commute entertainment from the team here at Convene. Whether you get to work by car, train, boat, or your own legs, we’ve got something to keep your mind occupied.
New York City
Commute: Subway, R from Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan
I’m reading a book on the theory of relativity—the simplified, laymen version so I can understand it. It’s really cool, it’s blowing my mind about the physical world around us.
The book is called Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified, by Richard Wolfson
I watched that movie Interstellar a few weeks ago and got all tripped out about how time changes based on how fast you’re traveling—the closer you get to the speed of light, the more drastic the changes get. If I get in a spaceship and blast off at the speed of light, what would be an hour for me could be like 50 years on Earth. It’s basically time travel.
I read about how researchers took two atomic clocks and put one on an airplane and flew it around the world. They found that the two clocks were off from each other, because one was moving at a faster speed—so time is relative to motion, it’s just crazy.
Commute: Car, the 10 from Venice to DTLA
I’m listening to Dax Shepard’s podcast, The Armchair Expert, on my commute right now. It’s very L.A. —basically just interviews with all his famous friends, asking them about their lives and careers.
I listened to the Jimmy Kimmel episode, and I wasn’t really a huge fan of him to start, but I came out of the episode with a whole new appreciation, not only for him, but how hard his job is. The best part of the podcast is it makes these people we see and hear about all the time seem very real and very human. So many of the podcast guests have noted that no matter the level of their fame or wealth, they still have the very basic struggles that every single one of us has. It’s comforting in a way.
New York City
Commute: Subway, A/C from Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan
I’m a subway reader, and whenever I can, I prefer to read from print instead of my phone (too many distractions, plus I stare at a screen all day at the office). So oftentimes, I’ll hold off on reading a magazine article everyone is talking about until I can find the print copy somewhere.
For the last two weeks, I’ve been searching all over for the latest GQ so that I can read the interview Caity Weaver did with Tiffany Haddish (you wouldn’t think GQ would be a hard magazine to find, but I went to four different pharmacies and three newsstands and no one had it. Finally found it at the Hudson News in Penn Station).
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Tiffany Haddish in a movie, but this interview is a must read. Weaver took her out on a whale watching trip, and the whole entire boat falls in love with her. Oh, and she tells a story about being at a party where someone bitBeyoncé’s face. Seriously.
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