3 Things: Cheryl Strayed, Roy Wood Jr, and Parkageddon / by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. Feel free to spread the word and share these emails with friends. If you're checking this out for the first time, you can see the archive and sign up to get these emails here.

 Upcoming shows

The latest episode of The Payoff is about travel tips and consumer rights. We talk about the whole United fiasco, but also the many ways customers can stand up for themselves with Laura Lyons Cole from Consumer Reports.  Link

As always, all episodes of You're the Expert are online for your listening pleasure.  Link

TOMORROW Sunday, April 23rd at 4:00 p.m. at the Brattle Theater. I'll be hosting You're the Expert live with Aparna Nancherla, Jo Firestone, and Marina Franklin. Our guest is an actual MacArthur genius and it's going to be incredible. Only about 10 tickets left! Link

Saturday, April 29th at 7:30 p.m. at The Magnet Theater.  I'm the monologuist for The Armando Diaz Experience. I tell stories and then NYC's funniest improvisers make up scenes based on them. This show is always incredible and you should come. Link

Thursday, May 4th at 9:00 p.m. at UCB East. I'm telling jokes on Fresh Out! a great standup show hosted by the hilarious Ashley Brooke Roberts and Jim Tews. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Cheryl Strayed wrote a bestselling memoir, Wild, and Reese Witherspoon played her in the movie. But Chery's success is also built on her honest, heartfelt advice. Tim Ferriss interviewed her about her career and the lessons she wished she'd known as a younger writer and artist. Full disclosure: it's a very long podcast and I don't love Tim Ferriss (4-hour diet, 4-hour workweek, maybe try a different time unit once in a while?), but the section that resonated with me and I'd recommend is about "the gift of failure." It's 9 minutes long, from about an hour and 21 minutes in until 1:30:00. How to Be Creative Like A Motherf*cker - Cheryl Strayed (h/t Mollie)

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Roy Wood, Jr. is unbelievably funny. If you have a chance to go to one of his shows, take it. Roy is about to be too famous for you to afford tickets anymore. He's killing it onThe Daily Show and his new special, Father Figure, is extraordinary. You can get the special on iTunes or watch some clips here. Roy was a guest on Colbert to promote the show and their conversation was great. Roy Wood Jr. Casts Doubt On Trump's Claim That 'Black People Love Me'

1 Interesting Thing:

You know those trick drawings that have a hidden message in the clouds or the leaves of a tree? It's invisible until someone points it out to you and then you can't stop seeing it. That's how I've felt after reading this article in The Economist about parking lots. I'd never thought twice about them but now I see how where we decided to leave our cars has profoundly changed all of our lives. You'll never look at an empty spot the same way. Parkageddon: How not to create traffic jams, pollution, and urban sprawl

Have a great weekend,