3 Things: Glynnis MacNicol, the Found Footage Festival, and Carolyn Johnson / by Chris Duffy

Happy Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my upcoming shows, one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting.

Upcoming Shows

The current episode of You're the Expert features NY Department of Sanitation's anthropologist-in-residence Dr. Robin Nagle. Robin talks trash with panelists Maeve Higgins, Dylan Marron, and Gary Richardson. Link

Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. at National Geographic. I'm doing a live taping of You're the Expert with panelists Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, Bowen Yang, and Dr. Jennifer Lopez. Link

Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at UCB East Village. I'm telling a story on David Martin's always excellent Nights of Our Lives comedy show. Link

Sunday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Caveat. It's the final You're the Expert taping of 2018. If you've been meaning to come see a live show, don't miss this one because it's your last chance! Featuring Hari Kondabolu and more. Link

As always, you can find my schedule with all upcoming dates online here.

This week’s list

Before I get into this week's 3 Things, please do me and yourself an enormous favor and register to vote. If you are already registered, please make sure that your friends and family are too! Deadlines are coming up in the next couple days for a bunch of states. 

Don't give up! Find small moments of joy and hope and remember that changing big structural issues in society is going to be hard work. If it was easy, someone would have already done it. With that in mind, here are some pockets of beauty and laughter that I have been hanging on to. 

Glynnis MacNicol's book No One Tells You  opens with Glynnis about to turn forty years old, without a husband or a baby. The world tells her that she's supposed to feel bad about her situation, but she doesn't. This leads to her memoir trying to create "a blueprint for how to be a woman alone in the world." It's about carving out a life for yourself, that you choose, rather than that's chosen for you. The book is fantastic. I found myself literally cheering out loud for Glynnis at the end of some chapters. Here's an excerpt from chapter one. 

The Found Footage Festival is a repository of the weirdest, most hilarious DVDs and VHS tapes that have been found in thrift stores or donation bins. Enjoy some of my favorites like Facercise or Rock Vocals. Or dig through the archives yourself! (h/t Andrea Amiel for this gem)

Carolyn Johnson has the story of a possible cure for paralysis in The Washington Post. She's one of my favorite science reporters and if you've been feeling like all news is bad news, this is the antidote. "Kelly Thomas woke up in a Florida hospital four years ago with no recollection of the car accident that had robbed her of the ability to walk." Today, an experimental therapy means she can walk on her own. Paralyzed People Are Beginning to Walk With a New Kind of Therapy

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