Meanwhile, at Arkansas Life…

In this edition of our weekly-ish web series: Jordan Peele, Planet Earth II and podcasts

THINGS SENIOR EDITOR JORDAN HICKEY’S TURNING TO FOR INSPIRATION

The Book of Emma Reyes. This slim book has been on my to-read list for a while now (at least in part because of this essay the translator, Daniel Alarcon, published on LitHub)—however, when I saw that the LA Times book critic had named it her favorite book of the year … Well, that bumped it up a bit.

-New York Times Magazine. Regular readers may have noticed we’ve got something of an obsession with the The Gray Lady’s reliably gorgeous weekly. This insightful, amazingly well written profile of Jordan Peele? It’s a fine example why. 

-Moderation. After a few hectic weeks of long hours leading up to the holidays, we’ve been fortunate to have something of a lull in the production process to recuperate. For me, that’s meant taking those first tentative steps toward cutting my caffeine consumption, which has hovered in the pot-a-day category for far too long. 


THINGS ON PHOTOGRAPHER ARSHIA KHAN’S NIGHTSTAND

-A glowing pink himalayan salt lamp.

-A book (or two)—currently reading A Song of Trees (which is all kinds of delightful) and Mary Oliver’s Devotions.

-A candle that smells like the woods.

-A tiny hand-painted bowl filled with cashews or almonds, or sometimes a little dark chocolate.


THINGS KEEPING EDITOR KATIE BRIDGES MOTIVATED WHILE SHE’S TRAINING FOR A HALF MARATHON

Strava, which is a super-efficient way to track your progress but also a way to link into a support system that’ll hold you accountable.

The Nike Training Club app, which is like having a personal trainer in your iPhone. My current fave workouts: Jump Start and Ab Burner 2.0. (That last one: Yowza. To any and all who saw me at the gym trying to bang out that last set of “bear crawls,” I’m sorry.)

-Arcade Fire’s Everything Now album, which is my jam, my jelly, my peanut butter AND my peanuts.

Podcasts, which I listen to on my “long” runs. Currently in rotation: Willow Belden’s Out There, which “explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.”


THINGS IN ASSOCIATE EDITOR WYNDHAM WYETH’S NETFLIX QUEUE

-Dark: Often described as the “German Twin Peaks,” this supernatural thriller series looks equal parts spooky and spellbinding. But will it make me develop a craving for coffee and pie? We’ll see.

Planet Earth II: I was enraptured by the original Planet Earth when it was first released in 2006, so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the second installment of the gorgeous documentary about this world we call home.

-Mindhunter: Based on a true story, this series, produced and directed in part by David Fincher, follows two FBI agents as they interview serial killers in an attempt to learn how they think, hoping to apply the information to ongoing cases. Thinking I miiiiiiight have a little trouble sleeping after this one …

-Dave Chappelle: Equanimity + The Bird Revelation: Okay, these technically aren’t in my queue yet, but that’s because they’re coming out Dec. 31! I just recently got around to watching Chappelle’s first two specials for Netflix, and they were hysterical. So now I can’t wait for this second set to drop.