Frequent Fascinations: August 2018

Wow. It’s not only the end of another month, but it’s also practically the end of summer! I’ve even seen that Pumpkin Spice is starting to make its annual invasion. The rest of my summer breaks from college felt like they flew by but this break, my very last summer break, felt chock full of great projects, amazing adventures, and some lovely relaxation before I make my final push into senior year.

I’ve spent this week getting ready to fly out for fall quarter and next week, I’ll be working on getting settled into my new apartment, so if my posting schedule is a bit off for the next little bit, please forgive the slight delay. But don’t worry! I’ve got a lot of fun posts on the horizon that I am so excited to share with you all once everything is all set up.

In the meantime, it’s the last day of the month, so it’s time for my Frequent Fascinations, the lovely things that have brightened my August and are just too good to keep to myself. If you’ve missed any of my previous round-ups, check out all of my obsessions to date.

Battleground

Image Credit: Madison

This show was one of the very first political dramedies I had ever seen and made me hungry for more shows like it. It was Hulu’s first original scripted series, back before original shows on streaming services were even cool. I tripped over this around the time I was taking my first AP exam, in European History. As you can imagine, I was neck deep in study guides and practice essays and, unsurprisingly, that was around the time I started drinking coffee. To keep me sane through it all, I would watch about five minutes of this show for every half an hour that I studied. It made studying so much more enjoyable that I started to watch it during every subsequent study session for my other five AP exams and it became a tradition.

Despite the crazy late nights in college, I never really had a reason to use it during the last three years but something at the beginning of this month made me think about it so I rewatched it just because and it was even better than I remembered.

Nobody I’ve ever talked to about this show has heard of it but it is, hands down, the best show I’ve seen. It’s only one season, with 13 episodes, but each one is funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and inspiring. It’s a mockumentary that follows the campaign staff of Wisconsin State Senator Dierdre Samuels. The writing is so realistic, the acting so superb, the interactions so dynamic that I continuously have to double-check that it’s not an actual real documentary.

I cannot, cannot, cannot recommend this highly enough. I guarantee it is one of the best shows you will ever see.

Texture App

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I took an incredible magazine journalism class at the start of this year that opened my eyes to the fantastic writing going on in magazines nowadays. There is an independence and eloquence to the long-form articles in monthly issues that I feel explore current issues in a much more thorough and impactful way. However, I have the extra gene that means if
I subscribe to one magazine, I’ll subscribe to forty which is not the best for my bank account, the environment, or my constantly shifting addresses. So that’s why I’ve fallen in love with Texture.

Texture is a service somewhat like Netflix that allows you access to 200+ magazine subscriptions digitally for $9.99 a month (this is not sponsored, by the way, I just truly love this app so much). With it, I’ve been able to read a magazine every day and feel much more informed on what is going on in the political, cultural, and scientific landscape.

Hope Never Dies

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I was surprised by how many people hadn’t heard of this book when I posted how much I loved it on my personal Instagram account. I saw the cover for this in May and didn’t take it seriously but, flipping through it at my local bookstore, I realized that that was the point. The book is literally about our favorite BFFs, Obama and Biden, solving a murder mystery in a Trans Am. But it is so much more than that. It’s a portal away from the darkness of the current political climate to a heartwarming story about friendship and duty.

the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society

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I’m generally not a fan of historical fiction. It always seems forced to me, because most rely too heavily on significant events and figures to drive the story along. However, I love historical fictions that find a little nook and cranny in history to live, that display an every day, quiet side to an era, like “Call the Midwife,” a show I mentioned in my very first Frequent Fascinations. 

I read “The Truth According to Us” by one of the authors of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” Annie Barrows, a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it because it was that same smaller-scale approach to what life was like in a small town during New Deal America. With all the buzz about the movie adaptation of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” coming to Netflix, I decided to give it a try and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The plot follows Juliet Ashton, a writer who learns about a literary society formed on the island of Guernsey off the English Channel to protect themselves from the Nazi occupation during World War II. She goes to investigate the group, intrigued by their fascinating origin, and begins to write about them. The colorful cast of characters is delightful and the whole movie feels like a spot of tea on a gloomy Sunday afternoon.

Full disclosure: I have never read the novel on which the movie was based so I cannot speak to the quality of the adaption so if you have read the book and decide to watch the movie, please let me know what you thought!

The new Site Features

This month, I have been so pleased to be able to add an extra post a week and three new social media accounts for this site. I started the month off with a brand new logo and started a Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter for the site that I am trying my best to update and maintain in my spare time between other projects. I would love it if you would head on over and give them a follow, in addition to the site’s Facebook.

I’ve also begun a new weekly series called “In My Opinion” where I give you my take on a film, T.V. show, or book that explores women in history. So far, I’ve been focusing on books since so many intriguing titles have come out in the last month but, taking a look at the rest of the year, I’m excited to watch some new movies and television and report back. I always love to hear what other people are enjoying too, so please feel free to leave me a comment on the site or on any social accounts about what you are loving, or shoot me an email at thefoldingchairhistory@gmail.com.

I want to thank everyone who continues to read, like, and support the site. Sharing inspiring stories is my all-time favorite thing to do, and the fact that even a single person out there is reading makes me so thrilled.

Here’s to another splendid month ahead.

xo Elena

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