The Wednesday Five

In this week’s Wednesday Five:

  1. Screenwriter Annie Mumolo on Life After Bridesmaids
  2. Can An App Teach Mindfulness?
  3. Samantha Bee Needs to Conquer the Political Conventions
  4. Eight Words That Led This Woman To Her Perfect (Male) Mentor
  5. Women’s Voices Archives — “Artist and Designer Susan Ritter Finds Beauty in the Natural World.”


Screenwriter Annie Mumolo on Life After Bridesmaids

In her 2011 review of the Oscar-nominated comedy Bridesmaids, our resident film-expert, Alexandra MacAaron, wrote:

“The success of Bridesmaids, critical and box office, can only help women in Hollywood. Judd Apatow and others have proven that there’s a huge market for gross-me-out raunchy comedy. Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, along with their talented cast, have proven that women can succeed in this fraternity, too.”

Julie Miller of Vanity Fair caught up with screenwriter Annie Mumolo some four years after the box-office hit. She was part of another hit film—on the life of Joy Mangano, the single mother turned Miracle Mop inventor, and has starred in several television productions, including NBC’s About a Boy, Transparent, The Boss, and Bad Moms. Of her ongoing role as screenwriter, she tells Miller:

“With acting, you show up, you work, and you go home,” Mumolo says. “You get paid two weeks later.” Writing, however, is another beast altogether: “The type of mental energy you need to write is different, especially with kids. You’re rarely ever able to focus on anything like that.”

Read the full story at Vanity Fair.




Can An App Really Teach Mindfulness?

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Recently, Jonathan Urla, our expert on fitness, wrote about the benefits of a simple practice of meditation:

“In my professional and personal life, I have always sought to optimize my performance and well-being. Research shows that meditation can re-wire your brain to be more efficient, help prevent disease, and even promote natural healing. For me, meditation is as essential as exercise for my health, both mentally and physically.”

And, for the many who still find meditation particularly challenging, enter Mark Wilson of Fast Company, who has tried to learn to meditate for over 20 years. Perhaps that’s why he exploited the latest technology — meditation apps and and virtual reality — to help him. And for good measure, he also went the old-fashioned route and asked a Buddhist to help him, in person. The results are a funny and poignant read on one person’s quest for solace in our advanced technological world. Wilson’s conclusion:

That said, I’m impressed at just how good the digital tools are. (I get why Headspace has raised tens of millions of dollars, and I’m still mulling a subscription.) But the even more surprising thing was what I learned from a Google Maps search. If I’m compelled, there are centers of meditation all around me, and people like Hakusho who will go out of their way to share their knowledge. No doubt, an app makes for a light commitment. But if you want to significantly change your life, there’s no replacement for warm hand to warm hand.

Read the full story at Fast Company.

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