If you know anything about the Winning Edits team, it’s that we love our media—and we love sharing it with each other, and with our audience too. After all, crafting amazing content experiences for our clients is what we do, and being inspired by awesome media helps provide the creative spark that keeps those content experiences fresh and compelling.
Whether it’s our monthly Off the Shelf column, in which we share the best books and articles we’ve been poring over, or Season 2, Episode 7 of the Hyperlink Podcast, where we dive into a selection of incredible TV shows, podcasts, and other media that’s been tickling our fancy as of late, it seems like we’re never short of great media inspiration.
This week, we’re keeping the media recs coming with a few more items that are just burning a hole in our brains. Without further ado, we hope you’ll find something to be inspired by here—in fact, we’re pretty sure you will.
Music That Inspires
Revival by Eminem
Heard by Matt Gartland, CEO at Winning Edits
Eminem’s ninth LP, Revival, is a masterfully composed collection of songs that explore a side of the often poetic, often profane artist we might have not seen before: unbracingly wholehearted and emotionally poignant vulnerability. Juxtaposed with patented rhythmic wit, Revival is an album to be inspired by.
For your earholes: Revival.Eminem.com
“Tonya Harding” by Sufjan Stevens
Heard by Ray Sylvester, Editor at Winning Edits
Sufjan Stevens sees beauty in the places we don’t often look, or are too afraid to look. In the song “Tonya Harding,” Stevens crafts a portrait of heartbreak through a sympathetic lens. “It’s utterly beautiful,” says Sylvester. And it really, truly is. If you listen while you ice skate, you get bonus points.
For your earholes: Sufjan.com
Desert Island Reads
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Read by David Grabowski, Production Editor at Winning Edits
Six stories spanning time, space, and genre about six people who are reincarnations of the same soul. That’s the basic conceit of Cloud Atlas, a novel that explores the universality of human nature. “It’s a reminder that a single lifetime is really just a blink,” says Grabowski. “There will be more stories after me—which I think would be a nice reminder if I were actually stuck on a desert island.”
For your eyeballs: DavidMitchellBooks.com
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Read by Sara Jane Hess, Production Designer at Winning Edits
Debut novelist Brit Bennett intricately weaves a tale of mystery, love, and the connections we so earnestly seek. “The development of the three main characters as they move through life and make hard decisions, experience profound losses, and work to understand themselves is a quiet but formidable force,” says Hess, who is a quiet but formidable force for us at Winning Edits.
For your eyeballs: BritBennett.com
TV & Film That Reveals New Perspectives
The Good Place
Watched by Mindy Holahan Peters, Senior Web Producer at Winning Edits
One of the funniest shows on television without a doubt. Plus, at its core, it’s about what it really means to be a good human, religion and philosophy and cultural norms aside. “The Good Place uses a sitcom to present topics in moral philosophy (and to remind me why one philosophy college course was more than enough),” muses Holahan Peters. A perspective that is needed now more than ever.
For your eyeballs: Hulu.com
Seen by David Grabowski
The best stories are ones that evoke introspection and thought, that create space for deep levels of empathy, that remind us of the resiliency and beauty of humankind. “What the show does best is to identify the primary struggle of Queen Elizabeth II: remaining relevant in a fast-changing, modern world,” comments Grabowski. “I felt a sense of sadness watching this old and venerable institution falter and struggle as the young queen tries to hold her head up through marital and familial strife and national crises.”
For your eyeballs: Netflix.com
Seen by Ray Sylvester
Part horror, part psychological thriller, and whole commentary on how truly grotesque we can be. Get Out is as justified and beautiful as it is terrifying. “I hope more movies like this one keep being made that encourage us to pull down our blinders about race and racism in America,” says Sylvester.
For your eyeballs: iTunes
Podcasts in Our Craw
Airplane Mode by Away
Heard by Non Wels, Integrated Solutions at Winning Edits
Why do we travel? To explore new places? For the new perspectives? Because we just can’t get enough of that fresh airplane cabin air? Airplane Mode by Away answers these questions (well, some of them anyway). We all travel. And in our travels, we choose to experience new cultures and ideas. Airplane Mode is a podcast that explores these universal stories.
For your earholes: AwayTravel.com/airplanemode
You, Me, Empathy
Heard by Matt Gartland
A new podcast, created by one of our own: Non Wels. You, Me, Empathy is about exploring our mental health struggles and creating a safe, judgment-free space to embrace vulnerability and empathy with each other. That’s how we learn. That’s how we grow. That’s how we connect.
For your earholes: YouMeEmpathy.com
Spinning and Perusing
Cozied up to Sara Jane Hess
“I love to spin either of Michael Kiwanuka’s records (Home Again or Love & Hate) and read Monocle magazine,” says Hess. Listening to records. Reading up on current affairs. Sara Jane is in the running for Winning Edits’ resident Wes Anderson character.
For your cozy days: MichaelKiwanuka.com and Monocle.com