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Hump Day Recommendations: Son of the Bride, Tim Bengel, Atomic Habits, What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind

Watch: “Son of the Bride” — Argentinian filmmaker Juan José Campanella is best known for “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which won the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Picture. But my favorite Campanella film is this comedic drama about a son helping his father plan a Catholic wedding for his mother with dementia. Keep a tissue handy, and enjoy the superb performances of Argentine legends Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, and Norma Aleandro. — Carlos

Appreciate: Art by Tim Bengel – A friend visited me recently from Esslingen, Germany, where I once lived, and she showed me a video of a local man, Tim Bengel, making the most extraordinary images with sand and gold leaf. I love that a young man from a medieval town in Germany is — in his own way — revolutionizing the way art can be created and consumed. Take a look. — Tracy

Read: “Atomic Habits,” by James Clear – I don’t read “self-help books,” but I read this one because I liked its promise that “tiny changes” in habit can yield surprisingly positive results for a person’s health, well-being, and work. This book, based on years of extensive research on the human behavior that determines how small habits – healthy and unhealthy – are formed and can be broken, makes for a thought-provoking read. – Willis

Read: “What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind” – There’s an influx of material every year around the 9/11 anniversary, much of it moving. Last year, The Atlantic’s Jennifer Senior wrote this piece about a boy she once knew, and the spiral of grief created in the wake of his death on 9/11. The circumstances around Bobby’s death were remarkable, but the message of this piece is eerily relatable: people grieve in very different ways. Jennifer won a Pulitzer for this masterpiece. – Gabrielle


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