READ: The Glass Essay by Anne Carson | Mary Beard: The public voice of women. | When a (comparatively) carefree blackgirl wins an Oscar. | Emily Gould: How much my novel cost me. I liked finding out that this, which sounds so natural, took months to write. I also like it because there’s hater fuel in there. She squandered a small fortune. Her boyfriend paid off her credit card. These days it’s braver to say that kind of stuff than it is to admit to… (I don’t know, whatever it used to be scary to say in personal essays). | Steve Roggenbuck’s MFA.
LOOK: Anabela’s favourite yoga and meditation apps. | Noisli. | Enjoying Ana Kinsella’s A week’s clicks. | Happy birthday Fashion Abecedaire!
THINK: Normcore: “letting go of the need to look distinctive.” | Peer pressure no longer exists because peers no longer exist. | Television is not the new novel. Television is the old novel. | Regret is the perfect emotion for our self-absorbed times. | On boring, inaccessible theatre. | Australians “find something cathartic about this official form of violence.” | Parental anxieties and stress about technology are “devastating and destructive.”
READ: The love affair between Elizabeth Bowen and Charles Ritchie. “If she ever thought that she loved me more than I did her, she is revenged.” | On not going home. | Mavis Gallant: “Had she lived some other way, she would not have been the writer that she was.” | “Never trust a fart. Never pass up a drink. Never ignore an erection.” A man in his 90s. | “Reading widely and deeply is crucial… but knowing every important work of literature, if you want to be a novelist, is not required and could even hinder things.” Rachel Kushner’s By the Book. | How to be popular. | I put together a reading list for soon-to-be mothers. (I can’t believe Sunday is six months old. Some photos of her new bedroom.)
LOOK: At least four cups a day of Campbell’s Perfect Tea. | I can’t wait to watch The Broken Shore. | The Macrobiotic Plate. | Strumming music.
THINK: Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. | Anna Krien: the “seemingly contrary mix of uncertainty and confidence” of good longform journalists. | Your memory rewrites the past and edits it with new experiences.
READ: “I suppose I’m admitting that those people who call young-adult readers “childish” are onto something. It’s just not the pure desire for regression they pompously diagnose. It’s a desire for stories substantial enough to withstand the ages…” | What romance really is. | On turning 30. | “We have a saying in the Alexander Technique: the opposite of wrong is also, sometimes, wrong.” | On the art of rejection. | Seizure’s ALT TXT: “the writing’s presence as a somewhat archaic medium when you could be trawling Reddit for something way more instantly gratifying.” | I blogged: What no one tells you about motherhood (Sunday is now five months old.)
LOOK: A story, weather permitting. | Rhea Thierstein, Tim Walker’s set designer and prop stylist. | Beautiful plant-filled loft. | The home of French stylist Aurélie Lécuyer, her blog Le Dans La. | Standard Moves.
THINK: How to develop an attraction to good people. | “Everyone is so scared to speak right now.” | The chemicals in natural foods. | An hour spent on one kind of task is not necessarily the equivalent of an hour spent on another.
I always start each READ.LOOK.THINK. with a photo of mine, and I have been so slack with my camera recently I have almost run out. So here is a picture from a few months ago of some of the books in Sunday’s room. I’ve been collecting them with great happiness, long before she was born or even conceived, one at a time from Oxfam. Imagine my horror though when I (she) got given a Mr Men book for Christmas and it said on the back “Age 3+.” Are you serious? 2.5 years to go and she’ll only want me to read her Mr Men? This is a real blow.
And here is READ.LOOK.THINK. No first person essays by wordy women in this one. Were there none around or am I just bored of them?
READ: On the art of rejection. | Travel is sad because what we see doesn’t include us. | Goal posts. | Nancy Kerrigan v Tonya Harding, seared on my young 90s memory along with the attack on Monica Seles.
LOOK: California barley bowl. | Small Spells mugs and planters. | Chocolate avocado pudding. | INTERNET POETRY. | Wood saved from London’s “fallen giants.” | 1942 time capsule apartment discovered in Paris. Like Fabrice’s grandmother in Love in a Cold Climate: “If, in the third drawer of that bureau there is a filigree box containing a small gold key on a black velvet ribbon, this house belongs to me.” | Parisian oyster party.
THINK: Body atlas reveals where we feel happiness and shame. | Deliberate nonconformity shows that you can handle some ridicule because you’ve got social capital to burn. | Content strategy: the news versus the archive. | Scientific proof of one of my Dad’s favourite sayings: “you’re not nervous, you’re excited.”