READ: “There was the author, Chad Harbach, who had spent a decade on a novel his friends thought he’d never finish…” I love The Art of Fielding; Vanity Fair has made available Keith Gessen’s fascinating Making Of article. | Sheila Heti interiews people about their “Twitter philosophies” at The Believer. | Brilliant profiles: of Edward St. Aubyn / of the poet Patricia Lockwood. | How not to review women’s writing. | Remember this: Is the LRB the best magazine in the world? I found the brilliant Love, Nina at Oxfam: it’s a book of letters Mary-Kay Wilmers’ nanny wrote home. | Miranda July: TV | Browsing through The Atlantic’s By Heart archive.
LOOK: Savory granola. | How to have a better lunch at your desk. | Beautiful new Japanese cafe in Dalston | Camille Bidault-Waddington on Instagram | Alphabet Journal Issue A is out; what an achievement by Luisa Brimble. A photo I took of Jude’s multigrain french toast is on the back cover. He always tries to the extend the bread for a day after I would have thrown it out. | Hannah invited me to do a Proust Questionnaire for the Benah blog, a narcissist’s dream come true. | A mix in 12 parts: Philip Glass mix. | Summer.
THINK: Consumed every podcast in iTunes with Andrew Solomon on it. How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are. | The Australian Bad Play. (Interesting on our conflict aversion, as a people.)
READ: “I put them together today—30 years of dried flowers—and I photographed them.” Interview with Sophie Calle. | Curtis Sittenfeld: Confessions of a prep-school feminist. | “… no girl grows up wanting to count bylines or to scour TV shows for signs of sexism.” | Pen names: Writing is hard enough without the sin of pride. | “This is the dream for poets, to be a poet when the Internet exists. Man! We got an opportunity!”
LOOK: Cried listening to how Andrew Solomon became a father. | And almost did again during this moving Radio National interview with Clive James. | Music from Text. | Zucchini fritters (not fried, meaning they’re almost easy enough to make). | Marina Abramović is coming to London. | Fatima Al Qadiri (an interview). | DELICIOUS BOX WINE!
THINK: “I was my daughter’s sole caregiver long enough to know that I was ready for it to be over.” (You dick, you dick!) | “All he had to do when he woke up, I thought at the time, was go to work.” | “Nothing will ever change if every woman who’s been shocked and scarred by childbirth, every woman who has felt rightfully broken by it, simply expresses gratitude for her living baby and closes the case.” | Public schools deserve support now more than ever. | The opposite of procrastination.
READ: “I think there is a strong relationship between writing and shame.” Ben Lerner | “Neurosurgery,” he smiles, “appealed to my sense of glory and self-importance.” | Paris Review: The Art of Screenwriting No. 4, Matthew Weiner. | Personal essays that “follow the infinitude of a private life toward the infinitude of public experience” | “…the unknown need not be turned into the known through false divination.” | After two significant operations and a long course of chemo, my ironman triathlete mum has been setting outrageous goals. | Ballet books were my favourite when I was young. Drina! Noel Streatfeild of course. Excited for Astonish Me (and Fallout, about the theatre).
LOOK: Stevie’s Weekend Lists | My prayers have been answered: BBC Radio 4 podcast In the Psychiatrist’s Chair. | Lemon chia almond bites. | Asparagus season! Grilled asparagus pasta (but I used wholemeal fusilli instead of orzo). | milkingAlmonds plantbased recipes. | Apiece Apart Maria shirred waist dress. | Battersea Flower Station.
THINK: I’m sick of Dead Girl Shows. | “What a sad state of affairs it is that people need to be reminded or instructed to read women.”
READ: “When the book was done and sent to her agent, she became immensely convivial for a few weeks.” | “Food, like sex, is very difficult to write about without descending into cliché or embarrassingly purple prose.” | Furler wrote Rihanna’s “Diamonds” in 14 minutes. | Bury the dead. | “The agony of labour is unbearably real, I felt it, but pain becomes immediately abstract once it has passed – possible to recall, impossible to re-feel.” (A whole episode of OTHERPPL dedicated to writers’ birth stories.) | Currently reading, late: Life After Life.
LOOK: Heide Museum of Modern Art in Kinfolk. My Sunday is named for Sunday Reed. | Apartment, Carlton North. | The weighing of the heart. | Leafy locks. | I made the Green Kitchen Stories frozen pink cheesecake for Easter. There’s a pic on my Instagram” @thejessicastanley. Nice, but it was a bit shown up by a beautiful victoria sponge someone else brought. I should’ve saved it for summer. | Season’s eatings. | “I’m satisfied that people are finding the strength of my work.”
THINK: It doesn’t matter whether the entity is a company, government or an individual, expenses cannot exceed income. | The liberal arts nanny. | HORMONES.