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.
Favourite activities: being thrown dangerously in the air, touching her mum and dad’s face and having her hands eaten, putting her dummy in and taking it out of her own mouth like she’s smoking a cigarette, playing with her rubber duck in the bath, shrieking like a pterodactyl then laughing at her own sound, pulling down the cover and peering out of her pram when she’s supposed to be asleep.
Now Sunday is nearly five months old.
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.”