READ: “… within the space of what employees call The Property, the apathy of a hideously unfair world is suspended.” | The rules and hazards of presenting flowers in ballet. | The astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, living the dream of being a brain on a stick. | “[M]y women were interested in other things… their own lives and calling and politics and what they could give to life.” Margaret Drabble interviewed in the Believer. | “I wish you’d been raised by the new me,” she said more than once. | Envy: “I was falling for another writer, and I recognised my descent by its peculiar calling card: the fear of what I wanted.” | “There are mistakes of form and mistakes of content to be made in building a body of work. And for most of my life, I was unwilling to make a single one of them.”
LOOK: Hillary Del Ray. | London through the eyes of a New Yorker: cierva on Instagram. | missingfillmore on Instagram. | Lydia Davis: “This was not one of my own mother’s favorites.” | Nutrition Unplugged: what we’ll be seeing on Instagram in six months’ time. | Coconut red lentil soup. | Perfect lunch. | Bookmarking: Jarvis Cocker’s TV series about outsider art is in on YouTube. | C/O Journal. | I have never found Dan Stevens attractive before this episode of High Maintenance. (Don’t bother watching any of this series if you’re not ready; the great thing about any artistic product is that you can get to it in your own time and when you are receptive! Not just because everyone’s saying it’s a “must watch.”) | Of course I’ll sign up to Sheila Heti’s Pigeon.
THINK: Social media is not self-expression. | Black lives matter.
READ: Where do I write? All over the damn place: Elisa Albert | “…a watershed moment in my life, in labor and in such pain that I couldn’t care anymore what other people thought of me.” Meaghan O’Connell’s birth story. | When I was young nothing made me happier than seeing the word “trilogy.” As my local St Vincent’s charity shop worker carefully handwrites on each collected volume he sells, “3 books for the price of ONE.” This week I have found something even better, the holy grail: a NEW DETECTIVE SERIES. It’s Susan Hill’s Simon Serrailer series and there are seven of them already in print! It’s like PD James only only he’s an artist-policeman instead of Dalgliesh’s poet-policeman. I am only half way through the first one but it is perfect.
LOOK: 20 best slow food recipes: part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4. Cauliflower cake. | Brunchfastclub. | In London: Japanese vegetable box. | Violet Cakes on the Selby. | Composed: UK only for now: lets you stream classical music by composer or mood! | Watching The (Danish) Killing III on DVD box set like it’s 2006.
THINK: “I associate happiness with having a plan.” | What type of person gets to say they’re working on their novel without being laughed at?
READ: “It’s easy to deliver a hot take when someone puts themselves out there like that, a vulnerable chicken carcass that falls apart at the joints. Your argument is strong; you are right, the behavior was unflattering, maybe disgusting. It’s harder to say, “Hello, I am the disgusting person.” | Anna Holmes: “daring to honor my interior life…” | Uniforms: “If you too are a person for whom the idea of expressing yourself through clothes feels embarrassing or even just inefficient…” | The 34 houses on London’s Fournier Street. “French, Irish, Jewish, West Indian, Bangladeshi, gay, Protestant, Muslim, rich, poor, threadbare, glorious; home to atheists, artists, hedge fund managers, bookmakers, pharmacists, silk weavers, taxi companies and movie stars.” | 33 Artists in 3 Acts.
LOOK: The art of the Rose Bakery breakfast. | Aftertastes. | Wholy Goodness. | Vita’s Purple Border Collection. | New Mid Week Distractions on Miss Moss. | timkeypoet on Instagram. | Street style at Frieze London. | I put Grayson Perry’s Who Are You? on as background while Jude was cooking and I was giving Sunday her dinner. Suddenly we both said “this is amazing.” | RIP best pod Girls in Hoodies.
THINK: “The challenge of the feminist novel is that a novel has to tell a compelling story. The feminist ambition cannot override the narrative ambition, or one has not written a novel.” | The shame of poor teeth in a rich world.
READ: “… the way you make a great work of art is by imitating it, and in your failure to imitate, that is where the beauty in your work lies, and that is where genius lies.” | Reading Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton (this review of it is a bit boring. Simply clarifying a problem is hard enough work on its own without having to propose solutions to everything.) | Emma Cline reads her Paris Review story Marion / on adolescence, pen pals, and the Manson girls / hell yes I’ll be reading her book.
LOOK: Watching Australia’s The Code on BBC iPlayer! | The dirty girls. | Lena Dunham’s bookshelf. (They’re great books, okay.) | How to poach an egg. Perhaps I will be brave enough to attempt this soon. It is an idiotic personal cooking hurdle! | Pickled salmon and cucumber salad. | Almond butter blueberry cookies. | Caramel and macadamia cheesecake.
THINK: When a woman conceals the first trimester of pregnancy, who is she trying to protect? | “We need to ask, today perhaps more than ever, why men turn against women when it is their own masculinity that is threatened; why does assaulting a woman appear so often to be the best way to compensate masculine failing and distress.” | “What may seem like an agreeable quid pro quo looks different in the long run, when women age out of the system without any returns on the time they invested.”