READ: Bad writer. | “Before you commit to writing as a career, make sure you’re not simply agoraphobic or depressed…” / “Everything seems as blunt and eccentric and knowing as an email written at white heat: a mode of address that assumes it’ll all be understood—and if not, then fuck you.” | “My least favorite received idea about writing is that one must find one’s voice, as if it’s there inside you, fully formed and ready to turn on like a player piano. A voice is what emerges from an informed intelligence as it reaches toward accurate perception.” / “… my envy focuses not necessarily on writers whose work I admire, but on those whose performance of the writer’s life I find convincing.” | “My mother was apparently cleaning one day, and she found the writing and wrote, “Very good,” and put it back.” | “I wanted to exercise a discipline that made demands of my body rather than my cortex.” | Cried. | The Mothers sounds exciting (“I don’t know what to do with good white people.”)
LOOK: Making Gay History podcast. | French spies! (Netflix in US, Amazon in UK). | Perfect Hillary poster. / Favourite US election podcasts. | I urgently require this incredibly expensive, beautiful water filter?
THINK: Housekeeping as an accomplishment and an act of love. | “What is always striking about the owners of taste is how aggressive they feel they have to be in proving they are right. It is a sadomasochistic contract: I know what is good, and therefore if you disagree you are clueless or worse.” | “In a sense, she is daring voters to study her positions, listen to her answers and not look to her for entertainment or emotional impact.” | It’s not in your head: new study links birth control to depression. | Feel it, show it, label it, watch it go.
READ: “What happens when a dancer is denied the ability to labor? How we endure this insult becomes all we have left of our beauty.” | My son, the prince of fashion. | Seeing stars by Alex Ronan. | The novelist disguised as a housewife. | Right before the H&M show, the woman dressing Nef had given her a long look and said, “Are you a model? You’re a little uglier and fatter than the other girls.” | Web Safe 2k16 and memories of the pre-broadband Internet. | The clean. | Was Ma a bitch?
LOOK: Still Processing. | British Vogue documentary / What I see in the mirror by Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman. | The perfect London house. | Meals that can cook unheeded throughout children’s bath and bedtime and emerge, perfect, in time for Bake Off: Cook Simple / Anna Jones’ traybakes. / Rachel Roddy’s vegetable bake. | Baked spinach rice. | I do sort of wish this was a blog rather than a cookbook but obviously my copy is ORDERED. | Staff meals. | #GRWM. | The first hundred Penguin books. | London’s female drag queens.
THINK: What ‘boyfriend’ clothes are really selling. | “I just really couldn’t deal with it. But when it was just a perfect little black horse, it was just everything I’d dreamed of.” | “The irony is that the middle-class focus on doing well as individuals helps to consolidate the success of the group as a whole, while the relative working-class emphasis on solidarity can serve to increase tension and frustration between individuals.” | “I tried Hillary Clinton’s diet and now I sympathize with her” <3 / “Anticipating a lot of attention, she instructed the team to be ready by the phones…”
I don’t know whether it’s summer or pregnancy but the only things I want to do are watch Great British Bake Off and read about Glossier. Tweet me any blogs you like that I might like?
READ: “… I am just a cleaner, a cook, a disgruntled odd-job man: My daughters create themselves.” | More Cusk: “… she perhaps views maternal ambivalence as a somewhat grotesque luxury.” | A short story by Curtis Sittenfeld. | “Here you are, in some sense, bearing the burden of her decision to remain anonymous. Are you tiring of being the “face of Ferrante”?” | Currently reading: The Pigeon Tunnel | Liked reading: Should you leave? | The Vegetarian.
LOOK: Beautiful Australia, beautiful Australian art on Instagram: @francesbgrant. | The London Review of Looks. | We got an ice cream maker?! Made Blackberry and fig leaf ice cream. | Jam cake recipe for any seasonal fruit. | Gardeners’ Question Time pilau. | For using up egg whites. | I Love Dick on Amazon (some misgivings).
THINK: A metric. | “Growing paranoid is easy when, because of your gender, people really are out to get you.” Fear of a female president. | “We’re the only plane in the sky.” | Scam today before today scams you.
READ: Love in translation. | “Which of these two people sounds like she has an inner life, by virtue of which she requires some outer protection?” | Monstrous births: pushing back against empowerment in childbirth. / “… a profound, frightening, exhilarating, transformative experience at the boundary of life, an experience from which one comes back a different person.” | “There was an aliveness in me of a kind I’d only ever experienced intermittently. I was physically very fit, and perhaps for the first time I felt my external environment was an expression or a continuation of my inner world, there was no dissonance, no fantasy, no depression, and this congruence enabled a sort of expansion, and a sort of courage…” | “… if she got to know that he was giving a lecture somewhere in London she would stand outside the hall holding a placard that read, as I’ve always (and wrongly) remembered it: ‘This is the wife he abandoned.’ Sadly, but no doubt accurately, the various biographies substitute ‘I am’ for ‘This is’.” | Joanne the Scammer lives for drama. | Excited for Bright, Precious Days.
LOOK: Fifty days of Brexit haikus. | Plum shrub. | Moonlists. | The Chanel lamppost. | “Reading a book alone in London? / Where does the money come from.” | NIGELLA HAS A PODCAST. | At home with Rachel Roddy. | Cried so much watching Holding the Man (2015).
THINK: “I want to end my relationship but it’s too hard.” | Large number of young people experience sex problems. | Fundamentals of writing “the other” (and the self). | “I always wanted to be white.” | David Bowie as art school. | The doctor who beat big tobacco. | There’s no such thing as a protest vote. | “I can look back now and see that, while I helped out, it was usually on my schedule and on my terms.” | Children don’t need to be taught in order to learn.