I only worked two days this week before stampeding right back into the warm embrace of the weekend like a 3 year-old running into her mother’s arms after the first day of pre-school. Or I guess they call it nursery here? Idk. I don’t have kids, I don’t know kid things. Anyway! These cold grey January weekends are kinda great. The weather practically forces you to stay indoors wearing wooly socks with a pile of books and a warm beverage beside you while you scroll endlessly on your phone. What a time to be alive! But seriously, I love it. And here are some other things that I loved this week:
Really loved Patricia Lockwood’s review of Rachel Cusk’s trilogy in the London Review of Books. (I too want to know why we have to know about Clif Bars!!) I’m now 2/3 of the way through the series and am getting so much pleasure from listening to (okay, reading) Cusk’s characters’ stories. I actually think it might be making me a better listener but I haven’t seen people much lately so I might just be making that up?
I can’t really think of an occasion where I’ll need to make a pig out of a lemon, but I also can’t think of an occasion where I won’t want a little lemon pig adorning the table. Lucky for me (and you, and all of us) Jacques Pépin has taught me (us!) how to make a lemon pig. Pls expect to see cutie-pie little lemon pigs when you next come to dine.
“People don’t understand the amount of studying and research that goes into greatness. But I absolutely understand it.” Rereading Beyoncé’s interview in The Gentlewoman from 2013, when she was just 31 and so damn fresh-faced. A great reminder to get your study on, hunny!
“We can look at an askew shower rail, or a bizarre slash of outlying supportive concrete, or some mildew, or a kitchen the size of an Amazon package, and go: hmm, bad. Crucially, the city's landlords and property developers do not have these traits, and so that is what divides Us from Them. They are slugs and we are falcons. We must peck them to death with our glorious beaks.” Joel Goelby’s London Rental Opportunity of the Week has long been one of my favourite columns on the internet. The first time a friend forwarded one to me, I was sitting at the bar in Smith & Wollensky on John Adams St., sipping a vodka martini and waiting for David to join me. By the time David got there, I had mascara running down my face and the bar staff was giving me a wide berth, so afraid of the hysterical woman sitting at the end of the bar. Anyway, I caught up on the column this week and belly laughed so many times. I recommend you do the same, especially if the London property market makes you want to cry.
So great to know that this old favourite/digital gem, Fuck You Very Much, is still alive and well on Tumblr. Not sure how much longer it’ll last, so clicky-clicky before it’s gone.
I love this series by photographer Josephine Sittenfeld, “Reunion”. I usually find then-and-now photo compositions like this a bit silly but these feel so genuine - like you know that Sittenfeld wasn’t asking the subjects to take up their former poses for instagram likes, but instead to show something true about the human experience, and I really like that. (Also omg little baby Ellie Kemper in her college photo!)
Aaaand lastly, If you’re a woman, you probably already know this, but, generally speaking, the medical community doesn’t give a shit about us. Or, as reproductive psychiatrist Catherine Birndorf puts it, “If men can’t get an erection, it’s a natural disaster…But very little is studied in women because of our reproductive capacity and because of patriarchy. We need to try to understand women better.” This article about the role estrogen may play in women with schizophrenia is fascinating and really fucking important, too. READ IT READ IT READ IT.