I’ve been looking at properties online and folks, I hate to say it, but there are an awful lot of ugly chairs out there in the world. Particularly desk chairs. Think about it! You might even own one.
I was at Ham House today and want to know what I saw? Loads of beautiful chairs. Can you imagine in 100 years, people touring our grandest homes and crowding around a blue and black mesh monstrosity, a docent talking about how helpful it was for lumbar support, and everyone just sadly nodding. BLEAK.
If you think too long about all the home offices, schools, and businesses that house these millions of office chairs— with their billons of clunky plastic roller wheels, useless adjustment levers, and foam armrests— and then think about all of them slowly rolling their way to landfill, it’s almost enough to make you want to disown the human race.
Luckily, the world has lots of good in it too. Here are some of the things that sparked joy for me this week.
Laura Dodsworth’s latest book includes interviews with 100 women about one of their most intimate relationships: the one they have with their vagina. Alongside the interviews are photos of each woman’s vulva, and when you look through them, it’s a truly powerful reminder of just how beautiful, unique and fucking amazing our bodies actually are. Read more about it in The Guardian or get a copy to proudly display on your coffee table. But whatever you do, don’t ignore this important piece or pretend for a moment that it’s shameful.
I wish everyone would read this article by Jason Cherkis about Dr. Motto’s work to help prevent suicidal patients from killing themselves and how his work is being carried out by other like-minded doctors around the world. It’s insightful, so important, and maybe a lot more simple (albeit compassionate and thoughtful) than we may think. Reading this has also reminded me of the power in simply reaching out and saying “hi, I see you” to friends who are going through a tough time. It can feel inconsequential and stupid, but it can sometimes help– or maybe even save– a life.
I was elated and honoured to receive an advance copy of Work Wife by Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur (the powerhouse duo behind Of a Kind) in the mail this week. I’m only a few pages in but will definitely follow-up with my thoughts once I’m done.
And speaking of work wives, after leaving my family’s WhatsApp group in a bit of a huff (not my finest moment) after a political discussion kicked off, I decided to pre-order I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations by Sarah and Beth of Pantsuit Politics. I’ve so enjoyed their podcast conversations over the years and I’m really looking forward to diving into this after its pub date next month.
One more on the book front: when pulling Danny Meyer’s Setting The Table off the shelf to lend to a friend last Sunday, I flipped it open and accidentally read about a hundred pages. I first read it in 2016 and felt so completely that everything I believed about the hospitality industry (which I worked in form the age of 17 to 24) was affirmed. Danny is an inspiring leader– and I know this because even just reading his book makes me want to be a better person. If you care about treating your customers right, I highly recommend you read it.