Weekend Reading

There are so many tabs open on my laptop this morning that I thought it would be a good idea to pop them all here, so that you can enjoy your lazy bank holiday Monday with them too!

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Kathrine Switzer illustration by Will Jarvis

Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. Women were thought too “fragile” to be able to run long distances, and attempts were made to forcibly remove her from the race. This was only in 1967. Women weren’t admitted to the Boston Marathon until 1972. NINETEEN SEVENTY-TWO. I know.

I read Elif Batuman’s novel The Idiot a couple of weeks ago, and loved it. This is a great interview from Vulture.

I am late to the Father John Misty party, but look at this interview. (Also his new album is great.)

Zadie Smith On Optimism & Despair. Heart eyes.

Cities now have a 1:300 ratio of foxes to people. I think Woolwich’s ratio is higher.

George Saunders exploring What Writers Really Do When They Write for the Guardian is, obviously, wonderful.

I’m moving to Leytonstone next month (eep!), so I’m on the hunt for new haunts. Emma Jane Palin’s guides to Leyton and Walthamstow are good. Send me your East London recommendations!

I’m off to eat more chocolate – hope you’re having an equally sugar fuelled weekend!!

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