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!


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!!


Weekend Reading

Obviously opening with this….

And there are going to be lots of links about it, because HEART EYES.

Here’s all the Formation ones (I’m posting these with no comments, because Formation isn’t for me. So just read them all. Ha)…

Four Women On What Formation Means To Them // Beyoncé and #BlackLivesMatter // Why Beyoncé’s Formation Matters For Girls Like Me // Considering “Formation” And The Politics Of A Black Woman Pop Star // Hot Sauce in Her Bag

And the rest… This excellent GQ Bieber profile // Why Won’t Hipsters Integrate? // If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy In A Writing Workshop // Tongue Poetry – “tongue-poetry is what makes good writing so, so much bigger than us. We’re part of that poem or story, and we’re immersed in a world where words like husk, brisk and rust are textures, and lips and kisses are sticky liquorice” // Scottish Twitter – this is hilarious // Kentucky women are asking Governor Matt Bevin questions about their vaginas #(askBevinaboutmyvag is the best hashtag I’ve seen for a while) // A civil servant in Spain took SIX YEARS off, and no one noticed // Finally, Bernie Sanders’ new campaign video is heartbreaking (seriously; don’t watch it anywhere you care if people see you crying, cause je.sus.)

Weekend Reading

I’ve had a good week this week; I shuffled my portfolio site about a bit, and ordered some moo cards, which is exciting! (I have no idea who I’m going to give them to yet, but having them means I can!) I had a lovely dinner out with Brookester, in which I went on a rant about how goats cheese is better than regular cheese because goats are intrinsically happy animals, and then I made her sign up to a yoga course with me so that we can be Bendy and Calm. Poor woman.

I’ve also read a ton of awesome stuff, and lots of “how to’s”, this week, but have some happy goats first…

How to be a Productivity Unicorn + Have we reached “Peak Vegetarianism”+ How to be a Poet and a Human Being + Speaking of poets, William Carlos Williams becomes a meme + I am saving up s2 of True Detective, but I did read The Trouble with True Detective + Having brains/feelings/people is exhausting. How to Get Out of Your Head, & How to Trust Your Brain + Watch the books in Wes Anderson’s films + I’d like to move into Kate gh0stparties’ bathroom now please.