Real talk: I’m drained.
If there’s one good thing to come out of the past year, it’s that we’ve fast-tracked our way to a place where we can admit these things. London’s endless lockdown was already heavy enough, but the events of the past week have been enraging and triggering for every woman I know. I don’t have a ‘take’ to offer on the misogyny that is still endemic in our culture, except that I’m exhausted by it. I’m sure you feel the same.
In lieu of my usual mini thinkpiece, here are a few things pulling me through what feels like the final stretch of the pandemic – or the worst of it, at least. I’m hoping to have more creative energy to share next week (or, because I’m moving this week and we all know how that goes, perhaps the one after).
Take good care of yourselves.
This documentary about the legendary Japanese composer is both inspiring and extremely soothing. Follow up with his back catalogue.
This sorta-tongue-in-cheek-sorta-not account is my favourite thing on Instagram right now. I especially appreciate how the weird, early 2000s stock imagery breaks up the endless pastel mental health infographics which have proliferated in recent months. Say it with me now: I Am Flexible Dynamic. I Am Bali Backpack. I Am Indeed Looking Forward to Performing Well This Week.
Read an interview with the delightfully curious 20-year-old Norwegian founder here.
This ode to the club, featuring words by Yolanda Wisher and breathtaking photos by my very talented friend Jess Lehrman, has me pining for the sweaty, intimate late nights that I hope lie in our imminent future.
After realising, to my embarrassment, that I have a minimal grip on most of the basic principles of physics, I ordered this book. It’s clear, comprehensive, and good for maintaining context on one’s place in the universe.
Deep breathing in moments of anxiety or stress: turns out it really works! Download this app for a super-simple way to tap back into calm and read this piece (via my friend Joe) on on why it’s worth spending some time learning how to breathe better.