November 9, 2018

We all made it to this Friday! I’m proud of you. This week I’ve been thinking about self-care – the fun kind that nourishes her skin and hair, but also the hard kind, the kind that mops the kitchen floor and finally washes her bras. Do you ever get the urge to ponytail up, plug in your headphones, and finally face all the things hanging over your head, mumbling that you should attend them? Now you know my weekend plans. Wish me luck!

  1. Well, Damn, Paper Books As Small As Your Phone Are Actually Great, Quartzy. Penguin is developing a mini book size that is meant to fit in the back pocket of a woman’s jeans. Check out the link for some pictures of how these books are read (horizontally! as if you are scrolling through a slightly-wider version of your phone!), and let me know what you think. According to the coverage of the mini-books, the pages are super thin, so I wonder if libraries will stock them or not. I could definitely see myself buying one of these for a favorite book.
  2. A Brooklyn Bookshop Owner on the Lost Art of the Phone Call, Haystack Stories. “That feeling when the phone rang throughout the house, and you were in another room but ran to get it, and it could be anyone but you had no idea who! Such possibility! And you had like 15 friends whose voices you could recognize simply from the word, “Hey.” And maybe because it had an actual cord it made you feel tethered to your friends in their other houses and you could picture them in their rooms, doodling, or painting their nails, as you chatted. I desperately wanted my own phone in my own room and when my mom finally gave in and got me one it felt like freedom, my secret world, a world of kids.” I really love this conversation about the landline, about how girls talking on the phone could get into the minutia of our lives back then, and that was a kind of intimacy that looks different now.

  3. Live Stream of a Norwegian Train, Kottke. This is a 24/7 stream of a train in Norway, from the perspective of the train driver’s cab. It’s so peaceful, with the noises of the rail and bell, or with your own music! Highly recommend a few minutes of this video on your lunch break.

  4. How to Host a Dinner Party When You Just Don’t Feel Like Cooking, Bon Appetit. This is a cute example of how to combine quick takeout with a few tricks at home to make it seem like you’ve made an effort. I am into it! Every time I’ve had friends over for chicken, it’s been a pretty good time.

  5. How to Not Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care, Marlee Grace. I want someone else to read this book so we can talk about it! It is a cute-sized (though not quite mini) book that combines thoughtful journal prompts with the writer’s informal reflections on the balance between work and life. She invites you to contemplate how you define your work – is it just what makes you money? Is it things you have to do but don’t feel like doing? Is it the things that make you money but also make the time fly by? This book gave me a lot to think about, and it’s worth a read if you ever think to yourself, on the way to your job, “This again? Is this all there is?”

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