Hi there, buddies!
Apologies for going full Pollyanna—particularly amongst our hellscape of a information cycle—however I kinda just like the month of January. My dad and mom owned a lamp retailer for 40 years and it’s the place I spent my whole childhood. Enterprise boomed in January, when of us had been craving mild of their properties after discarding their Christmas timber and staring down a number of extra weeks of winter darkness. So the primary month of the 12 months was one of the best time to be within the retailer—not like, say, July, which was a drag—as a result of it was bustling with chatty clients, the brightness inside contrasting with the gloomy climate exterior.
Immediately my query for you is: How are you discovering your vibrant spots this winter? I threw in some concepts beneath and am all the time searching for extra!
When you learn just one factor this weekend, make it this unimaginable essay by Holly Connolly, “His Ex-wife’s Plates,” by which she writes, “I like individuals who have made errors.” The way in which she annihilates a pair of underwear (polyester) is excellent. (Paris Evaluation)
Two objects got here throughout my desk this month that referenced the outdated concept of girls having all of it: This publication from Kimberly Harrington that flips the absurd phrase on its head and “When Having It All Means Falling Aside,” which contains a slew of messy days. These are my individuals proper there. (Honey Keep Tremendous, Wall Road Journal)
On that notice, how pleasant is that this literary evaluation of Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Horrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Dangerous Day? Typically a day is only a day. (New Yorker)
As an Web junkie, few issues make me extra excited than after I see individuals utilizing interactive instruments in recent methods. An internet design agency in Kansas has paired up with author Robin Sloan for this musical brief story. Press play! (Model New Field)
Talking of being an Web junkie, I’m admittedly ambivalent in regards to the present state of AI. I just lately tinkered round with the pictures software program for the primary time and was completely blown away. You may’t push towards a tech wave however the place will this depart photographers and writers? Cherished Aubrey Hirsch’s tackle what humanity does or doesn’t carry to the artwork that strikes us. (The Audacity)
Samantha Irby’s tips about blow off your New 12 months’s weight-reduction plan resolutions are LOL. (Meals and Wine)
When you haven’t already, I extremely advocate going to an precise movie show and watching M3gan. It’s such a enjoyable film to expertise with a crowd. I particularly cherished how the set designers stored including Memphis furnishings to amp up the creepiness. (Architectural Digest)
The primary time I tuned into Marc Maron’s glorious interview with Courtney Love, I used to be puttering round the home doing chores, solely half listening. So I listened a second time as a result of I didn’t need to miss any of her bombs of knowledge. She’s actually an icon at this level in what she dubs our “overculture.” (WTF with Marc Maron)
OK I do know I already raved about I Hate Suzie on this area, however it’s again for a second season and, once more, I have to state that this is among the greatest exhibits on TV. Whereas not precisely stress-free—it has zero chill, truly—every episode is sort of a humorous panic assault that satisfies the Fleabag-sized gap in my coronary heart. (HBOMax)
What are you watching this weekend? I believe we’re going to start out Paul T. Goldman. I’ve heard good issues and am into the concept of a humorous true crime collection. (Peacock)
I’m bringing dinner to a vegetarian pal tonight so I gathered all of the components for this classic JTB recipe for spicy veggie chili. Then, in fact, I’ll make a batch for our household so the children have an appropriate car for his or her beloved oyster crackers. As Pleasure wrote again in 2010, “Odor up your home. Heat up your insides.” (Pleasure the Baker)
Jewel Wicker digs into revenge songs: “There’s a launch that is available in watching or listening to our favourite characters go low after we can not.” I respect the connection she makes between Miranda Lambert and SZA. (Oxford American)
I solely lived in NY for 2 years however might relate to this piece on the bond you kind together with your native bodega dude. Now, within the burbs, I discover a comparable reference to my grocery retailer clerks. I think about it my civic responsibility to be taught their names. (Hell Gate)
Pumped to see Asheville on this checklist of one of the best locations to eat in 2023. (Eater)
Lastly, in case you’re questioning no matter occurred to my household’s lamp empire, my brother is making these nifty nightlights. They’re little orbs of radness and I like scattering them by way of the home. (Etsy)