CHIMAMANDA ON BEAUTY, FEMININITY AND FEMINISM
One of my favourite authors, and all-round bae, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks to the New York Times about why our culture tends to diminish pursuits considered 'feminine', and looks bloody gorgeous whilst doing it. Seriously, that lipstick.
25 FAMOUS FEMALE LEADERS ON POWER
Does what it says on the tin. Some words of wisdom from some noted female leaders on power - how to define it, attain it, wield it, and (crucially) share it - which feel particularly necessary in these troubling political times. Whilst you're there, be sure to check out the rest of The Cut's “25 Famous Women On…” series, which is full of brilliant quotes on everything from overcoming insecurities, to the value of female friendships.
40 NEW FEMINIST CLASSICS
Pretty pleased to have stumbled across this list of important feminist books published during the last ten years (which kicks off with a book by Ms Adichie, of course), as it's effectively taken care of my reading list for the next few months. How many have you read?
SAVE YOUR CAREER - QUIT SOCIAL MEDIA
Like many people, I have something of a love-hate relationship with social media and check it far more often than I should, comforting myself with the justification that in my line of work I (sort of) need to. This New York Times article is making me massively evaluate my social media habits, especially as I seriously identify with its assertion that social media use chips away at your attention span, and diminishes your ability to create. Scary shit.
Is it too early to start thinking about buying a diary for 2017? If you're a sucker for new stationery like I am, then the answer's probably: hell no. I've got my eye on one of these pastel beauties from London stationery mecca Present and Correct, which are designed in the style of an old French paperback. Très cute.
POLITICAL COMPASS TEST
There's been a lot of coverage in the media about online 'filter bubbles' recently, no doubt a direct response to what has been a politically explosive (and unprecedented) year. Whilst it's slightly depressing to think that it's taken Brexit and the election of D****d T***p for people to realise that their social media feeds are not an objective or reliable news source, I'm glad for the renewed emphasis on the importance of being aware of political views that don't necessarily align with your own. So, an experiment: this 10-minute quiz tells you where you lie on the political spectrum and provides a handy reading list to match your political proclivities. Once you've taken the quiz, why not flip the script by reading a book from the opposite quadrant to your result instead? So if you're a libertarian leftie (guilty), you read a book from the authoritarian right-wing list, etc. Go on - challenge yourself.
TELLER ON MAPPLETHORPE
Legendary photographer Juergen Teller has curated this provocative exhibition of equally legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's work. What's not to like?
TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2016
I love portrait photography, so I'll definitely be heading down to the recently-opened Taylor Wessing exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, an annual celebration of the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.
I've heard enough about this movie from New York-based friends by now to make me extremely impatient for its UK release - if you're lucky enough to be Stateside and haven't yet seen it, take advantage!
AGNES MARTIN AT THE GUGGENHEIM
Why don't you spend a quiet afternoon this weekend amongst the serene, pastel-hued paintings on display at this retrospective of visionary artist Agnes Martin's work? I was lucky enough to see this collection when it was shown at the Tate Modern last year, and trust me - it's not to be missed.
It's about that time of year again - you know, that indulgent, wintery, comfort food time of year. These pasta recipes are perfect for cosy evenings, with many of them well-suited to batch cooking, something I regularly do at weekends to make life easy for myself on those weekday evenings when I’m too tired to contemplate cooking from scratch (i.e. all of them).