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October Favorites

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Listening:

Have you listened to Serial yet? It’s every bit as compelling as you’d expect longform true crime reporting from This American Life’s Sarah Koenig to be.

Speaking of longform journalism and podcasts, the Longform podcast is great if you like hearing articulate writers talk about writing and reporting. I recently enjoyed episode with historical gossip reporter Anne Helen Petersen. (Also, looking forward to her book.)

The self-titled album from Sylvan Esso. Ear candy.

Reading:

Amy Gerstler’s meditation on the elegiac form.

Sarah Miller’s honest, thoughtful and provocative essay on how cooking is the worst [edit 10/28/17: I can’t find an updated link to the written essay, but now the link takes you to an audio version].

The Toast’s “The Internet: A Glossary” (you read The Toast, right?)

Watching:

Jill Soloway’s messy, funny, human Transparent (streaming on Amazon Prime).

Veronica Mars, a show I somehow didn’t really watch until now. Not sure what I was waiting for. Light enough to watch after a long day of packing, but still filled with brilliant bits of dialogue, lovable characters, and narrative surprises (streaming on Amazon Prime).

I can’t get enough of documentaries about design and craftsmanship. How to Make a Book with Steidl is a particularly delightful one (streaming on Netflix).

(And you’ve watched both seasons of The Bletchley Circle, right? I mean, you love historical drama featuring brilliant women solving crimes, right? [streaming on Netflix].)

Miscellania:

Brief internet diversion, how liberal or conservative is your first name? (Mine is just slightly liberal.)

My new MOO MiniCards. (They are small. And cute.)

The new hourglass Weck Deli Jars. (I know I shouldn’t buy more jars, but these are such a lovely shape.)

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