#13: Hot links II
To-do lists and mortality, elegiac films, a viral tweet
Editions will be a little infrequent over August and early September (because Summer), with the regular fortnightly rhythm resuming in late September.
Reading + listening + watching
A Thorough Examination with Drs Chris and Xand. I thought this would be a standard wellness-type podcast about ultra-processed food. It turns out to be a beautiful, vulnerable exploration of complex family dynamics (twins) and addiction (to food, to work).
Constellations: Reflections from Life: “How do you tell the story of a life in a body, as it goes through sickness, health, motherhood? How do you tell that story when you are not just a woman but a woman in Ireland?”
Leaving burnout behind: the pain and pleasure of starting a new career in my 50s: “My ego isn’t on the line in the way it once was”.
The design studio I want to build. I love learning about how people are intentionally building very different design agencies, and the trade-offs involved.
This extremely viral tweet, which brought all the Covid deniers and eugenicists to the yard.
When it was hot: A big cabbage, kohlrabi, carrot and coriander slaw (soy sauce, garlic, lime, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup dressing), with cold brown rice noodles and roasted chicken thighs. A tomato, cucumber and basil salad with goats curd. Marinated anchovies and crackers. Vietnamese noodle salads from BunBunBun.
When it was rainy: Madhur Jaffrey’s aloo gobi. Anna Jones’ beetroot curry with spiked cottage cheese. Cabbage stir-fries topped with a fried egg. Brown butter, nutmeg, shrimp, chard and caper pasta. A caramelised onion, anchovy and artichoke tart with cabbage and carrot coleslaw. Toasted bagels with butter and marmite. A banana, rhubarb and coconut loaf, each slice drenched in tahini and honey.
If you are in a summer food rut (or living off freezer hash browns), as I was for several months, I can recommend the generous replies to this tweet.