It’s been far too long, friends!
The end of the semester at school was a bit of a rush, but today I’m enjoying a snowy day at home (cookie in hand, fuzzy purple blanket at the ready, homework done for the day — things are good!), and I’m so eager to share with you some of the most recent things I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to. Let’s chat quirky historic hobbies, concept albums, and shiny new books, yes?
I Hate Suzie >> If you, like me, un-ironically have “Honey to the Bee” on various playlists at any given time, I highly recommend I Hate Suzie, Billie Piper’s latest project with writer Lucy Prebble. The television series follows an actress, Suzie Pickles, as her life descends into (darkly humorous!) chaos and trauma following the leak of her personal photos. Prebble conceived each episode as its own mini film; the resulting show has a rich aesthetic, strong perspective, and biting sense of tension that leaves you both gasping and laughing out loud. It’s been a definite highlight on my watchlist for the past couple weeks!
Flap My Wings: Songs From We Live In Cairo >> I miss live theatre so, so much right now, and I find myself reminiscing about my most beloved in-person theatre experiences. Among these was seeing We Live in Cairo at the ART in Cambridge. The indie show, following a group of students and activists during the Arab Spring, combined a beautiful score with projections of real-life protest footage to capture a period marked by both strife and hope.
The show’s creators, the Lazour brothers, recently released Flap My Wings: Songs from We Live in Cairo, and I’ve been listening to it constantly. The album captures the show’s original magic, calling on artists and original cast members to reinterpret some of the best tracks. My favorite songs are “Cairo Street Scenes” and “The 18 Days, Part 3,” but all are worth a listen — or ten!
The Things They Fancied by Molly Young >> My sister tells me I’m the easiest person to shop for, and she’s made her case with a recent holiday gift: a copy of writer Molly Young’s zine, The Things They Fancied. A scrumptiously short and witty take on rich people’s hobbies throughout history, the zine features the specific brand of historical gossip that I delight in. (It’s like The Great meets The Cut’s best column!!) I spent a recent morning before school reading all about sparkling pineapples and $50,000 perfume; I couldn’t have loved it more.
Liberté / Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease >> My preferred procrastination method when it comes to studying for AP Euro? Reading books that tangentially relate to the course curriculum! The latest book in this auspicious lineup is Gita Trelease’s Liberté (also known as Everything that Burns), the French Revolution-set sequel to the author’s 2019 debut. I picked up my copy at my local bookstore this past week, and I can’t wait to dive back into Trelease’s world of blood-draining magic and misbehaving hot air balloons. Studying time well spent.
All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece >> My Sunday nights, as of late, have been devoted to the recent PBS adaption of All Creatures Great and Small. It’s the perfect Sunday show, following the soothing escapades and gentle adventures of a young veterinary assistant in the English countryside. Nothing too distressing ever occurs (will Tricki-Woo the Pekingese dog learn to follow a suitable diet plan? Who knows!!) and the scenery is always beautiful. It’s a lovely balm to end my week.
What things (books, movies, recipes, etc.) have you been loving as of late? I’d so love to know!