Let There Be Mild + Folks Who’ve Made Errors

Hiya, pals!

Apologies for going full Pollyanna—particularly amongst our hellscape of a information cycle—however I kinda just like the month of January. My mother and father owned a lamp retailer for 40 years and it’s the place I spent my complete childhood. Enterprise boomed in January, when people had been craving gentle of their houses after discarding their Christmas timber and staring down a number of extra weeks of winter darkness. So the primary month of the yr was the most effective time to be within the retailer—in contrast to, say, July, which was a drag—as a result of it was bustling with chatty clients, the brightness inside contrasting with the gloomy climate outdoors.

Immediately my query for you is: How are you discovering your vibrant spots this winter? I threw in some concepts under and am at all times in search of extra!



In the event you learn just one factor this weekend, make it this unbelievable essay by Holly Connolly, “His Ex-wife’s Plates,” through which she writes, “I like individuals who have made errors.” The best way she annihilates a pair of underwear (polyester) is excellent. (Paris Assessment)  

Two objects got here throughout my desk this month that referenced the outdated thought of girls having all of it: This newsletter from Kimberly Harrington that flips the absurd phrase on its head and “When Having It All Means Falling Aside,” which features a slew of messy days. These are my individuals proper there. (Honey Keep Tremendous, Wall Avenue Journal)

On that observe, how delightful is this literary analysis of Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Horrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Dangerous Day? Generally 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 online design agency in Kansas has paired up with author Robin Sloan for this musical short 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 lately tinkered around with the photography software for the primary time and was completely blown away. You’ll be able to’t push towards a tech wave however the place will this go away photographers and writers? Cherished Aubrey Hirsch’s tackle what humanity does or does not bring to the art that moves us. (The Audacity) 

Samantha Irby’s recommendations on blow off your New Yr’s weight-reduction plan resolutions are LOL. (Meals and Wine

In the event 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 liked how the set designers saved including Memphis furnishings to amp up the creepiness. (Architectural Digest)

The primary time I tuned into Marc Maron’s excellent 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 wish to miss any of her bombs of knowledge. She’s really 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, nevertheless it’s again for a second season and, once more, I must state that this is without doubt one of the finest reveals on TV. Whereas not precisely enjoyable—it has zero chill, really—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 feel we’re going to start out Paul T. Goldman. I’ve heard good issues and am into the concept of a humorous true crime sequence. (Peacock)

I’m bringing dinner to a vegetarian good friend tonight so I gathered all of the components for this classic JTB recipe for spicy veggie chili. Then, after all, I’ll make a batch for our household so the children have an acceptable automobile for his or her beloved oyster crackers. As Pleasure wrote again in 2010, “Scent up your own 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 recognize 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 form with your local bodega dude. Now, within the burbs, I discover a comparable reference to my grocery retailer clerks. I think about it my civic obligation to be taught their names. (Hell Gate) 

Pumped to see Asheville on this list of the best places 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 the home. (Etsy)