I spent the last week in North Idaho for a story, now on my way to Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill for a different story, and want to take a break from the monotony of endless transcription for a few links and a few oddball recommendations.
I don’t understand the mechanics of why I like reading other people’s recs so much. I rarely follow them, or buy what’s advised. Maybe it’s that I like reading people talk about what does and does not work, which then, later, influences my decision — or maybe I just find recommendations somehow reflective of different personalities, different ways of being in the world. Either way: I like them the best when they’re super banal or super specific, so that’s what I’m going to try and offer below. Also: things that suck. All in totally random order.
Instagram-influenced purchase I regret most: Brooklinen sheets
Instagram-influenced purchase I regret not at all: The Summersalt Sidestroke
Best Recent Show For When There’s No More Law & Order SVU: Mindhunter
Product That Made Me Stop Disliking Glossier on Principle: This exact combo
The Dry Shampoo That Really Works for My Fine Blonde Hair That I Wash Once a Week: Aveda (Dry) Shampure
The Cool Kid Suitcase I Found Pretty Meh: Away
The One Thing Keep My Couches In Shape: This Fuzz Remover
The Carry-On Weekender-Bag I Swear By: Hershel Strand
The Expensive-Looking But Not Actually Expensive Lamp Everyone Always Asks Me About
The Hoodie That’s Legitimately Warm and Very Flattering and Has Lasted Hundreds of Washes: Scuba Light Cotton Fleece
Best Website to Book Hotels If You Do A Lot of Hotel-Booking: Hotels.com (You accumulate a free night for every 10!)
Service That Algorithmically Subtracts Small Amounts of Money From Your Bank Account and is FDIC Insured And Made Me Save for Down Payments for a Car and a House: Digit
The Detergent That Actually Makes Your Exercise Clothes Not Reek And Trust Me I’ve Tried A Lot: Zero Odor
Favorite Newish Cookbook With Recipes I Actually Make: Dinner, Changing the Game
Favorite Fall Smitten Kitchen Recipe: Here
Favorite Chicken Noodle Soup Hack: Adding Parsnips
The Planner I Use Obsessively: Leuchtturm1917 Medium *Week* (Not Weekly) Planner
The Fancy Dogfood I Can Afford Because I Don’t Have Children And Makes The Dogs’ Fur So Lustrous: Orijen
The Service I Use to Turn My Instagrams Into Overpriced Little Magnets That I Really Love: Social Print Studio
The Place to Go For Real Recommendations: Wirecutter
Things I Read and Loved This Week:
This fascinating piece on why the number of adult day care centers is so high in the Rio Grande Valley
An incredible profile of the notoriously private Adam Driver
The cost of leaving an abusive relationship
A smart piece on why it’s so hard to get young people into activism (and voting!) in places where they feel forgotten
How couples have actually redistributed labor in the long term: they made detailed plans
The true fuckery of deed theft
No Just Trust Me this week — gotta keep that quality-level high.
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