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What are you reading/cooking/watching/listening to today, Thursday August 4th
1- Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark is a must-read. I’ve been a fan of Alice’s work for years, and when she took one of my memoir workshops a year or so ago, I nearly fainted. This is a grand novel in the 19th century tradition — it will keep you completely engrossed —- and the story of a very long female friendship and what it means to be committed to saving a place at risk of development. Gorgeous and un-put-down-able.
2- Great Gardens with Arthur Parkinson I have long loved Nowness videos (if you don’t know them, you should), and fell in love with this short film about a young man who is now being called a Poet of the Environment. Made in collaboration with BBC Earth, this short film introduces Parkinson’s work, which has at its core the fact that every one of us can strive towards environmentally responsible solutions whether we have a country garden, or a windowsill in the city. Please watch.
3- Cold Sesame Noodles I’m a born-and-raised New Yorker, and it’s probably odd that I didn’t discover cold sesame noodles until I was in my mid-twenties, when someone I was aligned with introduced me to them at a long-closed Chinese restaurant on Hudson Street in the West Village. I tried to make them every which way, and failed miserably. THIS recipe, however, is magic, and if you love this dish as much as I do, you will eat it all summer.
4 - Birds That Flew and Ships That Sailed is Passenger’s new album, released without a record label or a press team, and I am listening to it on repeat. A beautiful 70s vibe, gorgeous writing, lovely production, AND the record release supports Plastic Bank, an enterprise that combats ocean plastic pollution.
Be well, stay cool—-