Books I'm currently reading:
I know, I know. Everyone read this book 2 years ago. Whatever. My friend came to visit me from New York and left it as a gift. Two chapters in and already trying to sort out how we got so far from where we started.
I had to reread Vile Bodies for a project but ended up buying this one too. Interested in Waugh's surreal take on Hollywood. Plus it has illustrations.
Took this one home from the new Amazon bookstore in Century City (bizarre). Interested in the subject as I've been considering the privacy of being "abroad." A privacy that is somewhat being tarnished by the increasingly mobile (both in the English and American meaning) era.
Interviews I keep on my desk:
I love Stormzy for a lot of reasons and this interview is definitely one of them. He even goes to Selfridges towards the end. Might have to frame some of the photos for my mom (big fan).
I have a soft spot for interviews, and Lunch with the FT has always been a favorite. I especially love the Twiggy interview in here. I re-read it all the time.
Love their coverage of Hauser & Wirth Somerset, one of my favorite spots in the UK. Beautiful photographs I had to hold back from cutting and pasting on to my bedroom wall.
Monocle did a fantastic piece on my company founder Pelle Sjoenell and his "cabinet". I love the format. Gets people to talk cause they think they're not talking about themselves.
Books I've read this year:
I read this book over a bizarrely hot weekend in London when all my friends were out of town. I loved it. It's an intimate diary from a woman in media as she nears the end of her job and comes to accept that she doesn't understand her audience anymore.
A big, wild, ensemble narrative about New Orleans at the turn of the century. More than just historical fiction, the author based the book on the real axe murderer of 1918 and used a lot of original sources from the time period. The history geek in me really enjoyed it.
Lent to a friend at work and made her sob for her entire commute (over an hour to Eagle Rock). Read it.
Not only was this investigative book shocking (I lived only 5 minutes from the murder scene!), but it also provided a thoughtful study on the modern state of our global cities, and the courses that lead people to being neighbors.
I read this one weekend when I was missing New York. Interesting to read a woman's portrayal of a white male author. Made me think about the asshole in all of us.
Got to hear this author speak at Skylight Books in LA. Fresh take on young masculinity, public schooling and middle school friendships. Quick, smart writing by a former Obama blogger. Gave it to my 14 year old cousin.
I've spent so much time living in my friends' parents homes that this book really resonated with me. An intimate study on the imposter syndrome of being a "guest."
I read a lot of British female fiction in LA. Mainly because I miss my girlfriends. Funny, relatable stories about coming of age from a girl who loves to have fun.
I was recommended this one from a dear old college friend at Conde Nast. There's a lot I can say but I think Roxane Gay says it better: "One thing that is inescapable is that privilege makes addiction sustainable in mind blowing ways. I offer that as observation rather than judgment."
I've been lucky to get to know Amani through my work and really admire how she's built her Muslim Girl empire. Loved reading her memoir and learning more about the moments that inspired her career.
Spent a rare foggy Saturday afternoon in LA reading this one. Juicy English village psycho-thriller. Felt like binge watching Doctor Foster.
I've recommended this book to so many people I think I'll just have to save my copy and send around links. Everything about this book is perfect, but one thing I was really interested in was its use of digital text. By including texts, emails, and FB chat in a narrative about a poet, the author plays with the voices we perform for every platform, even going so far as to search for themes on the histories of text like "love."
Anyone who spends time in LA needs to read Eve Babitz. It's been 40 years but little has changed.