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 was so proud of myself for finding Madeleine Milburn Agency - a boutique, female-led literary agency tucked in a Mayfair mews in London. They’ve been so kind to me - sending me packages of books by female authors to consider adapting. When I stopped by for a cup of tea a year back, I picked up a copy of Eleanor Oliphant. “Is this one available?” I asked. “Oh no, Reese Witherspoon got it.”
This is the most beautiful novel I’ve read all year and everyone has to read it. Now.
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.
My whole family was so obsessed with this book and I didn’t really understand why. The prose at first was unsettling and nothing seemed to happen. But then, everything, just.. it does. It happens and you sit in bed for days, your head in Kentish Town with a handsome older actor and a cigarette. It’s one of the few books I’ve read that really encapsulates the feeling of falling in love for the first time. Those first few months where your entire world turns. Where you’re manic, basically. I read it going through a break up. It helped, I think.
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."
Plum Sykes knows how to write about party girls. Full stop.
Anyone who spends time in LA needs to read Eve Babitz. It's been 40 years but little has changed.
“It is worth noting that a decade ago, when she was at the height of her mid-20s fame, not a day would pass without the tabloids feasting on the exploits of Allen, Amy Winehouse or Peaches Geldof; it is also worth noting that Allen is the only one who has survived.” - Sophie Heawood, The Guardian