This weekend was a total whirlwind, with a forced, albeit welcome, pause in the middle of it. After spending the past several weekends running errands for our apartment, Jonah and I came full-stop on Saturday to drive to one of my favorite places, Angeles Crest Creamery. We booked the getaway through Hipcamp months ago and were originally supposed to be there four nights, but that was before we knew how crazy this month would be. Instead, we drove up Saturday night for a quick getaway, and I'm so glad we did. The farm is just an hour and a half out of the city, but feels like much more. As soon as we pulled up to the little cabin, I immediately felt a weight lift. Without any chores to do or errands to run, we went on a long walk following the goats who were grazing, then read for hours until dinner. After eating, we returned to the barn as Gloria, the farm's owner, put the goats away for the evening. Even though we were there for less than 24 hours, it felt like the perfect, deserved getaway. Here's what else I'm loving this week:
We can never decide what to listen to in the office, so when we had a video shoot last week and the director suggested we try the online streaming station Isla Negra, we were all for it. The station is curated by Chilean music writer Hernan Rodriguez Matte (hence the name, Isla Negra), with three options of music: Upbeat (dance or workout), Classic, and Slowbeat (perfect for working or relaxing). I was immediately impressed by the curation, which has already introduced me to countless songs and artists. Slowbeat is my personal favorite, though they're all worth a listen!
Food writer, Brette Warshaw (whom you may remember as the Editor then C.O.O. of Lucky Peach), just started a newsletter with a simple, yet brilliant concept. In What's the Diff, she dives into the difference between commonly confused concepts: I mean, what is the difference between a sea lion and a seal, crudo and sashimi, or a dash, hyphen, en dash, and em dash?? Subscribe here to learn!
I've loved Taylor Swift since the days of "Teardrops on My Guitar", but I think the love affair was sealed when I scream-sang to "Fifteen" with my best friends, cause when you're fifteen and someone tells you they love you, you're gonna believe them. All this is to say: I started listening to Lover the minute it came out—and pretty much haven't stopped since. I definitely have my issues with some songs (I too love Joe Alwyn, but what is "London Boy" and how did it make it onto the album?), but flipping love "Paper Rings," "Lover," and "The Man." My favorite song on the whole album though is a simple, short ballad that's easy to over-look, hidden behind the attention-grabbing "ME!." "It's Nice to Have a Friend" is unlike any Taylor song I can remember, with understated harp chords and steel drums in the background of a sweet and hypnotic story about an innocent schoolyard friendship developing into something more, "Something gave / you the nerve / to touch my hand. / It's nice to have a friend" (cue the Kaylor theories). Listen here.
American slavery began 400 years ago this month. To observe it, the New York Times Magazine has launched an enormous and comprehensive project that delves into the many (many), often surprising, ways slavery still impacts every single one of us, from traffic to our prison system. It's an incredible and important project—you can also listen to the podcast here.
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