[MONDAYS ARE FINE] MAY 29

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1. Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a great long weekend and are feeling refreshed and inspired for the week ahead. If you're interested in writing/cooking/publishing a book/all of the above, you should probably come to next week’s Work Party with food writer/cook/soon-to-be author Alison E Roman in New York. There are only a handful of tickets left so be sure to grab yours now.

2. "Instead of bringing about a leisure class living in actual leisure, we have wrought a world where the upwardly mobile are instead obsessed with productivity. Indeed, productivity itself has become a kind of class signifier. Even recreation among the elite bears the hallmarks of work, with metrics and documentation governing all activity. As the increasing demands of work sow anxiety among the elite, leisure time has become a zone heavy with contradiction." Molly Young being brilliant as usual, on wellness, work, and so much more in The New York Times.

3. It’s no secret that I love an independent bookstore–and a woman-owned independent bookstore all the more. I was super-excited to see that writer Emma Straub has opened Books Are Magic here in Brooklyn. Go forth and support! (Londoners should check out Daunt Books and Los Angelenos should head straight to Skylight Books).

4. Speaking of bookstores... Last weekend I rediscovered Printed Matter - a brilliant independent artists’ bookstore and space here in New York. It reminded me how much I adore the self-published form (remember when I made my own book?!) If you’re looking for an IRL distributor for your own self-published manifesto, ‘zine, or catalogue, this is a great place to start

5.  “Be a feminist.” Helen Mirren’s 5 Rules for a Happy Life, from her recent keynote speech at Tulane University are worth watching and remembering.

6. If the past week’s global news has got you left you feeling raw, this open thread on Into The Gloss has lots of suggestions on how to take the edge off your anxiety - as well as serving as a simple reminder that we're all in the same boat. Hang in there.

7. A fascinating look into the merged future of technology and luxury through the eyes of Russian entrepreneur Mirsolava Duma, via the Financial TimesForward-thinkers, take note.

8. A familiar narrative: Women were killing it in computer programming before the tech bros came along and pushed them out. Sigh.

9. Tips for doing sh*t you really don't want to do, but, like, the *zen* way.

10. An alternative approach: Just don't do sh*t you don't want to do in the first place. Thoughts on that here.

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