Things I've read/am reading/plan to read.


The Last Thing I Read:

Online: Gender Specifics - a Monocle magazine report on Japan's efforts to close its vast gender gap.

In real life: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I know I'm horribly late to the party. Marquez crafts the most beautiful and evocative sentences, but I must confess that I struggled to push through the ending of this classic. One hundred years is a long time.

The Thing I'm Reading Now:

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I've just started this timeless self-discovery novel, written in 1922. The simple writing style makes a welcome contrast to Marquez's lush prose.

The Book or Article That Changed the Way I Work:

I stumbled across Steve Pavlina's '10 Reasons Why You Should Never Get A Job' when I was just finishing university, and it had a huge impact on the way I thought about my career prospects. The notion that jobs are actually very risky ways to make a living (point five) particularly resonated.

The Book I Always Reread:

White Teeth, by Zadie Smith. Brimming with the sights, sounds, and slang of the London I know/love/miss - this book is pure literary comfort food for me. 

The Blog I Always Revisit :

OK Real is my new favourite source of real-life wisdom from real women.

What I Plan To Read Next:

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill - this 'portrait of a marriage' comes recommended by multiple readers I know and trust.

CLICK CLICK CLICK (Three Things You Should Read Online Right Now)

1. When Vivienne Talks, We Should Listen - The Gentlewoman: An inspiring profile of the iconoclastic designer and activist.

2. Editor's Letter: Acting Out - Rookie: Tavi writes the best editor's letters in the game. 

3. My Misspent Youth - Meghan Daum. This 1997 essay offers an honest insight into the financial reality of life and work in New York City that still rings true today.