People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck
When I saw that this week’s newsletter fell on Valentine’s Day, I debated skating over the subject altogether. After all, it’s a commercial holiday that plenty of people choose not to observe-why should a journalism newsletter feel compelled to tackle the almighty subject that is love?
Truth be told, despite the bitterness of this email’s subject line, I don’t hate Valentine’s Day. ‘People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck’ is just too good a tune not to include. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m actually a bit of a hopeless romantic… which is why I thought I’d dedicate this newsletter to lurve. So without further ado, here’s some journalism-related stuff I love:
Here’s some non-journalism stuff I love:
- Music: I love nothing more than lighting a few candles, turning my lights off and laying in the dark watching the flames flicker with one of my favourite records spinning
- Table Manners — combining three of my favourite things (music, food and journalism), ‘Table Manners’ is a podcast where Jessie Ware and her mum and their celebrity guests talk about food, family and more
- Love Actually style films where all the characters turn out to know each other-see also Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Day etc. Also, the film One Day. Bill Nighy, ILY
- Goodnight/good morning text messages (tbh just the early stages of dating, when you’re both obsessed with each other and neither of you are playing it cool)
- If you’re lazy like me then The Roasting Tin cookbook series by Rukmini Iyer is brilliant-particularly recommend the scallop, leek and chorizo gratin from The Quick Roasting Tin, which is definitely date night/self-care fare
Not feeling the love at all? Here’s some stuff for the anti-Valentines fans amongst you:
- If you want to despair at men then the @beam_me_up_softboi account on Instagram is well worth a peruse
- Want to eat your feelings this Valentine’s Day? I can’t recommend Mob Kitchen (@mobkitchen) enough — their cookbooks are great, they have a veggie one and a lot of their recipes are available free online
… in editing
I edited this ‘ Love Letter To Live Music’, a 10,000-word feature where The Indiependent contributor team poured their heart out about the best shows they’ve ever been to, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
… in writing
I pitched a music column but it got rejected within a record 7 minutes by the publication I thought it would be a great fit for. I’ll try elsewhere-watch this space.
Articles written: 1
Articles published: 2
I reviewed Death By Unga Bunga’s new album Heavy Male Insecurity for The Indiependent, which came out on 12 February and is a great listen.
Another article I wrote for work, I enjoyed this Q&A with LGBTQ+ artist Anita Gabrielle about her new EP ‘Just Neat’, which features a duet with Ed Sheeran collaborator Amy Wadge.
… in listening/watching
I had a bit of a ~meh~ week on the productivity front if I’m totally honest with you. A lot of Brooklyn 99 and New Girl was comfort binged.
Psst- Framing Britney Spears (on Hulu) is an important watch, examining the mistreatment of Britney by the press, paparazzi and general public in the noughties.
… in reading
- Kate Solomon’s The Telegraph article: ‘Sexualised, mocked, and fed to the wolves: why the Britney Spears story shames us all’ is a great piece on media consumer complicity
- Evie Muir’s Journo Resources piece ‘This is how to spot (and tackle) toxic white feminism in the newsroom’ was important reading: “Without personal commitment to challenging internalised biases, and the systems that operate to benefit whiteness, journalists are complicit.”
- If you witnessed baked bean gate on Twitter this week then definitely read Kate Lindsay’s ‘Brands on Instagram need to get a room’
- Currently buying books faster than I can read them, so Sirin Kale’s Guardian piece on the rise of emotional spending CALLED ME OUT
- Rachel Syme’s The New Yorker piece ‘How we lie to ourselves about history’ was fascinating stuff and made me want to listen to the ‘You’re Wrong About’ podcast
- Loved Serena Smith’s VICE piece on how ‘Gen Z are already nostalgic for 2014’ — I used to have about 20,000 Tumblr followers and non-ironically called myself ‘Tumblr famous’ (cringe) so this article felt like a real trip down memory lane
- Rupert Hawksley’s The Independent piece on how ‘Every meme and moment is flogged for all its worth — television is killing the social media star’ is so on the nose
- David Pegg and Rob Evans’ investigation on the Queen, who successfully lobbied for a change in law to hide her private wealth, was really excellent reporting
- Diyora Shadijanova’s VICE piece on ‘The problem with Clubhouse’ was interesting even to someone like me with an anxiety disorder to whom an audio-only social media app sounds like actual hell on earth
- Hopefully you know by now how much I adore Taylor Swift — so I adored Izzie Price’s The Independent piece ‘I went to an all-girls boarding school — Taylor Swift taught me everything I know about love’
Originally published at https://thepeakdistrict.substack.com.