Another month, another set of favourites. Here are six things I loved in March.
I am loving this last season of Girls. The narrative has matured into something darker, more nuanced and funnier than ever. Marnie is on a "psycho sexual hamster wheel” with her addicted ex husband. Shosanna’s idealism has melted into despair, Jessa’s off self-destructing all over Adam and Hannah has become a modicum more mature and considerate, though she’s still tornadoing her way through the world wondering why it’s not all going her way. The American Bitch episode was a perfect bottle episode (following on from One Man’s Trash & the one when Charlie comes back). I’ll miss it when it ends.
When the actual news got too much for me, I sank myself into this 1980s era show about Russian spies. It’s a cat and mouse thriller, without being a whodunnit. It has secrets and intrigue, great costumes/disguises and a reminder of what a pre-internet world was like. More than anything, it’s about the treacherous intimacy of a marriage. I also have a (somewhat obvious) theory about why we like spy shows. Because we’re all shifting our identities and hiding the truth.
Mari Andrew's illustration class
I spent a cozy Saturday working my way through Mari’s lovely illustration class. Her drawings often capture something poignant or funny about being alive. This class is a series of prompts and formats, that are designed to make you think as much as to get you drawing something. I really enjoyed it.
Having my own washing machine
This might full under the category of ‘duh!’ and/or modern luxuries that no right thinking person would include in their list of favourites, but I love my washing machine. It broke before Christmas and it took a while to get it sorted. (Still chasing that receipt btw Hotpoint, you really do have atrocious customer service). I trekked to the laundromat every fortnight with a giant bag of stinky clothes in New York and sat on the floor with the bugs hand washing my clothes during a long summer in India. I often think of my grandmother doing it by hand, for 6 kids. There’s something endlessly lovely about hearing the washing machine going while I’m reading or doing other jobs, knowing that this modern convenience is saving me 3 hours of my life. I am always dorkily grateful for that. Love you washing machine, hate you hotpoint!
I might be one of the last humans on the planet to have seen (& loved) Moonlight, but if you have also missed it, do yourself a favour and catch up now. It’s short, poetic and (both emotionally and aesthetically) beautiful. I didn’t know too much about the story going in and that made it better. In sum: it’s a coming of age story centred on a young, black boy. It’s only about 90 minutes long, and every one of them is exquisite. It earned every iota of that oscar, despite the hoo ha.
Another great Laura Olin-created crowd-sourced project that blends emotions with technology, which seems to me among my favourite blends. It’s a simple google map where people have imprinted their strongest memories. Very moving to read, and an idea I’m filing away in my mental ‘to do’ vault.