One. The focus of our site is women in and around our age, but talent and intelligence are obviously ageless – or we would stop reading Rimbaud at 37. I have mentioned more than once I am an admirer of Lena Dunham and of how she has applied her talent to the cause of women. Her bi-weekly newsletter, thelennyletter.com, edited with her best friend, Jenni Konner, makes for intelligent and fun reading. Not every feature is for me but, overall, it is a brilliant insight in younger women’s minds, and a ray of hope for the future.
Two. I have now lived half my life outside of Italy and Italian is not my default language anymore. I am stuck in that limbo of bilingual people who are stopped in their tracks, more often than they would like, looking for words in either language. Going back and forth between two languages is not as seamless as it once was. There is a reason for it and the end result is not all bad, on the contrary. If you are one of us, you can read why here, and why being stuck is good for your brain.
Three. Sometimes, to measure the present, you have to look back and remember the lessons of the past. It was Grammys week. But you might not have noticed. There is very little about the current Grammy offerings that makes my heart flutter. So, while we are all still reeling from the loss of David Bowie, I thought I would pluck the archives and come up with something special: the rehearsal of “Under Pressure” for the Freddy Mercury Tribute Concert back in 1992, performed by David Bowie and Annie Lennox. Mind you, not the actual show. A peep of two professionals at work (and check out George Michael in the wings).
Four. In this age of high-tech coffee makers and timed tea infusions, here is a new twist on that old and fusty and quintessentially British object: the tea cosy. Courtesy of our wonderful friend Eddie C, who was having tea and was served a tea pot wearing this. I wish I could knit just to make it.
Five. If I could only take a step forward in these shoes. Miuccia Prada and I have been sharing the same quirky shoe sense for decades now. And lord knows how much of my hard earned money has gone to acquire her shoes. How about this twist on the timeless ballet flat??
Top Image by Oliver Jeffers from his book Stuck