I haven’t yet read Marie Kondo’s best seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising but I really enjoyed the recent NY Times article by Taffy Brodesser-Akner about her ethos and her mixed- to put it politely- impact on the bizarre and fascinating world of professional organisers.
The article does what all great journalism should do, it takes you through a whole world. It was funny and intelligent, moving and thought-provoking. I will definitely be spending some more time this weekend reading through some of Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s other articles on her great neon website!
Serendipity (and hours happily spent in a maze of open web tabs) then led me to a piece on Man Repeller by Leandra Medine that was linked to the profile article on Marie Kondo. It was really interesting to read a personal reaction that saw the NY Times article in a completely different way than I did.
After researching ethical underwear at the beginning of the week, I started reading about different sustainable fabrics. I found a great article on The Guardian about bamboo, which has had ambivalent reactions across the ethical fashion world because it has both pros and cons as an environmentally friendly alternative to cotton. See what you think.
In the last few months I’ve surprised myself by discovering an addiction for Instagram feeds that feature beautifully decorated cookies. I think it’s the fact that cookies can be manipulated both in their shape and decoration, which offers an almost endless supply of creative options for me to ogle, that means I am absorbed by these photos of sugar cookies turned into mountains, animals, flags, and on, and on. My favourite cookies so far are by Cookies for a Cause, who make the cookies in their spare time and donate 50% of their profits to the ACLU, IRAP, Planned Parenthood and The NRDC. Everything about what they do makes me feel warm and hopeful.
Long read of the week: ‘Who gets to rebuild after Harvey?’ by Kate Aronoff for The Intercept.
And now for something completely different…‘itty bitty buttholes’…haha.
Some weekend reading: This is an interesting piece by Shaun Richman on Vox about the right to organise at work.
And a weekend recipe to try: I much prefer savoury breakfasts to sweet (unless it’s pancakes!) and this tofu chickpea scramble on Vegan Richa looks perfect.
Have a lovely weekend!