It’s been ten months since I last compiled a list of cultural recommendations (for want of a better phrase) and, to be truthful, I haven’t read, watched or listened to very much in that time — nothing new, at least. It’s surprising how quickly your musical repertoire begins to resemble Erykah Badu’s discography when all you do is read serious journal articles and half-heartedly write essays. (What isn’t surprising is how relaxed you feel after listening to Linslee Campbell’s remix of Next Lifetime. Every. Time.)
After ten minutes of digital spring cleaning, I figured the best way to get back into the habit would be to revisit some gems from the past. For this edition of Internet Stranger Recommends Things, I went as far back as my irrational tendency to delete things would permit. Enjoy.
- Maria Grazia Chiuri made her Dior debut last week, but all I can think about is Jo-Ann Furniss’ piece for AnOther on Raf Simons’ final collection as Dior’s creative director.
- “Go for a walk along the river and discuss how much you hate James Franco with your date, James Franco.” First-Date Ideas for Conceptual Artists.
- Rollo May on Kierkegaard on anxiety and creativity: “In every experience of creativity something in the past is killed that something new in the present may be born.”
- Sit, Roll Over, Play Dead. Edgard F. Grima’s 2011 short film packs a unexpected punch. The final twist is far from gimmicky; I almost didn’t see it coming.
- Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock makes for perfect summer viewing, when all you want is to sprawl on a sofa while listening to Gheorghe Zamfir’s panpipe.
- There’s an art to the ‘no-makeup makeup’ look, and nothing matches the feeling of watching someone execute it well. If you’re looking for a guilty pleasure, might I suggest watching Tamira Jarrel?
- Björk’s Crystalline. Listen to the original, the Matthew Herbert remix, Omar Souleyman’s take on the song, and repeat. If you’re feeling particularly uninspired, you should probably watch the music video a few times too.
- These six songs by Lykke Li (playlist). Starting with the infectious chorus on I Follow Rivers and ending with the heartbreaking ballad, Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone, it’s a mindfulness exercise for your heart. Bonus: the G.O.A.T. of lyrics (“I’m your prostitute, you gon’ get some”) on Get Some.
- Mary. J. Blige. Hit shuffle. That’s all.