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Cruel Compendium #43 😻
Just walk around, write down the best things, and leave the moon out of it
I’m Jillian Anthony, and this is Cruel Summer Book Club, a newsletter about change and living well.
Long time no scroll! Some mini-updates from me:
On Monday someone stole my potted prayer plant right out of my garden in broad daylight. (This is my mood from now on.) I can’t stop coming up with storylines about who steals plants, and why. But I can’t be that stressed about it because…
I lost my most important possession in the world at a concert. And I GOT IT BACK. I’ll tell you the whole story sometime soon.
I’m 74 days sober, on my way to my goal of 100 days. Mostly it’s been fantastic! But I am feeling some interesting feelings—and that’s the whole point. More to come on this, and a lot of other important changes I’ve been making, in a future issue.
I’m heading into the second weekend of my first SXSW as a local. If you’re in town and want to kick it, let me know!
The best reading I’ve done so far this year:
This riveting read on why no one will read your book and the realities of the publishing industry was written by Elle Griffin a year ago.
Ukrainians find that relatives in Russia don’t believe it’s a war by Valerie Hopkins. Terrifying echoes of the misinformation campaigns plaguing the United States.
Ukraine crisis coverage reveals stark biases by Hope King. What if we welcomed all refugees equally?
What it’s like to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail as a transgender woman by Mary Beth Skylis
Once I stopped drinking, I started to love dating by Sarah Wood
I dated the way I drank. In binges, marked by regret and heartbreak. Never knowing when to stop.
I’m listening to
I laughed my ass off through this entire Celebrity Book Club recap of Peggy Guggenheim’s Confessions of an Art Addict, which I also highly recommend reading!
Questionable self-care advice
📅 100 things that made my year by Austin Kleon
✨ Every Sunday I write down the best thing that happened that week; I’ll go through all of them at the end of the year. I got this idea from the delightful Dolly Meckler.
🚽 Explore Marcel Duchamp’s archives online
👩🍳 What’s your best kitchen hack? Check the comments.
💻 I had NO idea that there are job interview scam artists out there!
🖼️ I love the idea of an embroidery journal for those who are farther along in their skills than I
🦟 I’ve watched this hundreds of times, and I’m still laughing
🌌 The area between the stove and counter might as well be another dimension
🪄 When avada kedavra goes too far
Minerva gets replaced in the newsletter this week by my foster mama, Polka Dottie, and her six tiny bbs!
A date recently told me that “girls act like they invented walking” and I could NOT agree more.
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