Cruel compendium #18: Gift guide edition 🎁
Things, artists and writers I love
I’m thankful for the space I’ve had here to make it art, and connect with all of you. If you’re planning to spend this weekend clicking on things on the internet you may or may not purchase and letting your brain float into a capitalism cloud (like I am), allow me to provide some inspiration. Read on for a gift guide full of items, artists and writers I love and want to share with you. Be well.
False labor by Lena Dunham, on her fertility struggles
Will anyone ever love me? in the !Hola Papi! advice newsletter
When Covid hit, I started walking 20,000 steps a day. It changed my life. By Isaac Fitzgerald
How to stop interrupting and change the world by Nancy Kline
I’m listening to
All five of You’re Wrong About’s episodes about Princess Diana 😢
Questionable self-care advice
Support I got that you might need to hear
None of these are affiliate links—only things I love and desire and want you to know about.
Floral art bouquet from Studio Roof
The Future is Female tie-dye shirt from DentzDenim
Goodwill mystery boxes
Boxes of sustainable clothing, proceeds go to programs that support the community.
The LELO Sona Cruise 2
The best vibrator I’ve ever had. On sale!
Little Rooms jewelry
Milk Bar delivery
Mystic Mondays tarot deck
The vibrant, feminist tarot deck I was gifted last year and use often.
Scott Lenhardt art
I buy his 24-hour woman calendar of a nude adventurer every year, and my sister even has a tattoo of her. I don’t see the 2021 calendar on sale yet, but he still has wonderful pins and art for sale.
Some of my favorite books
Remember to buy from an independent and/or Black-owned bookstore
Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel S.F. Heller
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (read our interview at Time Out New York)
Blue Nights by Joan Didion
Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene. Read our CSBC interview here.
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
Newsletter subscriptions to gift yourself or others
Most of these have free versions, but you can support the writer and get more content by buying a subscription.
#5SmartReads for a lot of great reads from several smart women
The Ann Friedman weekly. All the links you’ll ever need from a writer I adore.
Anti-Racism Daily, a daily educational email.
Drawing Links by Edith Zimmerman. Daily musings told through comics.
Evil Witches, a hilarious newsletter for people who happen to be mothers
Foreign Bodies, exploring the intersection of the immigrant experience and mental health.
Griefbacon by Helena Fitzgerald, who thankfully just brought back her newsletter of moving essays
Tangle, a daily bipartisan politics newsletter
True Colors, sharing work by women of color
Webworm with David Ferrier. Ferrier brought us the documentary Tickled and TV show Dark Tourist and continues to explore the internet’s underbelly here.
More newsletters I love that are free:
!Hola Papi!, a queer advice newsletter
Laura Olin’s lists, one of my few must-reads
Nisha’s Internet Tote Bag; life musings, links, and recipes
Subtle Maneuvers, on the working habits of artists
The Sunday Soother, on self-growth and healthy habits
The Tiff Weekly, about the author’s life and work in London
For some cheer
This thread of family holiday goss:
Nicola Slawson of The Single Supplement got my postcard in the UK! I love to spread cheer by snail mail. Read her deeply vulnerable piece about body image here.
Yesterday the lovely Jillian Anthony made my day when a postcard she sent me from the epic US road trip she is currently on arrived. If you haven’t signed up to her amazing newsletter Cruel Summer Book Club, what are you waiting for? It’s so good. She also happens to be a badass single woman making her own way in the world.
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