01. Best night at the Wheeler Centre seeing Sloane Crosley. She talked about writing both fiction and nonfiction, noting that “In complimenting fiction, people say ‘It’s so believable, so realistic’ but in complimenting memoir they say ‘It’s unbelievable!’”. Plus I was thrilled to hear that there’s a movie script for Cult Classic underway, and that her new work of narrative nonfiction focuses on grief (Grief is for People, out next year).
02. Two movies this week – Aftersun which was basically two hours of tension, but very, very good. Truly captured how it must be for a child living with a mentally unstable parent – the ‘vigilance’ for the child was exhausting. And then for laughs, Magic Mike’s Last Dance. My favourite bit was when my friend said, “I’m not quite sure what they’re getting at…” and we both screamed with laughter (because it’s such a subtle movie).
03. Cooking: Lots of things from RecipeTin Eats Dinner by Nagi Maehashi (favourites so far – Tuscan chicken pasta bake; beef and bean enchiladas; chicken gyros).
05. Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist – I’ve read two (The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell and Trespasses by Louise Kennedy); have another (I’m a Fan by Sheena Patel); and I’m interested in Cursed Bread by Sophie Mackintosh, Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. Homesick by Jennifer Croft, and The Dog of the North by Elizabeth McKenzie