Things to read
“She stopped me every 20 minutes to ask how I was feeling. ‘Like a bald Britney brandishing an umbrella’ meant nothing to her. I tried again. She adjusted her Rothko suicide scarf and told me, ‘Vomit is not an emotion’.”
“In 1998, Kwolek was asked in an interview about her status as a legendary female inventor. She humbly said, ‘It really hasn't made any difference for me except that it's made me more busy. Sometimes I feel sort of embarrassed by the whole thing.’ Kwolek's esteemed invention is our inheritance.”
For six long years, Mr McFadyen returned a few times a week, averaging 100 days a year, to photograph the kingfishers as they dived into the lake. He clocked up more than 4,200 hours and took around 720,000 photos before he got the perfect shot of the kingfisher doing a flawless dive into the water, without even a splash.”
“The friends who have never met each other before are therefore herded into a silent flat. By the time the seating plan fiasco has happened, and the guests have realised that they’re doomed to spend a night spooning cheese onto crisps and doing what is essentially indoor topiary with the chives, someone suggests that we might have some music on.
It’s very audible, seeing as there’s no other sound. The table hisses in agreement.”
“‘Why no John Stuart Mill, and the proposal for the extension of the franchise to women?’ asks Harris. ‘In some ways I would have thought he’d be a much more interesting character to focus on [than Marx] if you open out a gendered perspective on political discontent.’”
The response to the impromptu “Women Make Podcasts Too” section I did last week has been very vocal – lots of you liked it and want it to become a regular thing, and many more sent me suggestions for things I can include. I’ve been madly busy this week (mostly podcasting, as it happens, we’ve got some excellent SRSLY specials coming out in the next couple of weeks and you should subscribe now to avoid disappointment later), but I’m going to give everything you’ve sent me so far a proper listen and you can expect WMPT to become a regular in your newsletter very shortly. I’ll also try and work out a better system for doing submissions in future.
Things to listen to
Meanwhile, listen to Stephanie Cole reading Diana Athill’s essays about being old and wonderful and clever.
Things to watchA history of women's useless pockets.
"I shouldn't say my tattoo, I should live it."
Through a glass, sadly.