No Complaints #60: Poppies, Penguins and Peak Punctuatio

A surprise day-early newsletter because I have declared the Easter weekend an internet-free zone (see the gif at the bottom for more on this).

Things to read

“We go back and watch the moments leading up to this. You wouldn’t know anything was happening to Mvula if you weren’t looking for it. Her fingers brush her face. Her jaw tightens. She looks frightened, then determined – finally overcome. ‘I haven’t watched this back before,’ says Mvula.”

Laura Mvula has excellent taste in a) music b) TV sitcoms c) interviewers. Email to Pocket.


“However! There is reason to think that our age of promiscuity will be short-lived – that the punctuational pendulum will swing back in the direction of single marks, or no marks at all. We may well have reached peak punctuation.”

It’s ok!!! I probably won’t be writing like this for much longer?!? Email to Pocket.



“Then I began to weep, openly, into the soup. It wasn’t their simple teasing; my mood had been strange all day. For tomorrow I’d be sent to London to visit our sister Mary – my first trip away from home! What if the yellow poppies bloomed? What if our mother died?”

I am so excited about this book. Email to Pocket.



“In 1882, clothier Hyman Sarner wanted to build homes on property he owned near Lexington Avenue in New York City, but noticed a small strip of land between the street and his proposed building. He made an offer to owner Joseph Richardson, who felt he was being low-balled and refused. Sarner went ahead anyway, building apartments with windows overlooking Richardson's land. This incensed Richardson who, in response, built a tiny, five-foot wide apartment building on the seemingly worthless parcel to piss off Sarner. The resulting building, which was torn down in 1915, was so narrow only one person at a time could use the stairs, and when reporters came to check out the oddity after it was built, one became caught inside and had to be rescued.”

On spite houses, or things built by people who don’t know when to let it go. Email to Pocket.



“Some feminists argue, moreover, that the very framework of economics is imbued with subtler forms of sexism. They point, for instance, to many economists’ blindness towards social norms that are unfair to women. Textbook models of the labour market, for example, assume that people choose between work and leisure based on how much spare time they have, how much they might earn and fixed personal preferences. By that logic, a woman’s decision about whether or not to take a break from work to have children is a function of how much she earns and how highly she values mothering.”

The case for a feminist economics. Email to Pocket.


Things to listen to

I'm spending at least part of my long weekend out of doors, and so to get me in a spring-like mood I've been listening to dozens of back episodes of Tweet of the Day (the bird kind, not the 140 character kind). My favourites include the skylark, the nuthatch, the house sparrow and the Adelie penguin (not sure how many of the latter I’ll encounter, but anyway).

Things to watch

What we didn't know about penis anatomy.

Nora Ephron on why Meryl Streep should play you.

Oh, Edith.


Compulsory medieval thingamabob

Happy Easter, bunny!

The guest gif

Consider this my out of office.

THE END. See you next time*!
*Next time will probably be next Friday. If you want to suggest things I should include in the next one of these, please do reply and send me links.