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Sugar and Hillary and podcasts that go clang

Posted by laurensams | February 16th, 2016 | No responses

Happy Sunday!

This week I had the very, very enviable task of profiling Sydney’s ten best desserts. Ugh, poor me, right? So I spent the week driving round procuring all manner of sweet treats, giving myself a serious sugar headache and probably three extra kilos in the process. The story will appear in this week’s Good Food supplement of The Herald and will likely be nominated for a Walkley for the sheer arduousness of it.

I am really busy trying to write my second book and – to be honest – finding it quite difficult. I mean, it’s not like writing about sugar and cream or anything fun like that. It’s a much slower process than my first book and I’m really not sure it’s going to be any good. I keep thinking about that scene in The Affair (side note: Dominic West, amirite?!) where the Dad says, “Lots of people have a first book, not many have a second.” Fark. Things that are helping: reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, eating ten thousand coconut Lindt balls, talking to my friend (and fellow author) Gabrielle Tozer about how hard it can be. Things that are not helping: procrastinating by buying basically everything from Target’s new homewares collection and searching this database for Simpsons screengrabs.

And a bunch of other stuff I’m reading/watching/listening to…

The New York Times is endorsing Hillary because of course they are. As a dedicated viewer of The West Wing, I am obviously really into this election. Cannot wait to see how Josh and Donna tackle it all. Will Jed Bartlett endorse Hillary, too, or is he more of a Sanders guy? Time will tell.

Juicy: what people wore to their Vogue interviews with Anna Wintour. For my first interview at Cosmo, I wore a Portmans top and Witchery jeans. I’m not kidding, these were the two best items in my wardrobe at the time. So farshun.

Depressing: men who ask for flexible working conditions usually don’t get them. Just off to find a wall to bang my head against.

There’s a Michael Pollan doco coming to Netflix and it looks real good.

I just finished Sloane Crosley’s The Clasp (very good, would recommend) and now I’m reading Amanda Keller’s fabulously titled Natural Born Keller. It is possibly one of the funniest memoirs I have ever read: I’m talking up there with your Tinas and Mindys and Amys. Uh-huh. Get into it.

As anyone who knows me will attest: I know literally nothing about current music. Like, I thought Kendrick Lamar was married to Khloe Kardashian. (I also know nothing about sports). But apparently there is this band called The National and apparently they are quite good and what I do know for sure is that there’s this documentary about the lead singer and his brother and it’s really worth a watch. It’s called Mistaken for Strangers.

Everything you wanted to know about yum cha but were too busy eating dumplings to ask: I wrote about yum cha etiquette for Good Food.

Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales’s podcast, Chat 10 Looks 3, is back for 2016. Clang!

Clear eyes, full hearts, there’s a Friday Night Lights reunion happening. #texasforever

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