Welcome to autumn and, for me, publication month. The Secret Lives of Colour, a book that owes its genesis to the colour column I write for Elle Decoration, hits the shelves on October 20th. I can’t wait to share it with you.
The launch is taking place on October 11th at the beautiful Library members club in London and has been kindly sponsored by Jensen’s, a delicious gin also hailing from the city. If you’d like to attend you can buy a day pass here. After publication I will also be giving talks, signing books and generally promoting my little heart out. When I have a clearer idea of the schedule I’ll put it in the Books tab above.
Enough about the book! Below is a highly abbreviated edit of the best of the internet this month — enjoy:
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Two fantastic episodes from the podcast This American Life. The first is particularly pertinent in the run-up to an election that has revealed the deep insecurities many Americans feel about their country and its place in the world. It follows a man who won the green-card lottery as he struggles against huge odds to redeem his golden ticket. The second is also deeply moving. It examines the power of words can have to connect people with loved ones
High Hitler: how methamphetamines fuelled the Nazis
Photographs of pastel-hued sports’ courts
My review of “1920s Jazz Age“, the new exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London
Another fascinating podcast for election junkies. Hosted by two former Obama-campaign staff members, it’s all about this campaign cycle and is packed with fascinating behind-the-scenes tidbits. Unashamedly pro-Democrat
One day the police get an anonymous tip that a PTA mom had bags of weed and pills in her car. It seems like an open-and-shut case, but the cop on duty begins to suspect that something is a little off… A seething, true-crime long-read played out in a bloodless American suburb
How Hillary won the first presidential debate
The New York Public Library has installed a book train
The effect the white lab coat has had on medical history
Jenni Avins argues in The Atlantic that we are all cultural appropriators now, and shrill attempts to police and define these boundaries are fraught and pointless…up to a point. While the free exchange of ideas has the power to be hugely positive, some lines shouldn’t be crossed
A new project from Tate Britain pairs artwork to news images with startling results
Welcome to the Nowhere Office, a new breed of workspace that is contemporary, monochrome, minimal and so clean it is almost as if you were never there.