Friday links

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  • These photos of a New York City nurse at work are quite moving. (New Yorker)
  • Fascinating stories of what it’s like to be alone during the pandemic. (NY Times)
  • The Simpsons do Succession.  (Kottke)
  • In case you missed it, we’ve got a new podcast episode out this week, with the legendary Times columnist and cookbook author Melissa Clark, and it’s a good one. (Everything is Fine)
  • Check out these murals made by artists in quarantine. (Colossal)
  • I enjoyed this piece about the “fabulous, forgotten life” of Vita Sackville-West. (Paris Review via Go Fug Yourself)
  • This shepherd’s pie recipe is just aces, though it only calls for two potatoes, and I would respectfully submit that it requires three. (The Wholesome Dish)
  • Caitlin Moran on her favorite coming-of-age movies. (A.V. Club)
  • And here’s a fond remembrance of Jerry Stiller, who died this week. (New Yorker)

 

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    Tahe Z
    15 May 2020
    12:14pm

    That Simpsons intro is great and I didn’t even mind what has become the most irritating ear worm of all, the Succession theme song. I can’t stop thinking about that series and even plan to watch it again with the hubs since I started and binged on it without him. Come on, Season 3!

    Also, Kim if you like espadrilles and ever consider doing a post on them, I wouldn’t mind :^). I think they’re going to be my shoe du saison. Hope you all have a good weekend!

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    D.Morgendorffer
    16 May 2020
    1:18pm

    Does anyone have any anchovy brand recommendations, besides Ortiz? (I try to have a few backup/substitution brands when shopping for anything now.) Thank you to any anchovy experts who have suggestions. Regarding a different kind of treat, I was reminded of a Sackville-West novel that I always meant to read, All Passion Spent. I guess Vita would know!

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    Kim
    15 May 2020
    9:40am

    I’d never had shepherd’s pie until I met the man I’d eventually marry. Now it’s one of my top comfort foods. Putting the ingredients for that recipe on our grocery list and am looking forward to trying a new version (with 3 potatoes, for sure).

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      Eloise
      15 May 2020
      10:29am

      For those in NY/NJ lucky enough to have a FreshDirect delivery slot these days (I literally danced around my living room – quite a sight, trust me – when I was able to reserve a weekly slot, which you can try your luck if you sign up for the Delivery Pass free trial which nets you free delivery for two months), FD’s pre-made vegetarian sweet potato pie is REALLY GOOD.

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    Cyndi
    15 May 2020
    1:33pm

    What a coincidence! I made this same shepherd’s pie recipe earlier in the week. It was a big hit and leftovers didn’t last long. I also used three potatoes and I recommend no less — much more cheese too. I served green beans almondine as a side.

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    c.w.
    15 May 2020
    1:17pm

    Echoing Liz. Kim, I do hope you and Mister are doing well. This list looks great. Holding off on reading anything too closely until tomorrow so I can have a treat for Saturday. Hope everyone has a great weekend. @geosteinmetz is a great one to follow on Instagram if anyone is looking for something new. Such beautiful photos…

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    Stephanie
    15 May 2020
    2:57pm

    It’s cold and raining here today and Shepherd’s Pie seems like a brilliant idea. I’ll use the Beyond Meat ground beef instead of cow or lamb meat — it’s the basis for Melissa Clark’s crazy good new Meatless Meatballs (NYT) so I think it’ll work just fine. Thanks for the lead!

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      Liz
      15 May 2020
      3:46pm

      It definitely will. I used to make my Shepherd’s Pie with TVP and actually preferred it to ground beef (I also seasoned & sauced the crap out of it). And that Beyond Beef is so amazing.

      I don’t know about you guys, but we use Amazon Fresh for grocery delivery, and the only annoying thing about them is that they have no fresh herbs or shallots (or regular flour – come on, bakers, stop hoarding that shit). Shepherd’s Pie is a great recipe that doesn’t require either.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    15 May 2020
    3:40pm

    Eloise, I know what you mean about being interested in her selection. I always like how the links suggest someone who has earned the approval of a whisper of stylish librarians. The thing is, stylish librarians definitely are GOACA readers. (To the stylish librarians reading this, yes, I know y’all don’t all whisper: you are guardians of the indoor voice, which is different. I would have said her link selection earned your stamp of approval, but circulation has switched to barcodes scans followed by sticker thingies on dust jackets for due dates. Technological innovation is not always a friend to metaphor.)

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      Viajera
      18 May 2020
      11:12am

      Ooooh … fun with collective nouns (I think? grammar not my strong suit …) How do I miss the library! Big phooey.

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    Anna
    15 May 2020
    7:09pm

    I love the Friday posts!

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    Liz
    15 May 2020
    8:23am

    Kim – now that the week is drawing to a close, I want to say I hope you’re doing okay. Grieving doesn’t stop. Take care of yourself and Mister, and thank you for everything you do for us!

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      Kim France
      15 May 2020
      12:09pm

      Thanks, Liz. It really is a process.

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    Eloise
    15 May 2020
    8:18am

    These look great this week but I am resisting the urge to read then all at once and am going to try to parse them out over the course of the weekend. (I already listened to the most recent podcast episode and loved it despite never – even these days – cooking anything!) How do you create the list? Do you read tons daily? Search for certain topics? Do you actually read the Parisian Review, regularly? I know it’s been asked before but I am newly curious about your favorite “magazines,” blogs, etc. Sorry to be a ball of annoying questions this am, but maybe there’s a future post re: this?

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      Kim France
      15 May 2020
      12:10pm

      It’s just sort of the stuff I come across in the course of a week: on social media, the sites I visit regularly, etc.

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